The program provides supplemental training and competition to a pool of players who have been identified through tryouts or scouting. This program is in addition to the training and team competition provided by the player’s home club.
Each age group pool will have 30–40 players.
A training schedule identifying the days and times for training will be announced at the beginning of each phase. Training will be held at the National Sports Center, the University of Minnesota and other sport facilities within the Twin Cities.
The commitment is one to two times per week for the entire phase.
After the tryout and review process we will send invitations via TeamSnap to those players selected.
A full-time member of our Development Academy coaching staff oversees the curriculum and serves as the Technical Leader for the program.
The U12 program will have two competition events: US Soccer Futsal Showcase (Indianapolis, IN) and MLS Generation adidas Cup (Dallas, TX). There are no formal competition events for the U11 age group.
The U12s will travel in a similar fashion to our Development Academy teams. We will utilize charter buses or commercial airlines for our travel needs.
The event cost covers travel, hotel and meals. Only players selected to participate in a competition event are responsible for this cost. MNUFC Academy will partially underwrite the cost of participation in the MLS Generation adidas Cup.
No, depending on the event and the specific roster limitations for each event we will need to make a selection on what players will participate in these events.
Yes, communicating with your club coach is very important. We will also communicate with your club’s Director of Coaching after you have notified us of your decision to participate.
Yes, there is this possibility pending available roster spots in that team and provided it is within the registration window for adding players based on US Soccer DA rules.
Yes, as we evaluate players we will at times offer to players who we believe are ready the opportunity to train with the U13 DA team.
No, each player will go through an evaluation process to determine the U13 DA team for the following year.
If you are selected to an event but due to a conflict you are unable to participate in that event, you are still expected to continue with the program of training.
The Futsal event is scheduled in February and the MLS Generation adidas Cup is over Easter weekend.
The training phase is $300 for each player. The events costs are $500 for Futsal and $400 for the MLS GA Cup. Only players selected to participate in events incur these event costs. Please refer to the program overview for more information.
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