Functioning as a unique, top-tier program within the state, and also within the designated MLS youth home territory, the Minnesota United FC Academy will be a destination for select, high-potential talent that is referred from the region’s youth clubs.

The Development Academy was created in 2007 by U.S. Soccer, following a comprehensive review of elite player development in the United States and around the world. The Academy program's philosophy is based on increased training, fewer total games and the use of international rules of competition. Today, over 150 clubs across the U.S. have been granted an Academy license and are members of the Development Academy. 

Major League Soccer requires all MLS clubs to operate an academy program as part of their club’s player development strategy. In addition, MLS organizes and conducts the Generation adidas Cup open only to academies from MLS clubs.

Minnesota United will launch the first phase of their academy with the U13 and U14 age groups in 2017 and will phase in over subsequent years teams at the U15, U17 and U19 age groups.


Provide a superior soccer education within a professional club environment, where young, talented athletes can realize their potential by embracing the philosophy, values and culture of Minnesota United, in the process growing into quality individuals, respected teammates and outstanding players with the potential to become professional athletes.


  • Develop players through a clear and consistent style and pattern of play.
  • Foster a commitment to the club above all and an understanding that the whole is greater than the sum of the parts.
  • Pay meticulous attention to every aspect of the development process.
  • Place long-term results over immediate gains to most benefit player growth.

Minnesota United FC Academy is a proud member of the U.S. Soccer Federation Development Academy.