The MNUFC YDP is designed to develop the most talented and committed players regardless of social or economic situation into first team players for Minnesota United through the MLS NEXT system of player development. Through the creation of a Pro Player pathway, this program aims to raise the level of soccer in Minnesota.

Producing first team players from Minnesota for MNUFC means creating a program that serves the needs of Minnesota players. Minnesota is unique in soccer and our programming responds to our climate, our soccer calendar, our current systems for development and our geographical isolation. We’re building a system that is right for right here. See below for an example of what a training week for the Minnesota United Youth Development Program might look like.

Training Schedule

Day Time Age Groups
Monday 4:00-6:00 p.m. U15 & U19
Tuesday 4:00-6:00 p.m. U17
Wednesday 4:00-6:00 p.m. U10-U14
Thursday 4:00-6:00 p.m. U15 & U17
Friday 4:00-6:00 p.m. U19 + U15 & U17 Open Play
Saturday OPEN OPEN
Sunday 10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. U10-U14

Within in each age group, MNUFC will create pools of the best players to promote competition. Players will be encouraged to play with their local clubs as well, promoting leadership and further development. The pool approach allows players to be guided to the best developmental situations at the right moments.

Annual Schedule

U15 & U17

  • High School Soccer: August-October
  • ID & Nomination Period: August-January
  • Club Soccer Winter Season: November-April
  • MNUFC Training: November-June
  • YDP Matches: January-June


  • ID & Nomination Period: August-January
  • Trials: October-November
  • Training Pool: February-April
  • Club Soccer Winter Season: November-April
  • Club Regular Season: April-June
  • MNUFC Training: November-January
  • YDP Matches: February-April

Collaboration is an essential element of success. MNUFC will work directly with local clubs to improve the soccer experience for everyone and to minimize conflicts.