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Elite Academy U13 – U19

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MTA Elite Academy U13-U19 – Overview

The Elite Academy program typically consists of two teams at each age-group (U13-U19). All teams train year-round, consistently challenge for State Cup Championships, and compete against regional and national opponents.  No Minnesota club has been more successful at developing elite players and teams than MTA.

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Boy’s Elite Academy

The MTA Elite Academy focuses on the technical, tactical, physical, and psychological development of Minnesota’s top U13 to U19 players.

Teams are based in the Twin Cities metro area.  Players include those from hometowns in the Twin Cities as well as out-state Minnesota. The MTA Boys Elite Academy program typically consists of two teams at each age-group (U13-U18).

DA = US Soccer Development Academy
MYSA = Minnesota Youth Soccer Association
NPL = National Premier League

Tryouts for the MTA Boys Elite Academy typically occur in late July.  For more detail, please visit the Tryouts section.

Training Frequency: 3-4 times per week.
Primary Locations: Academy of Holy Angels (Richfield), Richfield High School

Tuition for the 2017-18 MTA Boys Elite Academy is $2910.  Uniforms, tournament registration fees, and travel expenses are not included in tuition.

MTA Boys Elite Academy teams typically participate in 3-4 tournaments per year in addition to league play. The following list includes recent tournaments in which that MTA Boys Elite Academy teams have participated.

Minnesota State Cup/Midwest Region II Championship/National Championship
MYSA Summer State Tournament
NSC Cup (Blaine, MN)
Showcase Tournament (Orlando, FL)
Showcase Tournament (Dallas, TX)
Showcase Tournament (San Diego, CA)
Showcase Tournament (New Jersey)

Girl’s Elite Academy

The program is for players who take their soccer seriously and would like to achieve a higher level of competition. The philosophy of the Elite Academy is that top players develop best when surrounded by other talented players and under the guidance of highly qualified coaches.

MTA Girls Elite Season Plans 2017-18

Teams are based in the Twin Cities metro area.  Players include those from hometowns in the Twin Cities as well as out-state Minnesota. The MTA Girls Elite Academy program typically consists of two teams at each age-group (U13-U18).

ECNL = Elite Clubs National League
MRL = Midwest Regional League
MYSA = Minnesota Youth Soccer Association

Tryouts for the MTA Girls Elite Academy typically occur in late July.  For more detail, please visit the Tryouts section.

Training Frequency: 3-4 times per week.
Primary Locations: Academy of Holy Angels (Richfield), Richfield High School

Tuition for the 2017-18 MTA Girl’s Elite Academy is $2600.  Uniforms, tournament registration fees, and travel expenses are not included in tuition.

MTA Girls Elite Academy teams typically participate in 3-4 tournaments per year in addition to league play. The following list includes recent tournaments in which that MTA Girls Elite Academy teams have participated.

Eclipse Challenge Cup (Chicago, IL)
EGA Showcase (Kansas City, MO)
Disney Showcase (Orlando, FL)
Legends Cup (Los Angeles, CA)
Minnesota State Cup/Midwest Region II Championship/National Championship
MTA Winter College Showcase (Saint Cloud, MN)
Muscatine College Search Kick-Off (Muscatine, IA)
MYSA Summer State Tournament
NSC Cup (Blaine, MN)
Presidents’ Day Tournament (Phoenix, AZ)
Real Colorado Cup (Denver, CO)
Showcase Tournament (Las Vegas, NV)
SLSG Spring Classic (St. Louis, MO)
SLSG Fall Classic (St. Louis, MO)

Elite Academy FAQ

Financial aid may be available to those that qualify.  An application with proof of income must be presented to the MTA Board of Directors on a yearly basis.  There are also opportunities for players/teams to participate in fundraisers to help curb costs.

MTA is home to many players who participate in multiple sports and MTA celebrates the multi-sport athlete experience.  The desire is that the player is respectful of the commitment to the team and be present at most team events.  Athletes playing in the US Soccer Development Academy, ECNL, MTA Elite Academy, MTA Junior Academy, MRL, MYSA Premier, or MYSA Classic 1 level must be willing to be at a vast majority of the team’s training sessions and competitive events.  The cost is the same for players who attend all events and those who attend on a less regular basis.

Why Choose MTA

  • Year-round training with the top talent in Minnesota.

  • Highly-qualified coaches with US Soccer & NSCAA accreditation.

  • Perfect for serious players who seek a high level of competition.

  • Gain visibility to collegiate scouts and national team coaches.

What Parents Say

MTA provides elite coaching and technical training other clubs cannot match. They also understand how to prepare the kids for the next level.

The kids that gravitate to MTA push each other to be better soccer players while being good people.

The coaching is consistent. It doesn’t matter who the coach is or what level—Each and every coach is teaching the players how to possess the ball and increasing their soccer IQ. We are always please with the methods.

The training, teaching of ball control and footwork, and knowledge of game strategy is hands above community clubs.

Training is great! If you want to play college soccer MTA is heads above everyone else.

As the years go by, our son is growing so much as a player and we are excited for his future with the club

Great coaching staff!

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Challenging every player, at every level, thereby giving an equal opportunity to develop to anyone who wants it.

The coaching and training is excellent as well as the facilities for winter training.

MTA provides a safe and effective training environment.  They provide top level coaching for the elite teams and challenge the players to develop their skills.

MTA provides opportunities for soccer players who are very dedicated to the sport through great coaching and playing opportunities.

My son’s coach truly cares about him and every player on his team.

Camps & Clinics

Minnesota Thunder Academy offers various camps & clinics throughout the calendar year.  Participation in MTA camps and clinics provides an alternative to private lessons and private training.

MTA’s Tryout Prep Camp is designed to introduce players to the core training and tactical activities that coaches implement with the MTA Elite Academy. The experience emphasizes the values and philosophy of the MTA program so the players have an understanding of what evaluation criteria are used during the tryout process.

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MTA’s Father & Son Soccer Camp is an exceptionally unique soccer camp that will build magical memories and top flight soccer skills. Each participant receives individual and group instruction in a fun environment designed to help kids maximize their playing potential and help dads shake some rust off to learn (or relearn) some skills.

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MTA’s DA Prospect Camp is designed to introduce players to the core training and tactical activities that coaches implement with the MTA US Soccer Development Academy program. This camp is designed for boys players that want to join the US Soccer Development Academy. The purpose will be to identify MTA U.S. Soccer Development Academy players.

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MTA’s Girls’ Elite Tryout Prep Camp is designed to introduce players to the core training and tactical activities that coaches implement in the MTA programs. These sessions provide players advanced technical instruction, fitness training, small-group tactical instruction, and large-group tactical instruction. The ECNL Prospect Camp is open to all players, regardless of club affiliation (non-MTA & MTA).

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