MTA ThunderBolts Development Academy for U7-U8

Birthyears 2014 & 2013 eligible* for Fall 2020-Summer 2021

Fall 2021 – – Birthyears 2015 & 2014

*Age exceptions may be made: 2015, 2012 or 2011 players must email the ThunderBolts director for approval before registration.

The mission of the ThunderBolts Development Academy is to offer professional training for all players at any skill level in a fun but challenging age-appropriate environment.  We take great pride in providing positive instruction for each player to ensure development socially, physically and mentally on and off the soccer field. The ThunderBolts program is designed to lay a foundation for the love of soccer, self-discovery and independence for boys and girls ages 6-8. The goals are to expose each player to game-like situations, raise overall ability level and the general soccer awareness of each individual player.

The focus on technical skills training is to allow the Thunderbolts players to become very comfortable with a ball and eventually be able to make natural decisions based on confidence/skill. We fundamentally believe if we can have our kids master the basics through learning some more advanced technical skills, then we can continue to develop players and have them significantly ready for our Boys and Girls Junior Programs as well. At MTA, we value the idea of creating players that are playing fluidly rather than robotic as we know the long term effects as the kids grow into more competitive soccer.

This program follows the US Soccer Federation Play/Train/Play philosophy designed around a player-centered approach to coaching. Players will be encouraged to have fun in the game, challenge themselves in a positive training environment and to learn to love the game of soccer!

Open to boys and girls of all skill levels
3 Seasons of ThunderBolts:  Summer, Fall and 3 Blocks in Winter

Year-round program with 3 Seasons

Fall 2020 Season

Season Dates September 9-October 14, 2020
Session Dates Wednesdays: Sept 9, 16, 23, 30  Oct 7, 14
Sundays: Sept 13, 20, 27   Oct 4, 11
Days & Times Wednesdays 6:30-7:30pm AND
Sundays 5:00-6:00pm
Ages eligible U7-U8 players
Birthyears 2014 & 2013
Location Academy of Holy Angels South Turf field
6600 Nicollet Ave S, Richfield MN 55423
Fee $140 per player
Register now for Fall 2020!

Winter 2020-2021 Season

Ages eligible*:  U7-U8 players, Birthyears 2014, 2013
*Age exceptions may be made: 2015 or 2012 players must email the ThunderBolts director for approval before registration.
Day & time   Sundays 5:00-6:00pm
Location Academy of Holy Angels (South Turf Dome)
6600 Nicollet Ave S, Richfield MN 55423
Dates Nov 1, 8, 15, 22, 29
Dec 6, 13, 20
Jan 3, 10, 17, 24, 31
Feb 7*, 14, 21, 28.  * time change on Feb 7, TBD
Mar 7, 14, 21, 28
Fee $399 ($19 per session) for registrations on or before October 15
$440 ($21 per session) for registrations October 16 or later
Winter Registration – Open Soon!

Summer 2021 Season

Season Dates 2020 June 7-July 19, 2020  CANCELLED due to Covid-19
Session Dates 2020 Sundays:  June 7, 14, 21, 28   July 12, 19 (no session 7/5)
Tuesdays:  June 9, 16, 23, 30  July 7, 14
Days & Times Sundays 4:00-5:00pm  AND
Tuesdays 6:00-7:00pm
Ages eligible U7-U8 Players
Birthyears 2013, 2012
Location Academy of Holy Angels South Turf field
6600 Nicollet Ave S, Richfield MN 55423
Fee $140 per player
Early registration bonus:
Register on or before May 15 and receive a free MTA backpack! 
Summer Registration opens in March
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Key Success Factors

The ThunderBolt Development Academy will be conducted by our MTA professional coaching staff.

Training will be 2x week for 1 hour during Summer & Fall Seasons.
Training will be 1x week for 1 hour during Winter Season.

The program will use the USSF Play/Train/Play Format

We bring together like-minded families who have a higher level of commitment and interest in soccer.

We instill and foster a deep passion for the game. This passion is what will help drive and motivate the players to work on their technical skills on their own and to compete at the highest levels of play.

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!


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.

MTA Players Have Represented