ThunderBolts Development Academy for U7-U8

Birthyears 2015 & 2014 are eligible* for Fall 2021 through Summer 2022
(2013 move to U9 in Fall 2021)

*Age exceptions may be made:
2013 or 2016 players must email the ThunderBolts director for approval before registration. Exceptions may be made for 2016 players, if space allows. Preference will be given to players born in the intended birthyears.

Fall 2022 through Summer 2023:  Birthyears 2016 & 2015
Fall 2023 through Summer 2024:  Birthyears 2017 & 2016

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 Winter

Year-round program with 3 Seasons

Winter 2021-2022

Ages eligible* U7-U8 players, Birthyears 2015, 2014.
*Age exceptions may be made:
2016 or 2013 players must email the ThunderBolts Director for approval before registration.
Location Academy of Holy Angels South Dome
6600 Nicollet Ave, Richfield MN 55423
Day & time Session A: Sundays 4-5pm
Session B: Sundays 5:15-6:15pm

November 7, 2021-March 20, 2022

Session dates:
November 7, 14, 28 (not 21)
December 5, 12, 19 (not 26)
January 2, 9, 16, 23, 30
February 13*, 27 (not 6 or 20)
March 6, 13, 20 (not 27)

* on Feb 13 ONLY:
Session A 1:00-2:00pm, Session B 2:00-3:00pm

Fee $340 (email for prorated fee)
Both Sessions Full – Join the waitlist

Summer 2022 Season info coming soon!

Summer 2021 information – – Summer 2022 info coming soon
Ages eligible U7-U8 Players
Birthyears 2014, 2013
Season Dates June 6 -July 18, 2021.
Session Days/Dates Sundays & Tuesdays
Sundays: June 6, 13, 20, 27, July 11, 18
Tuesdays: June 8, 15, 22, 29, July 6, 13
Days & Times Sundays 5:00-6:00pm AND Tuesdays 6:00-7:00pm
Location Academy of Holy Angels South Turf field
6600 Nicollet Ave S, Richfield MN 55423
Fee $180 per player FULL – Join the Waitlist
Summer TBolts registration opens in February 2022

Fall 2021 Season

Ages eligible U7-U8 players
Birthyears  2015 & 2014
(2013 players move into U9 for Fall 2021)
Season Dates September 8-October 17, 2021
Session Dates Wednesdays: Sept 8, 15, 22, 29  Oct 6, 13
Sundays: Sept 12, 19, 26   Oct 3, 10, 17
Days & Times Wednesdays 6:30-7:30pm AND
Sundays 5:00-6:00pm
Location Academy of Holy Angels South Turf field
6600 Nicollet Ave, Richfield MN 55423
Fee $180

Fall ThunderBolts is FULL.
Click below to add your player to the waitlist.

Join the Fall 2021 Waitlist!

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