ThunderBolts Development Academy offers professional training for U7-U8 players at any skill level in a fun but challenging age-appropriate environment. 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.
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Ages 8 through 12 are the most critical development years of a soccer player’s career. It is at these ages where the basic fundamental skills of soccer are mastered that allow players to compete and be successful as soccer players at the next level of play and where they develop a true love for the game. This year-round program is designed for players ages 8-12 years old who have a higher level of ability, commitment, and interest level in soccer. This program helps prepare players who aspire to play on an MTA ECNL or NPL Team.
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The MTA Minnesota NPL and 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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