U8 Crossover

U8 (2017) Crossover Program: ThunderBolts to Juniors Academy

MTA’s U8 ThunderBolts seeking a head start into the competitive soccer landscape also have the opportunity to join our developmental crossover programming. U8 Crossover is a combination of our Fall & Summer ThunderBolts Development Program and our Juniors Academy Team Training. U8 teams play in TSCL Fives Fests – festival style match play, with 2 games within a 2-3 hour block against other local clubs.

Training Details: 1-2 contacts per week with a combination of ThunderBolts and U8 training, mid-Aug thru mid-July. Tentative Winter Training Day: Tuesday or Wednesday.

U8 Fee Includes: Training 1x/week ~ Aug 15-July 15, Fall ThunderBolts, Summer ThunderBolts, Field rental & equipment, Coach salary, MTA Club fee, League fees, Coach education & licensing, secondary insurance.

Read more on the TCSL website HERE.

Season U8 Details
~Aug 11-Oct 15
  • U8 training 1x/week
  • Fall ThunderBolts 1x/week
  • 2 Fives Fests
~Oct 15-April 30
  • U8 training 1x/week
  • ThunderBolts Winter session optional for additional training day
  • 3 Fives Fests
~April 30-July 15
  • U8 training 1x/week
  • Summer ThunderBolts 1x/week
  • 3 Fives Fests
  • U9 Tryouts in July 2025

If your player is interested in participating in the U8 Crossover program, please attend Tryouts in July. If you miss Tryouts or would like to join after August, email admin@mnthunderacademy.org.

U8 Program participants – do NOT register for Fall ThunderBolts or Summer ThunderBolts as those are included in the U8 Player Fee.



The MTA Junior Academy attracts players from within the Twin Cities metro area. Teams are typically formed for each gender age group (U9-U12), and we also have a U8 Crossover Program as a bridge between ThunderBolts and Competitive Soccer.

Players ages 6-7-8 are encouraged to train in our year-round ThunderBolts Development Program.

MTA U8 Crossover teams compete in the Twin Cities Soccer League (TCSL) Fives Fests in Fall, Winter and Summer.


Tryouts for the MTA U8 program will be held in mid July. For more detail, please visit the Tryouts Information page.


Training Frequency: 1-2 times per week.

  • MTA Winter Park Training Complex, Eden Prairie.
  • Academy of Holy Angels, Richfield.


Please see the information for the upcoming season here:

Boys Team Expectations page
Girls Team Expectations page


MTA U8 Crossover typically participate in 2 Fall Fests, 3 Winter Fests and 3 Spring/Summer Fests.


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