The Minnesota Thunder Academy Elite Development Program (EDP) focuses on the technical, tactical, physical, and psychological development of Minnesota’s top U13 to U19 players. Our philosophy here is that Minnesota’s top players develop best when surrounded by other talented players and under the guidance of highly qualified coaches. 

Our goal is to form two teams per age group/gender beginning at U13. These teams will train three to four times per week throughout the year, focusing on regional and national level competition. The program is for players who take their soccer seriously and would like to achieve a higher level of competition. The Elite Development Program houses talented players from the entire metro and out-state area.

All teams train year-round, consistently challenge for State Cup Championships and compete against Regional and National opponents. Over the past decade, no Minnesota club has been as successful at developing elite players and teams as the Minnesota Thunder Academy.

What Separates Minnesota Thunder Academy from Other Clubs?

Year Round Professional Coaching 

Your professional coach is with you for the entire year; Not just some training sessions through the winter and once or twice in the summer. Our coaches stay with their teams through the entire year for both training and games.   

Elite Clubs National League
This is the highest level of play for girls in the U14-U18 age groups in the country.  Minnesota Thunder Academy is the only club in Minnesota participating in this league and offering the highest level of competition as well as exposure to college coaches.

US Soccer Development Academy
We are the only metro area club to be part of the most prestigious youth league in the United States.  Only 78 of the top clubs in the US take part in this league.



US Club Soccer National Premier Leagues
The National Premier Leagues consists of multiple conferences throughout the country, and will offer the best platform for long-term player development by providing consistent and meaningful games between the region’s top players. Additionally, the league will provide opportunities for players to be scouted by U.S. Soccer national staff. Finally, winners of each National Premier Leagues conference will qualify for US Club Soccer’s League Champions Cup in July 2012.


US Youth Soccer National Championships Qualifiers
2011 – Boys U16 (94/95)
2010 – Girls U16 (93/94)
2003 - Girls U18 (84/85)
2002 - Girls U17 (84/85)

US Youth Soccer Region II Champions

2011 – Boys U16 (94/95)
2007 - Girls U13 (93/94)
2003 - Girls U18 (84/85)
2002 - Girls U17 (84/85)

US Youth Soccer Region II Runner-Up
2010 – Girls U16 (93/94)
2005 – Girls U17 (87/88)
2005 – Boys U13 (91/92)
2001 – Girls U13 (84/85)

US Youth Soccer National Championships Runner-up
2003 – Girls U18 (84/85)
2002 – Girls U17 (84/85)

US Youth Soccer National Championships 3rd Place
2011 – Boys U16 (94/95)

US Youth Soccer Region II Semi-Finalist
2010 – Boys U15 (94/95)

US Youth Soccer Minnesota State Cup Champion
2011 -  Girls U14, U15, U16, U17 - Boys U13, U14, U16
2010 – Girls U13, U15, U16 and U19 - Boys U13, U14, U15, U17, U19
2009 – Girls U15, U18 and U19 - Boys U13, U14, U15, U18
2008 – Girls U13, U14, U15, U17 and U18 - Boys U13, U17, U19
2007 – Girls U13, U14, U16, U17 and U19 - Boys U14, U16, U18
2006 – Girls U13, U15, U16 and U18 - Boys U13, U15, U17, U18, U19
2005 – Girls U14 and U17 - Boys U13, U14, U17, U18
2004 – Girls U13, U16 and U19 - Boys U14, U15, U19







































Jr Regional Clubs League
This league is designed for the top U11-U14 teams in the region. All travel is within the region and includes the top 10 clubs in the Midwest. Minnesota Thunder Academy is the only club in Minnesota who are in this league.

Player Development
We have produced multiple National Team, Regional Team and professional players. Many of our players have gone on to play college soccer at the D1, D2 or D3 level. 

MTA players also have connections to national player identification programs ID2 and ODP.

Competitive Environment and Coaching
Our club attracts the highest talent level within Minnesota and therefore our players benefit from playing with other skilled players under the guidance of our professional coaches.