MN Thunder Academy Programs
MTA Is A Place For Players Of All Ages & Levels


The Minnesota Thunder Academy provides development programming for all interested players ages 4 to 19 while also focusing on the development of the elite players and their quest to play at the highest level possible.

We believe that through our youth programming we will identify and filter out the very best of Minnesota’s best and help them fulfill their dream of top level soccer competition. We will also help develop thousands of players along the way.

U.S. Development Program U14-U18 Boys

The most prestigious youth soccer league in the United States. 

MN Thunder is proud to be the only metro based club to be part of the US Sccer Development Academy.

The Development Academy is a partnership between U.S. Soccer and the top youth clubs around the country to provide the best youth players in the U.S. with an every day environment designed to produce the next generation of National Team players. The Academy’s programming philosophy is based on increased training, less total games and more competitive games.

Elite Clubs National League U14-U18 Girls

Elite Clubs National League (ECNL) is the premier national girls’ league comprised of the top clubs in the country.

MISSION:  The Elite Clubs National League, Inc. (“ECNL”) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit member-based organization founded in 2009 to enhance the developmental experience of the female youth soccer players in the United States through:

  • Improving the competitive environment through creation of a true national competitive league with multiple flights;
  • Improving the process for identifying elite female soccer players for the U.S. Soccer youth national teams through a systematic scouting and identification program based on national competitions; and
  • Improving the daily training environment at top female youth soccer clubs through developing best practices and training and organizational guidelines for its member clubs. 

Elite Program U13-U18 Boys & Girls

The MN Thunder Academy Elite Boys & Girls program consists of two teams at each age-group (U13-U18). 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. 

Elite Juniors Program U8-U12 Boys & Girls

We know the U8-U12 ages are the most critical development years of a youth 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 in the MTA Elite Academy.

Competitive Program U9-U18 Boys & Girls

MN Thunder Academy Competitive program is dedicated to an affordable, friendly soccer experience for every participant and family; to create an opportunity for every young player to play on a team at a level consistent with their ability and commitment, and to provide an environment for players to improve their playing skills and ability.

Recreational Program U4-U12 Boys & Girls

We provide the absolute best soccer environment available. Our focus is on the player while helping them build a love for the game of soccer. MN Thunder Academy Recreational programs are designed for all boys and girls and offers several options for each family.