Union Juniors Pre-Academy (U8 - U11)


The establishment of the Union Juniors Pre-Academy is an important pillar in Philadelphia Union’s commitment to youth development. Philadelphia Union’s renowned youth platform provides local players an opportunity to pursue excellence in soccer in an enriching and nurturing environment.

The Union Pre-Academy is the foundation of the Philadelphia Union player pathway and features dedicated teams for ages seven to ten. The Union Pre-Academy’s goal is to develop passion, technique, and decision-making skills, encourage freedom, and emphasize core values and attitude in a fun, nurturing, development-oriented environment. The Union Pre-Academy is a unique endeavor that focuses on long-term development by encouraging players to challenge themselves and make mistakes to develop the technique, self-esteem, and the life-long passion for the game that will serve them well as they continue their development. Much of the Philadelphia Union Academy will be comprised of players from the Pre-Academy.

The Pre-Academy utilizes the Player Development Program (PDP) as its primary identification platform. If you are interested in learning more about PDP, please follow this link: YSC PDP



Philadelphia Union is excited to announce our open tryouts for all regional boys born in 2009, 2010, or 2011, for our Philadelphia Union Juniors Pre-Academy! The Union Pre-Academy is the first step on our Pathway to the Pros, featuring the U8-U11 age groups and leading directly into our renowned Philadelphia Union Academy.

The Pre-Academy program features elite coaching spearheaded by our full-time Union Youth staff and is overseen by Pre-Academy Director Ryan Richter and Academy Director Tommy Wilson. Players are inundated in the Union methodology and a development-first program that focuses on a love of soccer and the essential skill sets necessary for continued growth in the game.

For more information about the Pre-Academy and to register for the 2019 Tryouts, please visit https://www.philadelphiaunion.com/youth/2019-union-pre-academy-tryout