Youth development is the core of our mission and the heart of our passion. The Philadelphia Union Academy program is free of charge so Philadelphia’s future players of promise have an opportunity to pursue their passions without the burden of paying to play. Selection into the program is a true accomplishment and the major step in a player’s path to Talen Energy Stadium.
The innovative Philadelphia Union Youth program is deeply based in sport science and performance and follows best practices in coaching education. It includes two developmental levels: Union Juniors Pre-Academy (U8-U11), and the Union Academy (U12-U19). At all ages, our players are asked to lead by example and embrace the ethos and culture of Philadelphia Union.
Philadelphia Union Youth was established after studying the models of the most innovative and successful soccer clubs worldwide, Philadelphia Union set about implementing a holistic developmental platform integrating world-class player training and sport science for the youth soccer players of the Greater Philadelphia region. Philadelphia Union Youth is the renowned soccer platform providing an opportunity for the youngest players to develop a passion for the game, or for an elite academy player on the cusp of professional Stardom to pursue excellence, all in the same enriching and nurturing environment. Philadelphia Union Youth has one of the most qualified and skilled staffs in North America, featuring sport science, sports psychology, and athletic development training as important resources. The program is overseen by UEFA A Licensed Academy Director Tommy Wilson, with former professional player Ryan Richter directing the Pre-Academy. Philadelphia Union Youth is based out of YSC Sports in Wayne, PA, and features an innovative, first-of-its-kind soccer specific independent school partner, YSC Academy.