Philadelphia Union Youth is the renowned soccer platform providing an opportunity for the beginner to learn basic proficiencies, or for an elite player on the cusp of stardom to pursue excellence. Besides the free-of-cost Philadelphia Union Academy, Philadelphia Union Youth offers a variety of programs for players aspiring to raise their game, or for young fans looking for an incredible behind-the-scenes experience.
Philadelphia Union Youth currently comprises the following Training programs:
Union PDP: The platform for prospective soccer players begins with the Union Player Development Program, or “PDP.” Union PDP is an opportunity for boys and girls of any skill level to access the unrivaled resources of Philadelphia Union Youth. Under the guidance of Union Coaches and Athletic Development Trainers, beginners will learn the joys of soccer along with core proficiencies, while the elite player may discover the tools to one day join the Philadelphia Union Pre-Academy or Academy. Philadelphia Union Juniors
Pre-Academy : The Pre-Academy is the foundation of the Philadelphia Union Youth 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. Philadelphia
Union Pro Days : Union Youth Pro Days are a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to experience a match day from the perspective of a Union player, on-and-off the field. With Union Pro Days, your son or daughter will start their day just like the pros, touring the Union locker room and the Union’s training facilities at the Power Training Complex. Players will move from the locker rooms out to the fields, where they’ll lace up their cleats and train under our Union Youth coaches on the Power Training Fields. After their own training session, players will have a spot field side at Talen Energy Stadium to watch the boys in blue and gold warmup for their own big game. The perfect day won’t end with the final whistle, however, as all participants will get to meet a few of their Union heroes for an autograph session in the TruMark Financial Club postgame.