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About MU

Minneapolis United Soccer Club is a youth amateur soccer organization, and a Minnesota non-profit corporation. It is an affiliate member of the Minnesota Youth Soccer Association (MYSA).


MISSION

The mission of the Minneapolis United Soccer Club is to operate a citywide youth soccer program giving all registrants the opportunity to enjoy the sport at a level consistent with their ability and commitment and grow as players.

Vision

Minneapolis United Soccer Club is a voluntary non-profit organization that offers programs for youth in the city of Minneapolis. The goal of the MU soccer program is to offer:

  • An opportunity for all participants and families to enjoy a football experience at an affordable price.
  • Development of quality training for each level of play.
  • The opportunity for each player to play in a team at a level consistent with their ability and commitment.
  • The opportunity for each player to improve their ability and ability to play soccer.
  • MU accepts applications without distinction of race, sex or ability level. Financial aid is available for qualifying players and their families. All requests for financial assistance are confidential.

Recreation ("Rec") or Competitive Soccer?

How do I know when to make the transition, and how do the programs differ?

These are common questions that many soccer families inevitably face, and the fear of the unknown (traveling) can be daunting.

Here are the facts and a few tips to help you determine if your player, and your family, are ready to move from Rec to Traveling:

Just the facts:

  • MU offers Summer Recreational ("Rec") play as an option for players from age 4 through 14, with first come, first served registration for players in that age range. This option sells out every summer and is max'ed out at 1200 kids.
  • MU offers Competitive Soccer as an option to players ages 8U through 19U. Starting in July, players can register for tryouts (8U-11U mid July, 12U+ late July) and an opportunity to play on a traveling team for the following year (fall league and winter training, and spring/summer league).

Which to play? It depends…

The summer "Rec" program is aimed at offering an experience that includes lots of game play, with light instruction, during the months of June and July, at a very reasonable cost. It’s a good introduction to the sport for the younger players and offers soccer in a concentrated, fun, and casual playing environment. MU's Rec coaches are current MU competitive players and parent volunteers. This gives the MU member families and alumni players a chance to get directly involved in sharing their love of the game with a new generation. Some of our older Rec players also enjoy being able to play the game they love with friends, on a set schedule, in a single neighborhood location (Pearl Park), which leaves more time for other summer activities with friends. MU Rec players do have additional training opportunities by way of the MU summer camps, as well as select winter Rec programs for younger players.

Now, if your young player is looking for a more competitive and structured soccer environment to advance their skills, or if your child takes their soccer ball everywhere and just can’t seem to get enough soccer, that’s a good sign they’re ready to transition to MU's competitive program. The program involves a short Fall season and a Spring/Summer season with a winter training program in between.  Accordingly, the cost of participating in the competitive program is greater, due in-part to the committed team of professional MU coaches and trainers assigned to guide players through their development. The locations for games and training will vary depending on the team assignment, and can include the greater metro area. This, along with the increased cost comprises the greatest difference between the two programs. There is a much greater emphasis on technical skills development in competitive, which best translates into later opportunities to play competitive soccer in high school and beyond. Many MU players go on to star at the state, regional, and even national level.

If you wish to learn more about these MU programs, please feel free to contact us via the club website. Be it Rec or Competitive, we hope to see you on the pitch this summer!

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These organizations make what we do possible. Please show your support to our sponsors and thank them for their commitment to Minneapolis United. Interested in becoming a sponsor? Click here to learn more about our sponsorship opportunities.