The framework of the Futures Program was presented to and discussed with Members last night as the launch continues.
“The importance of this program, and it’s timeliness, continues to grow. Now more than ever local players need opportunities to elevate their game.” – Dan Hoedeman, Club Co-Founder
Mpls City Futures is a competitive intra-club soccer program designed to prepare young players for the demands of college, pro, and professionally amateur soccer without the cost and travel demands required by some other programs.
The program will include the top 40-50 Twin Cities-based soccer players, age under the age of 20, who have aspirations to continue playing at a high level beyond their teenage years.
Futures is built to be additive. The program is specifically crafted and scheduled to complement existing youth club and high school soccer because, as we like to say, the only thing better than soccer is more soccer.
“We have seen how players elevate once they’re forced to play outside of their age group. Guys who have come to us as teens, guys like Ian Smith, Will Kidd, and Kevin Andrews, they’ll all tell you just how playing with City forced them to raise their game to another level.” – Adam Pribyl, Technical Director
Players in the program will participate in regular training sessions run by Minneapolis City coaches, compete in an intra-club competition called The Futures League, and have a chance to be selected for Futures friendly matches against outside competition. Players may also receive invitations from the NPSL and UPSL coaching staff to participate in senior team training sessions.
“The big question players start to ask at 17, 18, 19 is ‘what’s next?’ Having this program within the City structure, played in front of City coaches, and with the chance to earn a spot on the City UPSL and NPSL teams helps answer that question.” – Jeremiah Johnson, Futures Head Coach
To achieve some balance with existing club and high school schedules, Futures will begin with Player ID Sessions the first week of November. Training will begin immediately afterward and continue, with a holiday break, until the end of June. The Futures League will begin in March and be played through the end of June. Futures friendly matches will be scheduled intermittently throughout the spring and summer.
- Is this NCAA compliant? Yes.
- Can I still play club and/or high school soccer? Yes, Futures is designed to be additive and we will work with clubs and high schools to identify talent and collaborate to improve player outcomes.
- Is City planning to start a youth club? No. Our ambition is to be the bridge between youth and (college & pro) adult soccer.
- What age do players need to be? Players must be at least 16 and no older than 20 (at the time of the tryout).
- When are tryouts? Futures tryouts will be in November.
- Is there a chance to make an NPSL or UPSL roster? Yes. Players have a chance to be called into senior team training and games
- What is Minneapolis City SC? We’re a 501c3 amateur club focused on local players and competing in the top national amateur league in the country, the National Premier Soccer League, and in the U.S. Open Cup. Perennially one of the top teams in the NPSL, City has sent two players to MLS since 2016: Brandon Bye (New England Revolution) and Luke Haakenson (Nashville SC), as well as others to various professional clubs in the U.S. and abroad.
- How do I get in touch? Contact us via email at [email protected] or visit http://mplscitysc.com/futures/