The renowned, free-of-cost, Philadelphia Union Academy represents the primary pillar of Philadelphia Union’s commitment to the most innovative youth development program in North America. The Union Academy features a highly qualified professional staff with individual coaches assigned to each age group, a dedicated scouting department, sport science and psychology, a best-in-class athletic development training program, and an unrivaled educational opportunity with independent partner school YSC Academy. Academy Director Tommy Wilson has helmed the Academy since its inception as a full-time program.
Philadelphia Union Academy begins with the U12 age group, and competes in every age bracket of the U.S. Soccer Development Academy, culminating with the U19’s. Players in the Academy often feature for the Union’s USL team Bethlehem Steel, and the best players are provided the unique opportunity to sign directly with Philadelphia Union at any age. Philadelphia Union Academy and its independent partner school YSC Academy have entered their fifth year, having produced its first three professional Philadelphia Union players along with three YSC Academy graduating classes.