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MYSA Academy Futures League for 11U & 12U Boys and Girls

By Minnesota Youth Soccer, 05/16/18, 12:00PM CDT


Now taking club applications for the 2018-2019 soccer year

The MYSA Academy Futures League is currently taking club applications for the 2018 2019 Soccer year. Applications can be obtained by contacting MYSA’s Chato Alvarado at 952-252-1688 or

Please see below for more information about the program.

Program Description and Club Outcomes

About the Minnesota Youth Soccer Association Academy Futures League

Beginning in Fall 2018 the MYSA Academy Futures League (AFL), a progression extension of the MYSA Youth Academy Program, will be offered for the 11U and 12U age groups in boys and girls flights. The AFL will combine a development focused model for training with competitive play. Entry into the AFL will require an application process and is limited to Clubs who meet standards set forth for the AFL.

This new MYSA program will focus on club, team and player development and include coaching education specific to the environment. With this focus in mind, AFL clubs and coaches will be held to rigorous standards. All rostered coaches, assistant coaches, and trainers will meet minimum coaching license requirements based on standards. Head coaches must attend the MYSA coaching education events during the year. As the best environment for Zone 1 player development is during training sessions, program clubs must also submit year-long training themes, blocks and schedules for review by the MYSA Youth Academy staff. After receiving applications, MYSA will consider a club’s structure, player programming, player development, coaching development, and overall participation in MYSA programs, leagues and events. If a club does not earn a minimum required score on their application review, MYSA will provide guidance on changes needed to earn AFL acceptance in the next annual application cycle.

Once accepted into the AFL program, clubs can be renewed after an MYSA annual analysis shows a continued player development structure, club wide coaching development and overall positive MYSA Membership.

Structure & Format

The AFL will offer competition for accepted clubs at the 11U and 12U age group and within an annual soccer calendar. Both age groups will play 9 v 9 with two teams being placed into separate tiers (AFL Tier I and AFL Tier II) based on ability. Clubs will roster 24 to 28 total players in a flight (age and gender). A 100% Club Pass approach between teams in the two tiers will strengthen player development and support a competitive game environment that provides teams with meaningful games. In all age groups, teams will be scheduled to play 6 to 8 games in the fall, futsal or indoor competitions in the winter and 8 to 10 games in the late winter / spring.

Vice Presidents Cup

All 11U AFL teams will play in the new MYSA Vice Presidents Cup. This inaugural MYSA event (beginning in 2019) is designed for 11U and 12U teams from MYSA. This event will include AFL and Classic 1 teams and will provide a format that coincides with the MYSA Presidents Cup (for 13U and older). AFL Tier II teams at 12U will also enter the 12U MYSA Vice Presidents Cup. The purpose of participation for the AFL teams includes a capstone experience to the soccer year with a cup like experience in May.

Junior State Cup

All 12U AFL Tier I teams will be required to play in the inaugural MYSA 12U Junior State Cup (beginning in 2019). AFL Tier I teams* will be seeded into the round of 16 with the remaining successful MYSA 12U Classic 1 teams joining the event in earlier rounds. AFL teams that advance to the semifinal rounds of the 12U Junior State Cup will be directly seeded into the top four of the 13U Minnesota State Cup the following year. This inaugural event for 12U will coincide with the Minnesota State Cup (for 13U and older) to provide a similar cup play experience in May of each year. (*AFL Tier II teams at 12U will enter the 12U Vice Presidents Cup.)


The focus of each club in the AFL is development while recognizing pressure to win does affect how players and coaches perform. MYSA does not publicly post standings at 10U and 9U. As players mature in “Zone 1”, MYSA appropriately phases in the public posting of league scores and standings at 11U. All scores and standings in this program will be posted, including league and cups.

Seeding in 13U Classic 1 League, State Cup and National League Endorsement

Graduate teams from the AFL 12U will be priority seeded into future MYSA Classic 1 League brackets to assist with balancing leagues. Results from AFL will also be tied to other MYSA league and events which include the seeding of State Cup and the new US Youth Soccer National League application and endorsement process.

National League Entry at 13U

National League entry of Minnesota teams is selective and limited and begins at 13U (Fall and Spring seasons). MYSA approves and ranks Minnesota teams’ entry into the US Youth Soccer National League. Club teams who apply for entry into the National League will be rated based on an MYSA National League “Endorsement Criteria” which will only consider teams who have played in the previous MYSA soccer year (AFL or Classic 1). Endorsement Criteria for entry into the US Youth Soccer National League Conferences will be based on points earned by past AFL participation, Junior State Cup or Minnesota State Cup results and MYSA Classic 1 League and Championships results.

Benefits to Players

The new AFL is a 10-month program for 11U–12U age groups, similar to the Youth Academy Program at 9U–10U, and therefore will not serve most Minnesota soccer players and families. Coaches must meet minimum licensing requirements and participate in MYSA continuing coaching education and therefore will have an expanding knowledge base and will be best equipped to train youth players into the competitive levels for their future. This new training and competition model will be the highest-level option in Minnesota. The AFL provides an option for Minnesota players and families who are serious about development and aspire to play at the highest levels in youth soccer.

Selection into the MYSA Youth Academy and Academy Futures League

Clubs, not teams, are selected for participation. When reviewing club applications, MYSA will largely be looking at the club’s structure, player programming, player development, coaching development, and participation in MYSA programs and events. Clubs interested in participating in the AFL must submit their club application. Applications will be available May 17 which are due with commitment by May 31 for next seasonal year (August 1). Once accepted into the AFL clubs will be invoiced for a $1,000 nonrefundable deposit towards participation fees.

Costs of Playing in MYSA Youth Academy and Academy Futures League

The annual fees are per player. Among other things, this cost covers the administration, entry fees of the Vice Presidents Cup and Junior State Cup, continuing coaching education subsidies, and player & coach registration fees (which includes secondary medical insurance). Other associated costs not included in the MYSA fees are referee fees, host facility rental fees (if applicable), and travel fees to/from games. The cost per player is $90. Clubs will be invoiced per player registration after deducting the $1,000 nonrefundable deposit upon application to the program.

For more information, contact the MYSA State Office.

MYSA Contacts

Coaching/Player Development Administrator

Chato Alvarado

Phone: 952-252-1688


Director of Coaching & Player Development

John Curtis

Phone: 952-252-1686


Director of Education

Andy Coutts

Phone: 952-252-0224


League Commissioner

Cam Stoltz

Phone: 952-252-0225