The Maryland United Junior Academy program is designed to provide a fun, enthusiastic and positive learning experience,

through practice and competition, for the player's first few years of soccer.

Program Overview

The Junior Academy program builds on the FUNdamental skills and techniques introduced in the mini-kickers program, with more focus on introducing players to a team environment and learning the game.

The program has grown tremendously to over 60 players in the program over the last 2 years.

U7 (2016)  Boys & Girls
U8 (2015)  Boys & Girls

All players will learn the rules of the game and focus on improving individual technical skills of dribbling, passing, receiving and shooting.

Individual and team skill development will be stressed ahead of winning, with a focus on fun and long term development. The small-sided games approach (from 1v1 to 5v5) is the optimal way to introduce young players to the beautiful game.

All Junior Academy players will then graduate to tryout for our U9 teams the following year.

For all questions about our program please feel free to call or email us:

Junior Academy Program Information


$725.00 (Fall, Winter & Spring 2022-23 season, $100.00 discount)

$275.00 Fall Only
$275.00 Winter Only
$275.00 Spring 1x practice night (Wednesday's beginning March 15th
$400.00 Spring 2x practice nights (Tuesday and Wednesday's beginning March 14th and 15th)

* Not including LeagueApps processing fee

If you have any questions please contact our Junior Academy Program Director, Ian Abrey

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Yearly Calendar

 - 3 month program (Mid August - End of October) *BEGINS WEEK OF AUG 8, 2022*
U7 & U8 - 1 x practice per week on Wednesday's, league play on Saturday's, Annapolis Cup Tournament (Aug 21-22), occasional Sunday Academy practices.

WINTER - 3 month program (December - End of February) *BEGINS DECEMBER 6th, 2022*
U7 & U8 - 1 x practice per week on Tuesday's at API, Gambrills & Futsal league play on Saturday mornings, between either Benfield Sportscenter league or our In-House futsal games.

SPRING - 3 month program (March - May) *BEGINS MARCH 15th, 2023*
U7 & U8 - 1 x practice per week on Wednesday's, with games on the weekend. League play will be the 7v7 EDP-CMSSL league (mostly Saturday's) and/or 5v5 In-House games (Saturday morning's).

For Spring 2023, we will have an optional second night for those players who want more. The second night will be on Tuesday evenings. *BEGINS MARCH 14th, 2023*

Once you have registered and made payment, please contact ian.abrey@mdunitedfc.org to receive the link to order the Junior Academy uniform.
Approximately $85.00 for Red & White Jersey, Shorts, Socks & Ball.

For Practice and Games, players must wear their MD United Red Jersey, Red Shorts, Red Socks, Shinguards, and bring a Capelli Ball

Frequently Asked Questions

The U7 & U8 program has evoled to offer the choice of 1 or 2 practices per week and plays in a league on the weekends.  This is designed for all levels of players whether new to the game or players who have been playing soccer for 1-2 years.  Players from this program will try-out for the rising U9 Maryland United FC travel team the following year. 

Additionally, the program will include participation in a U8 tournament in the Fall & Spring and play Futsal in the Winter.

NO.  All players can participate in the Junior Academy Program. We create multiple teams in this age group so players can enjoy and learn the game of soccer.

As a parent you need to ask yourself: Does my child enjoy and want to play soccer more than 1 night a week?  Does my child want to play in competitive games on the weekend?  Is my child eager to learn and develop more skills?  If you answered yes, then the Junior Academy program is the correct choice for your child.