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About YDA



The Youth Development Academy (YDA) is a soccer program for young players between the ages of 2 and 8 years old. The philosophy behind the program is to teach kids how to love the game while learning necessary skills to develop young soccer players. The YDA is a pathway to club soccer.  

Each season the YDA provides young players experiences they will take with them as they grow as players. Using a training environment that is designed to allow kids to develop at their own pace, it helps provides a sense of confidence for each player.

Our YDA program is hosted in two locations. Each location is slightly different in its setup but the main goals and philosophies remain the same. Please select your desired location to learn more and to register for the upcoming season! 



Missouri Rush has two locations for players to take part in our YDA program. Families can choose the locaiton that best suites their needs. 

The first location is in O'Fallon, MO at the Missouri Rush Sports Park located on the south side of highway 40 at the Winghaven exit.

The second location is in Wildwood, MO at the LaSalle Retreat Center off highway 109.  

YDA (Ages 5-8)


The spring YDA program will consist of a 10 week program. The program will be broken down by age group.

Missouri Rush’s YDA program is a program specifically designed for young athletes. We have spent the last several years developing a curriculum and training method that is in line with the US Soccer Federation player development initiatives and available research from top child psychologists and behavior and development experts.

The focus of the YDA is the individual player. Players will learn to be more comfortable and confident with the soccer ball on their feet. They will learn ways to beat defenders 1v1 and will introduced to small group attacking ideas and tactics. They will receive instruction on defending in 1v1 situations as well as an introduction to small group defending. All the while they will have more fun than ever. One of our mottos is the if they are having fun you can’t teach them fast enough. We will allow players to express themselves. We encourage risk taking as a way to develop problem solving. We use this program to teach players how to think for themselves. We don’t always give the answers. Sometimes we allow the players to explore the possible solutions to problems and find the one that works for you. This method is commonly called guided discovery and is widely accepted as a top teach method.

To boil it down to a couple of points, the kids in the YDA will have fun, learn about soccer, and learn how to think and solve problems. We hope that you will join us.

All YDA training will take place at the Missouri Rush Sports Park.

Details for Spring Program

New for spring, the YDA will have daily program schedules to allow families to select the program that best fits their needs.

The 2014's will be able to select Mondays or Tuesdays and will train once a week for 10 weeks. They will also play games on Fridays in the in-house Junior Development League (JDL). Game night for the JDL will be listed below.  

The 2013's will be able to select Mondays and Wednesdays OR Tuesdays and Thursdays as their training nights. They will train twice a week for 10 weeks. They will also play games on Fridays in the in-house Junior Development League (JDL). Game night for the JDL will be listed below.

The 2012's will be able to select Mondays and Wednesdays OR Tuesdays and Thursdays as their training nights. The 2012's will compete in the SLYSA league and games will more than likely be on the weekends and be held in Creve Coeur/Maryland Heights. Game schedules will be communicated with teams once the league publishes the spring schedule. 

Costs per age group:
2014's - $185.00
2013's - $240.00
2012's - $330.00

Practice Schedule:
2014's Mondays Program 5:30-6:15pm
2014's Tuesday Program 5:30-6:15pm 

2013's Monday/Wednesday Program
- Mondays 6:15-7:15pm
- Wednesdays 5:30-6:30pm
2013's Tuesday/Thursday Program
- Tuesdays 6:15-7:15pm
- Thursdays 5:30-6:30pm

2012's Monday/Wednesday Program
- Mondays 7:15-8:15pm
- Wednesdays 6:30-7:30pm
2012's Tuesday/Thursday Program
- Tuesdays 7:15-8:15pm
- Thursdays 6:30-7:30pm

In-house League Game Days:
The 2014's and 2013's will compete in the Junior Development League (JDL). Games will be on the following Fridays
March 20th & 27th
April 3rd, 10th, 17th, & 24th
May 1st & 15th (May 22nd will be a possible makeup date)


For NEW players to the YDA, they will be required to purchase a uniform. The uniform fee is $55.00 and will last throughout the YDA from year to year. Any returning player that needs to replace a uniform can do so inside the registration as well. 

We will also be holding a parent meeting prior to the start of the season. Details will be shared with the families that register. 

Program Sponsor

Program Sponsor

A Look Into the YDA

A Look Into the YDA