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Player Pathway Program

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The Philadelphia Union Youth Player Pathway Program (PPP) provides professional training for youth players aspired to train and compete like the pro’s.

The PPP is a club neutral, year around supplemental training program for grassroots, intermediate and elite level players. This prestigious program also includes winter and summer showcase events and identification pathway into the Union Academy. 

This is an invite only program for boys and girls U8-U14. Our professional staff provides age-appropriate training aligned with the Union methodology and philosophy.

What is our PPP Development Tier?

White Tier
Entry level are for beginning players focused on player development within the basic fundamentals and structure of the game.

Navy Tier
Intermediate level is designed to develop and align a player’s technique and game understanding.

Gold Tier
Advanced level are for players who consistently train and compete at a high performance environment.

*Top gold players selected for showcase events

**To be eligible for the Union Youth PPP program player must have participated in a camp, clinic or training program and recommended by a Union Youth coach.

Showcase Teams

The Philadelphia Union Youth PPP forms showcase teams that are comprised of the top youth players from across the region at the U8-U14 age groups. 

These showcase teams will compete in national and future international events. Player pools are established through our  Player  Pathway Program.

Frequently Asked Questions

How can I get my child into the Player Pathway Program?

Players are scouted from U8-U14. The program takes recommendations from a club affiliate director or a Philadelphia Union Youth coach to form the pool of players for each age group. The group is constantly evolving and players come and go as the team ages up. Making the Union Youth PPP does not mean a player will always be involved and players can be added to the group at any time.

Who is eligible to play for a PPP Showcase team?

Any PPP player between the ages of U8 and U14 are eligible to be selected.


Who coaches the select teams?

Philadelphia Union Youth coaches make up our coaching staff.


Who should I contact for more information?

The Philadelphia Union Youth Director of Coaching Phil Griffiths via email at