YDA 2-8 Year Olds

Youth Development Academy


Troy Rush's Youth Development Academy (YDA) is a development-minded youth soccer program for players between 2 and 8 years old. Troy Rush has partnered with Soccer Shots St. Louis to produce a great program with a curriculum for all ages and skill levels. 

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 and helps provides a sense of confidence for each player.

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 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 be 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 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 teaching 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.





Program Registrations


To register for this program, please click on the register button below. You will be directed to the Soccer Shots site where you will pick the program for your player. If you have any questions about this program, you may contact Soccer Shots directly or contact the Rush office. 

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