Prior to its first season in MLS, Atlanta United has launched its fully funded Academy and has begun competing in the U.S. Soccer Development Academy program this year. The Atlanta United Academy consists of teams in age groups U-12, U-13, U-14, U-16, and U-18. Shared with the first team, the Academy will train and compete out of the new state-of-the-art training ground located in Marietta, GA beginning in 2017. All Academy teams train and play within a mile of the new training facility during the 2016 fall season.

The Atlanta United Academy system will provide a clear pathway for players who show the required potential, ability and desire to reach the first team as a homegrown player. Atlanta United will also assist athletes in pursuing opportunities to play soccer at top colleges and universities across the United States. Home to comprehensive, modern and fully equipped coaching, sports science, athletic and medical departments, the Atlanta United Academy will be the premier soccer club locally, regionally and nationally.