Officially launched in 2016 prior to its first season in MLS, the Atlanta United Academy program aims to be the leading platform of youth soccer development in the Southeast and currently competes in the U.S. Soccer Development Academy program. The ATL UTD Academy consists of teams in age groups U-12, U-13, U-14, U-15, U-16, U-17 and U-19. Shared with the first team, the Academy trains and competes out of the Children's Healthcare of Atlanta Training Ground located in Marietta, GA.

The Atlanta United Academy system provides a clear pathway for players who show the required potential, ability and desire to reach the first team as a homegrown player. With education and futures in mind, the program also assists 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 strives to be the premier soccer club locally, regionally and nationally.