BARÇA Residency Academy USA, opened in August 2017, is the first and to date only residential academy in the club’s international program. Located in the city of Casa Grande (Arizona), it came out of the agreement between FC Barcelona and Grande Sports World (GSA), and is a leading sporting and educational residential academy for young soccer players in the United States.
With this project, the BARÇA Residency Academy has been able to offer a new training opportunity to its players in an idyllically perfect setting for their comprehensive development. Named best training facility by the US Soccer Federation (USSF) for three years in a row, BARÇA Residency Academy USA provides players with on-site compulsory education, university preparation, nutritional control, dormitories, accompaniment, an athletics training complex and eight training fields.
BARÇA Residency Academy USA is run by 2 Local Project Directors (DPL) arrived from the coach pool of FC Barcelona, who are responsible for implementing the BARÇA methodology throughout all soccer processes, and ensuring that the BARÇA playing style and values are assimilated by all coaches, players and teams (nine from U15 to U19). These players are mainly from different US states, but some come from other BARÇA Academies and countries around the world, and they all had to pass certain entrance trials to get in.
Four teams play in the MLS Next, the highest youth level competition in North America, which ensures alignment of competitive requirements with top quality training, offering our players more opportunities to achieve their goals of becoming professional players and/or getting scholarships for the best colleges in the USA. So far, all graduate players have obtained a university scholarship or signed a professional contract.
So the BARÇA Residency Academy is a great opportunity for players to continue training under the BARÇA methodology, with the clear objective of achieving soccer excellence.