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 new project, the BARÇA 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, GSA 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) from the club, 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 (eight from U15 to U19). These players are mainly from different US states, but some come from other BARÇA Academies, and they all had to pass certain entrance trials to get in.
Three teams play in the USSD, the highest youth level competition in the USA, 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.
The agreement: FCB-GSW. The result: BRA. BRA programs.
To set up a competitive high demand program in the USA.
To offer the chance to get into professional soccer or obtain college scholarships.
To become a national and worldwide benchmark for the comprehensive training of players
By exporting the BARÇA methodology and incorporating it into the operations of Grande Sports World.
Barcelona DPL. American coaches of high quality, experience and training.
Players: selected either from another BA or not.
Throughout the season. Long-term planning.
Ideal setting. US Soccer award winner for best facilities for 3 years in a row.