Yes it is confirmed, FC Barcelona set to open academy in Casa Grande, Arizona
Each academy which Barcelona have opened up so far mainly focus on the players aged up to 16, but this academy in Casa Grande, Arizona which they also have partnership with Grande sports world (GSW) will focus on the young players between the age of 12 up to 19. The reason behind this is to bridge the gap between the other academies and professional football.
Grande Sports World (GSW)
Grande Sports World (GSW) has made its spot in one of the finest sports training facilities in United States. It also plays a major role in providing training destinations for youth talents, professionals and national teams from around the world. Also named the best training facility of West Conference. For the consecutive period 2012-13, 2013-14 and 2014-15 Development Academy Seasons.
Barcelona officials have also confirmed that all the academy players will be trained exclusively by the coaches. Yes! by the coaches who have been part of the club’s staff in recent seasons.
Barcelona have also previously opened up academies in San Diego, California; Chicago, Illinois; Austin, Texas; Charlotte, North Carolina; Northern Virginia, and Florida, it’s all part of a larger plan to expand across the U.S. that has been ongoing since last September, when an office was launched in New York.
At that time, Barcelona said that the office’s priority was to serve as a “commercial hub for generating new revenue and implementing the strategic plan for the 2016-2021 period. One of the main priority is to achieve a turnover of €1 billion”. The players who are a part of this project will also have the opportunity to compete in the youth football categories of US Soccer Development Academy (USSDA) in which the top 70 clubs of the country take part.
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