* Prepare footballers (both outfield players and goalkeepers) to reach the standard that will enable them to obtain a contract in professional football and/or even be selected to compete to represent their country.
* Prepare footballers who want to prepare for a university scholarship to study and compete in the USA.
* Help students learn values and support them in achieving sporting and academic excellence.
See below for details about the programmes available at the academy:
Long term programmes
- Full programme running from August to June
- Proficiency programmes from 1 to 8 weeks during the summer
- Programmes in winter
- Trials for selection to the annual programme, lasting 48 hours
Long term courses
Full student: Includes sports programme, full board accommodation and educational programme.
The FC Barcelona football academy in the USA has an educational center within its facilities. This educational center works with ASU (Arizona State University) to offer an advanced education in the follow grades:
- Grade 9
- Grade 10
- Grade 11
- Grade 12
At ASU, the students are well-prepared for success. They receive personalized attention that allows them to excel in their education, compete at an international level, and give back to their communities.
This proficiency football academy has been running since 2010. All participants who graduate from this academy have either been successful in signing a contract as a professional footballer or have obtained a university sports scholarship at universities such as Stanford, UCLA and Virginia. The national squad of the United States Sub-20 currently have in its ranks 5 of the academy’s ex-alumni. No other academy in the United States has more than one player in its selection.
In total, 68 sports men and women who graduated from Grande have competed internationally representing their country. The teams from this football academy have had great success in the national championship of the US Soccer Development Academy (USSDA), winning the tournament once, coming second twice and reaching the national finals in four of its first five years in existence.
Below are some of the players who trained at this academy:
- Brooks Lennon – Liverpool FC 2015
- Josh Doughty Manchester United
- Carlos Salcedo ACF Fiorentina
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Xavi is a hugely experienced UEFA Pro Licence-qualified coach. He is responsible for the under-11 and under-12 teams at FC Barcelona’s La Masia Academy. He is also Technical Director at the Hong Kong Football Academy.
Sean McCafferty is another coach working alongside Xavi Bravo. He is responsible for leading training sessions in the school. Sean is qualified with the A USSF (US Soccer Federation) Licence, the latter organisation overseeing coaching education for trainers who work with the best youth teams in the United States. He also manages the under 17s team at FC Barcelona Academy in USA and is coach to the under-16s and under-18s at Continental FC Delco.
Selection process for the annual programme
Only a small number of players each year are accepted on to the intensive year-long coaching programme at this proficiency academy. To have any chance of success applicants must either participate in one of the camps or attend a trial day to enable the trainers to assess whether they have the skills and aptitude to be awarded a place.
Option 1- In person: Selection trials
The academy runs short programmes, from 2 to 8 weeks, which are open to all young people who want to demonstrate their skills and get to know at first-hand how the academy works.
Taking part in a full course in a football academy involves a substantial investment in the future. If you want to be sure that your child has potential as a footballer before taking a decision that will involve considerable expense, we highly recommend that they attend one of the trial days, where the professional staff at the academy can analyse their ability and tell you about the best options, taking into account their skills and potential.
Would you like to apply for your son or daughter to take a selection test?
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