FC Barcelona, one of the world’s most iconic clubs, has announced plans to open and operate a state of the art facility on New York’s Long Island. This will be the first ever fully-owned FC Barcelona youth soccer academy in the United States, and will educate the next generation of American soccer players using the same winning methodologies from the famous La Masia where living legends like Lionel Messi, Andres Iniesta and Xavi Hernandez honed their craft before joining Barcelona’s first team.
The academy will be built on a massive facility that is set to be home to more than 50 coaches and technical directors from Barcelona, and represents another tangible example of commitment to excellence in youth soccer development in the United States from FC Barcelona, which first opened an office in New York City in September of 2016. The facility, located in Suffolk County, includes 10 regulation outdoor fields, LED lighting, 4k camera systems on every field, a large indoor facility, outdoor stadium season, as well as concession and retail stands.
In accordance with the club’s ‘Mes Que Un Club’ mantra, the academy will also include access to a college recruiting platform and after school tutoring onsite. While the academy is not set to open until July of 2017, with competition due to kick of in September, Barcelona has announced that free tryouts for certain age groups will commence for boys and girls born between years 2003 and 2011.
Barcelona recently confirmed plans to field a professional women’s soccer team in the NWSL and there appears to be no limit to the desire to compete at the highest levels for all Barcelona teams. Specific details as to which leagues the youth teams will compete in have yet to be released, but one would assume that the U.S. Soccer Development Academy stage will be graced by the blaugrana sooner rather than later.
- NYIT College: May 22, 23, 24, 25, 31 and June 2, 5, 7, 9, from 5:00pm – 8:00pm
- St Joseph’s College: June 1, 6, 8, from 5:00pm – 8:00pm
- TBD facility: June 3, 10: 9:00am – 2:00pm
- Please see website for complete details on specific times for various age groups
Those interested in taking part in the selection tryouts can find more information here.