Our holistic approach - development of the player, student-athlete, and most importantly, the person.

We prepare you for college and the professional ranks.

Why Barça Residency Academy?

Barça Residency Academy is the ideal place for players to develop on the field, in the classroom, and as a person among the most elite youth soccer players from the United States and around the world.

  • Competition in the MLS NEXT – the highest level of youth soccer competition, training, and development in North America
  • Awarded Best Training Facility by US Soccer for three consecutive years
  • Offer our students the opportunity to train in the same professional facilities that 16 MLS and 5 National teams have used for preseason.
  • Offer a combination of FC Barcelona’s world-renowned philosophy, Grande Sports World’s top-notch facilities, and an ASU education
  • Every graduate has earned a college scholarship or has signed a professional contract
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Barça Residency Academy is a founding member of the MLS Next league and competes against the highest caliber of youth academies in North America. Founded by Major League Soccer, MLS Next is the premier youth player development league in North America that provides elite level of youth competition, training, and personal development opportunities both in soccer and in life.

Barça Residency Academy teams also compete in the United Premier Soccer League (UPSL), U.S. Youth Soccer Association’s Desert Conference, and in the Arizona State Association Premier Leagues.


Tryouts are required to be amongst the most elite soccer players in the United States. We have nine teams that compete for every age group from U15 to U19.


Our coaching staff includes top FC Barcelona coaches and is nationally and internationally recognized for their professional playing and coaching careers at the highest levels collegiately, professionally, and internationally. They are committed and dedicated to providing superior youth development, training, and coaching for our student-athletes.

Alongside our exceptional top-level coaching staff, we offer more than 150 Grande Sports World employees who support the student-athletes and help them achieve and maintain elite levels of performance.

Campus Life

Having fun and staying busy is easy when you live on our award-winning campus Barça Residency Academy students are friendly, diverse, creative, and eager to reach their next level. The entire campus has wifi and every dorm room is equipped with a flat-screen TV. Our community game area includes a pool table, ping pong tables, basketball hoops, video games, flat screen TVs to watch Champion League, EPL, La Liga, MLS, and Bundesliga League games. Soccer tennis, swimming, fitness, and playing pickup games on the fields are common activities when student-athletes are not on an excursion or community service project.

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