Youth football coaching setup for 2020/21 defined

Youth football coaching setup for 2020/21 defined

Franc Artiga, Óscar López, Sergi Milà, Marc Serra, David Sánchez and Albert Puig will continue in charge of their respective sides, with changes occuring in the 7-A-Side teams

The Technical Secretariat have concluded their planning for the 2020/21 coaching lineup in their youth setup. Franc Artiga, Óscar López, Sergi Milà, Marc Serra, David Sánchez and Albert Puig will continue their work in charge of the Under-19s A, Under-19s B, Under-16s A, Under-16s B, Under-14s A and Under-14s B sides, respectively. There will thus be no changes in the dugouts for the 11-a-side teams.

The club will continue to place their trust in homegrown coaches, trained in the Barça methodology, who have spent many years overseeing various teams at the club. Franc Artiga has spent 11 years at FC Barcelona as a coach, Sergi Milà has 20 years of experience at the club, Marc Serra 10, David Sánchez 11 and Albert Puig 16, plus 3 with the Barça Academy.

Franc Artiga will have Alberto Encinas and Marcel Sans as assistants, plus Andrés Martín as fitness coach and José Bermúdez as goalkeeping coach.

Óscar López will be seconded by Pol Planas and Gerard Sarrà. Xavier Franquesa will be fitness coach and Ricard Segarra in charge of goalkeepers -as well as his role as goalkeeping coordinator in youth football.

Pere Romeu will assist Sergi Milà for the Under-16s A team, Óscar Coca will be assistant to Marc Serra for the Under-16s B side, Pere Olivé will work under David Sánchez in the Under-14s A team. Arnau Blanco will remain on the Under-14s B staff with Albert Puig.

In the videoconference to announce the respective decisions, several directors were present: The head of Barça B, Under-19s, Youth and Women's football, Xavier Vilajoana; Youth football director, Patrick Kluivert; Youth football technical secretary, Jordi Roura; Head of 11-a-side, Aureli Altimira; Head of 7-a-side, Quim Estrada; and Head of Methodology, Isaac Guerrero.

“As we had promised at the start of the season, the planning for the 2010/21 season had been made in sufficient time for everybody to be able to plan consciously -both those coaches who are staying, and those who are not," said Xavier Vilajoana.

Changes to 7-A-Side teams

Pau Moral will coach the Under-12s A team, joined by Cristian López as assistant.

Jordi Pérez will move from Under-12s A coach to Under-12s B coach. Martí Vila will join the setup from the Barça Academy Pro New York. Eric Campos will go from Under-12s B coach to Under-12s C coach, with Albert Batalla as his assistant.

Juan Antonio Gil will coach the Under-12s D team alongside Enric Daví.

The Under-10s setup will be as follows:

Under-10s A: Coached by Dani Segovia and Guillem Nogueras.

Under 10s B: David Sánchez moves up from from the C team as coach, with Guillem Hernandez as second.

Under-10s C: Mario Jordano moves up from his position as Under-10s D coach. Albert Moratalla joins him as assistant from the Austin Barça Academy.

Under-10s D: Jordi Poma takes on a coaching role after being assistant for the Under-10s A side. Pau Tripiana will be alongside him.

The youngest Barça side will be coached by Albert Ametller and Pol Combellé.

Goalkeeping coaches for the 7-A-Side teams will be Jesús Unzué and Álex Sánchez.

Leaving the youth setup at FC Barcelona are Álex Urrestarazu –previously coach of the Under-12s C team, Oriol Vidal –Under-10s C assistant, Mario Garcia –Under 10s B coach, and Fran Herruzo, formerly goalkeeping coach for the 7-A-Side teams. The club thank them for their efforts during their time at FC Barcelona.

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