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After three seasons in operation, Barça Academy PRO New York is changing the way it is managed and during the forthcoming 2020-21 campaign it will be run solely by FC Barcelona. The presence of the Barça offices in the heart of New York City has driven the school in this direction, the aim being for the club to have a greater influence on the development of grassroots soccer in the United States. The new season will kick off with two academies run 100% by the club, one in New York and the other Miami, the only two outside of Barcelona.
The Barça Academy PRO New York, which began its activities in July 2017, was the first in the world to be granted PRO status, which implies greater control by FC Barcelona of the sporting aspect, with an important ratio of coaches trained at Barça Escola Barcelona.
This means the club will be focusing even more strongly on young players in the Tri-State Area in a season that will start on August 17. However, the current 2019-20 players will also be taking part in a two-week preseason that will begin on August 3.
Last February, the Barça Academy project announced its first school that is controlled directly from the club, the Barça Academy PRO Miami, which will also open its doors this August. Activities have already commenced at this academy, with the first virtual try-outs, while the first Barça Academy Camp is being planned for this summer to continue gathering participants for the new campaign.
The importance of the American market for FC Barcelona is shown by the fact that the USA is currently the country with the most active Barça Academy projects, a total of eleven, practically one in four of the 46 in the world. including Barça Academy PRO NY and Miami, Barça Residency Academy Arizona and the Barça Academy in Austin, Charlotte, Chicago, Columbus, Nashville, Northern Virginia, Orlando and San Diego. This journey, which began five seasons ago, has allowed us to continue consolidating the presence of the Barça Academy in the country, where close to 10,000 children enjoy the club philosophy and playing style, both in the academies and the Barça Academy Camps.
FC Barcelona also wishes to thank all the players and their families for continuing to put their trust in the club's methodology and values for their children's sporting education. We hope to be able to enjoy a great new season with all the athletes who are involved in the Barça Academy PRO development projects.
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