Every Graduate Has Earned a College Scholarship or Signed a Professional Contract

Barça Residency Academy

Barça Residency Academy is the ideal place for student-athletes to develop on the field, in the classroom, and as young adults among some of the most elite youth soccer players around the world.

Full immersion in a professional soccer environment

Professional full-time Academy staff (FC Barcelona Technical Director and Coordinator)

World-renowned FC Barcelona training methodology and curriculum

Competition in MLS NEXT – the highest level of youth soccer competition, training, and development in North America

Excellent education on campus provided by Arizona State University Preparatory Academy

Nutritionally balanced meals for young athletes

Opportunity to train and tryout at FC Barcelona in Barcelona, Spain

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“Every journey has an end. Im proud of what this team has accomplished this year together. I’m blessed to be able to call each and every single one of you family. I want to thank my teammates for always pushing me to be the best I can be. From practice to games to dinners and workouts together, you guys have never failed to bring a smile to my face and I will forever cherish those moments. These friendships will last a lifetime. I want to thank Barca Academy for allowing me to grow tremendously as a player, but most importantly as a person. They have established principles in me that will stick for life. These last two years of my life have no doubt been the best, and I can’t wait to see what the future has in store for all of my brothers going off into their own journeys.”

Christian Ortiz – Barça Residency Academy USA 2019

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Barça Residency Academy coaches are nationally and internationally recognized from the collegiate, professional, and international levels of competition.

Our commitment and dedication to the highest level of youth development, training, and coaching is supported and enhanced by the 135 Grande Sports World on-site employees that focus on elevating the student athlete’s physical, mental, nutritional, academic, and personal development.

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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 players with the highest level of competition, training, and personal development opportunities on and off the field.

Barça Residency Academy is also a member of the Elite Academy League, a top national platform with a standards-based league giving clubs the ability to provide a full developmental model and pathway with top competition and exposure.

Barça Residency Academy teams also compete in the Arizona Premier League and the United Premier Soccer League (UPSL), an American professional development league that provides older Barça Residency Academy teams a platform to compete against high-level professional talent and competition.


Grande Sports World – Home of Barça Residency Academy – has a history of hosting the highest quality teams and athletes who compete at the highest level of youth soccer both domestically and internationally.

Here are just a few of their accomplishments:


Percent of Graduates

Signed a professional contract or were offered a college scholarship


Professional Signings

Players have signed with prestigious clubs like Manchester United, Liverpool & ACF Fiorentina


College Scholarships

Players have gone on to compete at over 40 universities including, Stanford, North Carolina, Wake Forest, & UCLA


National Team Players

Player have competed for their country’s national team or have participated in national team camps


CONCACAF Gold Cup Players

Matthew Hoppe and the U.S. Men’s National Team won the 2021 CONCACAF Gold Cup Championship, Carlos Salcedo and the Mexico Men’s National Team were runners-up.


U-20 World Cup Players

Alumni competed for the U.S. Men’s National Team in the 2017 U-20 World Cup


2018 World Cup

An alumni competed in the 2018 World Cup and started in every match for his home country


2018 MLS Rookie of the Year

Three-time NCAA National Champion (Stanford) Corey Baird was named the 2018 MLS Rookie of the Year

Barça Residency Academy fosters an environment and mentality that emphasizes fulfilling an individual’s full potential.

Arizona State University Preparatory Academy’s innovative teaching system provides a personalized and flexible educational experience for every student-athlete.

On-campus Learning

High use of innovative learning technologies that empowers students to work at their own pace

Additional study hours and continuous support from teachers, tutors, and staff

Academic advising, directed study halls, life skills support, college preparation, community service opportunities, and cultural and extracurricular activities

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Arizona State University has been recognized as the most innovative university for eight consecutive years by USA News

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ASU Prep prepares students for college and careers with a rigorous university preparatory curriculum and the option to enroll in university classes for credit. Programs are intentionally designed to be challenging so that students develop critical thinking and learning skills that prepare them for the future.

Flexible Blended Learning


ASU Prep teachers utilize personalized online courses in tandem with face-to-face instruction for an individualized pace. Additional tutorial support and advancement to college credit courses are available for students with demonstrated readiness.

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ASU Prep teachers are supremely qualified and educated, with 73% currently holding or pursuing a graduate degree. Students have access to the teachers during and outside of school hours for personalized one-on-one attention.

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Students at ASU Prep use technology to address problems and challenges and work collaboratively to identify solutions to social issues that affect their communities. They explore college majors and career disciplines through personalized academic apprenticeships with ASU faculty and community organizations.

Barca Residency Academy student-athlete Jaden Strumeir delivering a speech at the ASU Prep graduation ceremony