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Pre-Academy Soccer Coach - Barca Academy



Department:     Barça Academy                                   Status: Exempt (Salary)


Position:           Pre-Academy Soccer Coach            Date Prepared:   August 2017



REPORTS TO:            Academy Director                  


PLACE OF WORK:     Barça Academy, Casa Grande, AZ




FC Barcelona (“FCB”), one of the most revered and admired soccer teams in the world, is partnering with Grande Sports Academy (“GSA”) to create the Barça Academy, a full-time year round residency program for boys aged 13-19.   FCB will bring accomplished coach Denis Silva to install the methodology, coaching techniques and core values it uses at its own youth academy, La Masia, in Barcelona, Spain to Arizona.   La Masia is generally recognized throughout the world as the most successful youth soccer development program in professional soccer.


FCB has almost 40 youth developmental programs worldwide, six of which are open or soon to open in the U.S. for younger players, to instill FCB’s soccer and life skills.   Barça Academy will be the home of the most talented youth players, and will sit atop the FCB U.S. youth player development pyramid.


The Barça Academy will compete in the US Soccer Development Academy (“USSDA”) program in the U.S., comprised of the top 70 or so youth soccer development academies in the U.S.   The Barça Academy is the first USSDA team in history to have one of the top professional soccer teams in the world providing full-time coaches and in a high-quality training, educational, and residential environment in the U.S.


Grande Sports Academy has been one of the top USSDA academies in the United States. Grande Sports Academy was the first to offer a complete residency program that included dorms, daily nutrition, a $20 million dollar superior athletic complex, safety, security, tutoring, college preparation, and to be affiliated with an MLS team.   Every Grande Sports Academy graduate has signed a professional contract or earned a college scholarship to schools such as Stanford, UCLA and Virginia. Overall 68 GSA graduates have competed on one of their country’s National Teams. GSA teams have won one US Soccer Development Academy National Championship, finished second twice and competed in the National Finals in four of its first five years of existence.




To instruct and work with soccer athletes to prepare them for competition.   Develop strategy, planning, running practice sessions, and motivating teams.   The coach must be a strong communicator with excellent supervisory skills. The coach must be organized and able to delegate, with a firm grasp of how to improve both individuals and the team as a whole.   The coach needs good analytical skills, to build a successful program. The coach is required to promote the program.   The coach will help players perfect their abilities, keep them fit to compete, and teach them to stay calm under the pressure of competitive play.   Coach must understand US Soccer and Arizona Youth Soccer Association rules and policies.   Coach must also actively place graduating student athletes at professional clubs, top Division I II, II and NJCAA programs, based on talents and academies.




1.    To instruct and work with soccer athletes to prepare them for competition.

2.      Develop strategy, planning and running practice sessions under the guidance of the Academy Director & Technical Director

3.      Must have good analytical skills.

4.      Must be a strong motivator and communicator.

5.      Able to improve the skill levels and perfect the abilities of all players.

6.      Proven leadership ability.

7.      Teach players to stay calm under pressure.

8.      Must actively place graduating student athletes at professional clubs, top Division I II, III and   NCAA programs, based on talents and academies

9.      Adhere to and enforce all company policies and procedures

10.   All other duties as assigned.




USSF “B” Coaching License

CPR Certification




This position meets the Fair Labor Standards (FLSA) Act for Exempt Employee category, which includes a complete exemption from its minimum wage and overtime requirements for employees employed in a bona fide executive, administrative, professional, or outside sales capacity.    




The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by people assigned to this classification.   They are not to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties, and skills required of personnel so classified.   All personnel may be required to perform duties outside of their normal responsibilities from time to time, as needed. This document does not create an employment contract, implied or otherwise, other than an "at will" employment relationship.


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