FC Barcelona, the most powerful club in the world has announced that it will be opening a training academy in Orlando, FL this coming season. Facilities will be located across the city including Austin Tindall Regional Park in Kissimmee and Boone High School, Orange County.

Why this matters: This move is part of a larger push for the club to have a bigger footprint in the United States as well as a worldwide boots of its Barça Academy project.

Notable Quotes: “The fact that FCBarcelona is coming to Orlando, gives us the opportunity to involve our diverse community in a project that has a dedicated foundation and integration base. These standards are very well aligned to our operative mindset.” -Mayra Uribe, Orange County Commissioner.

“One of the main goals of Barça Academy has always been to give players around the world the opportunity to be exposed to our methodology, acquiring our core values and soccer capacities.” -Carles Martin, Director Barça Academy

What’s next?: The club will host a public tryout on June 8th (3pm – 8pm) at Austin Tindall Regional Park and will be open to boys and girls ages 5 to 18 years old. Once the prospective players go through the tryout, the technical director will make the final decision on which program fits the player better into the academy.