Barcelona have agreed to roll out more of their FCBEscola campuses across the United States over the next five months.
As it stands, the Spanish giants only have one campus in the US, coming in Florida where hundreds of kids learn in the same way top stars like Lionel Messi, Andres Iniesta, Xavi and Sergio Busquets did.
It’s a pretty robust approach from Barca to unearth talent in the States as they take their total from one to 20 in 2016, with Orlando, Miami, Maryland, Chicago, Houston, Dallas, Atlanta and Kansas among the areas to get their own FCBEscola.
The training schemes are aimed at kids between the age of six and 14, with some of the best teams from the local area also invited to participate in competitions as well as a clinic for children from low income families.
Barca confirmed the move alongside a host of board agreements announced today. A statement from fcbarcelona.com read: “The Board has approved two agreements for the creation of FCBEscola campuses in the United States and Japan.
“For the United States, it is an agreement that will be 20 campuses across the nation including Orlando, Miami, Maryland, Chicago, Houston, Dallas, Atlanta and Kansas, between March and August this year.”
Barcelona are already in Japan, with two campuses in Katsushika and Fukuoka, and they’ve now decided to take that number to 13 with the opening of 11 more campuses next year.
The statement ended: “Regarding Japan, eleven campuses will be set up between May this year and April of next year.”
Barca are already dominating football in their own country, but soon enough they’ll be using every corner of the earth to power their team in Spain and on the continent.