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It will follow existing projects in Austin, Charlotte, Chicago, Florida, Northern Virginia, New York and San Diego.
Players at the Barça Academy in Charlotte, one of the longest running US projects
Paco Largo / FCB
The Barça Academy project is set to open its eighth US school in Columbus, Ohio, on August 1. Youngsters aged between 7 and 18 will have the chance to train with the FC Barcelona methodology and values used at every level at the club. The programme will consist of two training sessions per week, and a tactics session.
Players will compete in the Ohio South Youth Soccer Association (OYSA) league, although the youngest will have an internal league that follows the Barça Escola Barcelona model.
Two weeks of trials will be held from May 29, and the plan is for the Barça Academy to host around 500 young players. Barça Academy Camps have been run in Columbus and Cincinnati for the past 3 years, but this is the first time that a Barça Academy will be opened in Ohio.