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Pre-Academy Soccer Coach

Grande Sports

Location: Casa Grande, AZ
Job Status: Full Time
Posted/Updated: 8/7/2017

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Job Description:

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.

Please send resume to: humanresources@franciscogrande.com

Send email to: humanresources@franciscogrande.com


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