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FC Barcelona, one of the most popular and successful sports franchises in history, is launching a premier school and training program in the United States, and they've selected Loudoun County as its home base.

FC Barcelona Escola Northern Virginia will launch at Evergreen Sportsplex in Leesburg later this year, officials announced Monday.

FCBEscola – escola is Portuguese for school – will feature exhibitions and tryouts for the permanent, Leesburg-based program at Evergreen from April 22-29 for boys and girls ages 6-18.

“Our school in Northern Virginia will allow FC Barcelona to deliver our official developmental methodology to one of the most exciting youth soccer areas in the United States,” Franc Carbó, director of FCBEscola, said in a statement. “Our playing style and commitment to the proper development of youth players has produced world-class players, such as Lionel Messi, Andres Iniesta, Gerard Pique, Xavi and many others. We see a great promise in Loudoun County and Northern Virginia.”

FC Barcelona, which plays in the Spanish La Liga, has partnered with global sports management company Sporting Global to launch FCBEscola Northern Virginia.

“FC Barcelona recognizes there is talent in Northern Virginia and we are excited that they chose Evergreen Sportsplex as their venue,” Evergreen Sportsplex’s Managing Director Chris Bourassa said. “The athletes that attend the FCBEscola will be trained under the best soccer methodology in the world. We couldn’t ask for a better opportunity for area soccer players.”

An estimated 17,000 Loudoun County youths play soccer, and Evergreen Sportsplex in Leesburg is the only facility in North America that features four FIFA-certified soccer fields.

The F.C. Barcelona school will provide players an “exclusive opportunity to learn the same methodology and values from the unmatched Barça style and philosophy that is recognized as being the world leader in youth development,” according to a new release, which noted there were 43 professional soccer players in 2016 that were trained under the club’s youth system.

During the late April tryouts, FC Barcelona technical directors will evaluate approximately 2,000 players throughout the week.

There isn't a set number of players that will be accepted into the program, said Carolyn Dobson, Evergreen's vice president of Marketing. Dobson said that figure will be mostly dependent on talent.

“We're really excited to show this new methodology of training to the kids,” she said. “The Barça way is really very different.”

After the tryouts, official training will then begin later this year.

Several executives and scouts with F.C. Barcelona are planning to re-locate from Spain to Loudoun County for the program, and Evergreen is constructing additional office space and facilities for the elite organization.

Key factors as to why the franchise selected Leesburg included proximity to Dulles International Airport and Washington, steady population growth and the huge regional interest in youth soccer.


Loudoun parents will be lining up to pay big $ so someone from FC can tell them their little prodigy is the next Landon Donovan. Cha Ching!

I guess the demand is there for the wealthy Loudouner’s to try to be able to beat the natural talent at Parkview… :)

“Escola” is also the word for “school” in Catalan - the native language of Catalonia and Barcelona.  Use of the term Escola is more likely based on the Catalan than Portuguese.

FC Barcelona is very popular around here . FC Barcelona stickers adorn every 1990’s Honda civic in Loudoun. I’m sure it will be a great success.

While I’m glad to see this, my second thought is what traffic measures are being considered for the entrance to the park that creates near-weekly accidents and near death experiences?

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