It is official: FC Barcelona, one of the top soccer clubs in the world, will be opening its 3rd U.S. location for their youth soccer school, FCBEscola, right here in the Sports Capital of Texas. The soon-to-open Round Rock Multipurpose Complex will house the training days starting this summer.
FCBEscola is an elite program developed to teach youth soccer players, boys and girls ages 6 to 16, the methodology, style of play and values of the renowned international soccer club. Round Rock is joining the ranks with Tokyo, Dubai, Sao Paolo and Moscow as a home to one of these programs, propelling the city onto the global soccer stage!
“This new program will not only help local players experience firsthand the best international, professional and developmental soccer pathway, but will also put Texas on a global soccer stage,” said Marc Segarra, co-founder of ISL Futbol, the largest partner of FC Barcelona in the United States.
Ready for even more exciting news? Young soccer players will have the opportunity to be selected for an “FCB Experience.” This entails a trip to Barcelona to play at the FC Barcelona Ciutat Esportiva and participate in the International FCB Escola Soccer Tournament in which players from the club’s different schools around the world compete.
“Soccer is the second most popular sport in the U.S. behind baseball, and FC Barcelona is opening its third training academy in the U.S. right here in the Sports Capital of Texas. We are honored for Round Rock to be selected as the location for this highly esteemed and globally respected soccer program,” City of Round Rock Director of Sports Management and Tourism Chad McKenzie said. “The Round Rock Multipurpose Complex provides the perfect venue for the world-class training our youth will now have access to with FC Barcelona.”
The Sports Capital of Texas could not be more excited for the opportunities this brings for not only the city, but for current and future soccer players in Central Texas.
For more information about the program, read this article from RoundRockTexas.gov.