UPSL Division II


UPSL Announces Arizona Expansion with Barça Residency USA

Casa Grande, AZ based Club Joins Arizona Division for 2020 Fall Season
Published Aug 5, 2020

August 5, 2020 – Los Angeles, CA – The United Premier Soccer League (UPSL) is pleased to announce Barça Residency USA as its newest Division I member.

Based in Casa Grande, AZ, Barça Residency USA will begin UPSL play in the 2020 Fall Season as a member of the Arizona Division. The club will host its UPSL home games at Grande Sports World – Home of Barça Residency USA (12684 W. Gila Bend Hwy, Casa Grande, AZ 85193) in compliance with UPSL National Division I standards.

UPSL Vice President Christian Vallejos said, "We are extremely excited to welcome Barça Residency USA to the UPSL. The club has state-of-the-art facilities at Grande Sports World and includes some coaches from FC Barcelona. We are very proud that a club that has been so successful at moving players on to the next level is including the UPSL in their player development pathway."

Barça Residency Academy USA launched in 2017 for players ages 10 to 17 years old as a partnership between a world-renowned soccer club, FC Barcelona, and Grande Sports World – a blossoming center for excellence in youth soccer development and education in the United States. A member of the U.S. Development Academy, Barça Residency Academy USA has created 'Barça Residency USA' to compete exclusively in the UPSL.

"We are delighted to be joining the UPSL for the upcoming season. Being a part of the largest Pro Development league in the USA will provide tremendous opportunities for our club. There is a high level of talent and competition within the league and we believe that it will provide a true pathway for our players to help them achieve their goals playing at the highest level," Barça Residency Academy USA Director Ged Quinn said.

The only full-time residential academy program partnered with a top international professional team, Barça Residency USA players live and train on Grande Sports World's campus that features on-site dormitories, eight soccer fields, professional nutrition programming and a 58,000 square foot state-of-the-art athletic training facility.

About Barça Residency USA

Barça Residency USA is an American Soccer club currently based in Casa Grande, AZ, and a new member of the United Premier Soccer League. Barça Residency USA will play in the UPSL's Arizona Division.

Barça Residency USA can participate in the qualifying rounds for the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup through their affiliation and membership with the UPSL, the U.S. Soccer Federation (USSF) and the United States Adult Soccer Association (USASA).

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