SOURCE: ASA

March 19, 2008 10:00 ET

ASA Programs Announces the ASA FC Barcelona Elite Residential Soccer Program to Commence Summer 2008

NEW YORK, NY--(Marketwire - March 19, 2008) - ASA (Academic Study Associates) is pleased to announce the ASA FC Barcelona Soccer Program. ASA has officially partnered with FC Barcelona to offer specialized soccer training and workshops in a unique setting. The program joins existing ASA summer programs in the US, England, France, Spain and Italy.

ASA is the most respected provider of summer pre-college and cultural immersion programs for high school students; it attracts students from 34 states and more than 20 countries. ASA programs encourage students to reach new levels of achievement through expert instruction and the opportunity to choose from a wide range of activities, courses and trips. Students learn how to balance academic and social commitments, making them better prepared for the challenges of college and maximizing their potential to be successful student-athletes.

ASA FC Barcelona participants will attend the 2-week program from July 12 - 26 living in a fully supervised residence in Barcelona, Spain and taking training sessions at the facilities of FC Barcelona. The program is available to boys and girls ages 14 - 18. This is an exciting opportunity for specialized training from one of the world's most successful soccer teams and their expert coaches. The program will focus on all aspects of training required to excel in soccer; technical, tactical, physical and psychological. In addition to world-class training, students participate in daily soccer-related workshops and Spanish language classes.

To register for the ASA FC Barcelona program, please contact the Sales Office at 212.796.8340 or via fcbarcelona@asaprograms.com. Find out more about ASA FC Barcelona at www.asafcbarcelona.com.

For more information, please contact David Evans at 212.796.8342 or by e-mail at devans@asaprograms.com.

About ASA Programs

ASA is a pioneer in offering quality summer programs for high school students. ASA challenges students to use their summer in a unique way for a valuable experience that allows them to develop academically and socially. ASA organizes pre college programs on university campuses at Princeton, Columbia, Tufts, UMass-Amherst and UC-Berkeley in the US and Oxford and Cambridge in England. Programs combine classes with sports, cultural tours and dormitory accommodation for a "taste of college." ASA also offers cultural immersion programs that combine language study and travel in France, Spain and Italy.

More information about all ASA programs is available at www.asaprograms.com.

About FC Barcelona

Founded in 1899, FC Barcelona is one of the most recognized and legendary teams in world soccer and is truly "more than a club." FC Barcelona is highly decorated in terms of honors and accolades, enjoys worldwide support and is committed to the highest standards on the field of play as well as being a pioneer in off the pitch initiatives. FC Barcelona has an unrivalled reputation for the successful training and production of world-class players.

More information about FC Barcelona is available at www.fcbarcelona.cat.

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