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FCBEscola Florida

April 14, 2016 14:59 ET

World Cup Champion Jose Edmilson Visits First and Only FC Barcelona Soccer Academy in the United States

Edmilson Serves as the New Global Ambassador for the FCBEscola Soccer Schools, Which Teaches Barca Values and Training Methodology to Youth Teams U6 to U14

MIAMI, FL and BARCELONA, SPAIN--(Marketwired - Apr 14, 2016) -  Former FC Barcelona player and World Cup champion Jose Edmilson is expected to participate in the first ever FCBEscola Florida Invitational Tournament, announced organizers of the FCBEscola Florida, the first and only official soccer academy of FC Barcelona in the U.S. FCBEscola Florida employs the same methodology used by Barça youth teams in its yearly program designed for kids U6 to U14. This program is directed and supervised by a Technical Director from the FCBEscola in Barcelona who resides permanently in South Florida. 

Edmilson will be in South Florida to participate in the 1st ever FCBEscola Florida Invitational Tournament, which will take place on Saturday, April 16 and Sunday, April 17. FCBEscola players in U8, U10, U12 and U14 will participate in this tournament with teams from around the state at Central Broward Regional Park and Stadium located at 3700 NW 11 Place in Lauderhill, Florida.

In February, Edmilson signed on as the global ambassador for the FCBEscola soccer schools to act in the name of FC Barcelona at official events. His role includes visiting the different schools and participating in training sessions along with the pupils and coaches. In his time as a FC Barcelona player (2004-2008), Jose Edmilson won the Champions League, two Ligas and two Spanish Super Cups. He was part of the Brazil national team which won the 2012 World Cup.

Now entering the third season, FCBEscola Florida launched in the U.S. in August 2014 and currently has more than 250 players in its competitive and recreational programs modeled after FC Barcelona' philosophy and methodology, thus teaching Barça values and way of play in its youth program at Central Broward Regional Park and Stadium.

The popularity of soccer as a sport has been growing exponentially in the U.S. in recent years, and FC Barcelona is known the world over for playing attractive and offensive soccer, a style of play based on short passing, movement, patience, moving the ball through various channels and keeping the possession. 

Aside from the invitational tournament, key highlights of the 2016 season include:

  • FCBEscola Tryouts on April 30: Aspiring soccer players ages 5 to 13 years old are encouraged to try out for a spot on the various teams. 
  • Community Soccer Clinic on May 7: FCBEscola Florida staff will lead the community focused event for children of all ages. The event is open to the community and free on a first come, first serve basis.
  • 4th Annual FCBEscola Tournament and Festival on May 14: The culminating activity before the new season officially begins.

In 2014, Kaptiva Sports, a global-leading sports management company, announced it reached an agreement with the world's renowned FC Barcelona to open the first ever FCBEscola in the United States. With the debut of the FCBEscola Florida soccer academy, Kaptiva Sports sought to bring a piece of Barça to the children of South Florida, many of whom want to learn to play like their heroes. The academy in Florida is the best way to feel like a FCBarcelona player since participants will be training under the same successful methodology learned by Messi, Xavi, Iniesta, Puyol, Fabregas, Busquets, Valdes, Piqué among others which consist of a series of progressive exercises related to each stage or level of education.

FCBEscola is the official soccer school for the FC Barcelona club. With headquarters in Barcelona, the soccer academy has expanded around the world in different countries, including Peru, Poland, India, Dubai, Brazil and Morocco. After ten years hosting FCBCamps in cities throughout the United States and training more than 15,000 kids within these events, Kaptiva Sports is considered one of the premier partners with the most experience organizing and handling Barça's soccer club program. Based in Sunrise, FCBEscola Florida teams train at Central Broward Regional Park and Stadium following the same training regime of the professional soccer club known the world over as Barça.

"When we decided to establish a permanent home for the program in the U.S., we knew it was important to offer the same Barça training style at the highest competitive level," said Miguel Castiella, Local Project Director of FCBEscola Florida who came from the youth program in Barcelona to teach kids in the U.S. academy. "We are most proud to be teaching kids to play the Barça way and make sports history in South Florida."

Central Broward Regional Park and Stadium is the home of the FCBEscola Florida, located at 3700 North West in Lauderhill, Florida. The state-of-the-art sports complex has two 11v11 natural grass soccer fields at the facilities. Practice is held each Monday, Tuesday and Thursday from 6:30 to 9:15 pm and Saturday from 9:00 am to 12:30 pm.

The registration form for boys and girls ages 5 to 13 to try out for FCBEscola Florida can be found online: http://fcbescola.fcbarcelona.com/florida/

For more information on the soccer academy and summer camps, please visit the FCBEscola Florida website at www.fcbescolausa.com or call (954) 652-2100.

About Kaptiva Sports
Kaptiva Sports is a global sports company with a major expertise in Event Management & Sports Marketing. Our services are divided into four areas: academies, events travel & consulting. We are experts in designing, developing and managing different types of sport events, in diverse locations and challenging venues. In this regard Kaptiva Sports is one of the most important official FCBarcelona licensees, having reached more than 15,000 participants during the FCBEscola Camps organized since 2008 in more than 12 different cities in the USA. For more information visit www.kaptivasports.com. Kaptiva Sports video: https://vimeo.com/147739695

About FCBEscola Florida
FCBEscola Florida is the first and only official soccer academy of FC Barcelona in the USA.

Known as one of the best soccer academies in the world, FCBEscola is now offering talented young athletes the opportunity to learn soccer skills and tactics in accordance with the same methods that are used within the Barça youth teams, through a yearly program. FCBEscola Florida video:
https://vimeo.com/128771965

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