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LaLiga North America launches Miami Academy

LaLiga North America, a joint venture between LaLiga and Relevent Sports, has officially announced the launch of a new US academy. LaLiga Academy Miami will be the first LaLiga-branded academy in the country and will feature programs for boys and girls aged 4 to 18.

The announcement comes just months after LaLiga had to shelve plans to host a regular season match between Girona and Barcelona in the city.

The Headquarters of LaLiga Academy in South Florida will be based at SDG Soccer Complex in North Miami Beach. Best practices from LaLiga clubs will be used in the coaching methodology. The academy will also have a development program for coaches and a scouting component.

“LaLiga’s focus in North America is to grow soccer through different activities, and grassroots development is a key component,” said LaLiga North America chief executive, Boris Gartner. “As soccer continues to grow, we want to play a key role in more kids playing and more coaches teaching soccer.”

LaLiga club FC Barcelona also opened its first permanent US academy in South Florida. The FCB Escola Florida in Fort Lauderdale has been operating since 2015.