Real Salt Lake-Arizona Academy & Grande Sports Academy
Grande Sports World, home of Grande Sports Academy and the Real Salt Lake-Arizona Academy, is located in Casa Grande, Arizona, just 45 minutes from Phoenix International Airport. Grande Sports World has quickly become one of the finest sports training facilities in the United States and serves as a training destination for youth, professional and national teams from around the globe. U.S. Soccer named Grande Sports World the West Conference’s Best Training Facility for the 2012-13 and 2013-14 Development Academy seasons.
Completed in 2010 at a cost of $20 million, Grande Sports World is truly an athlete’s dream come true, boasting eight professional-grade soccer fields (six lighted); an impressive 58,000-square-foot training and conditioning performance center with top quality locker rooms; state-of-the-art training equipment for elite athletes; and two therapy pools for recovery and rehabilitation. The historic and beautifully appointed Francisco Grande Hotel and Golf Resort is adjacent to Grande Sports World and offers excellent accommodations for guests.
Grande Sports Academy, home of the nationally recognized Real Salt Lake-Arizona Academy, is the only full-time residential academy affiliated with a Major League Soccer team. The academy concentrates on developing highly competitive soccer players to become outstanding young men both on and off the field. Grande Sports Academy has built an organization that sets the bar for excellence, winning the 2012-13 U.S. Soccer Development Academy U-15/16 National Championship, reaching the 2013-14 USSDA U-15/16 final and becoming one of only three teams in the country to reach the USSDA playoffs in every season since 2010-11 at both the U-15/16 and U-17/18 age groups.
Grande Sports Academy has developed a well-respected, award-winning, successful style of attractive and attacking soccer. This culture of success, professional atmosphere and approach to training and competition is what Grande Sports Academy coaches and players call learning to “play the championship way” and follow the club’s mantra: As One.
Soccer tryouts are held throughout the year at Grande Sports Academy. As a member of the Grande family, you will train like a professional while developing your game in the U.S. Soccer Development Academy, the highest level of youth soccer in the United States. We provide the very best facilities, programs and soccer coaches, and we want players committed to achieving their highest potential. Our competitive program attracts premier soccer players from around the world and we play amongst top rated club and international soccer teams.
Grande Sports Academy residential soccer camps offer an unforgettable experience and are a great opportunity for young soccer players aged 10 – 17 to not only improve their skills on the field but also learn about the importance of teamwork, sportsmanship and commitment. Our residential camps are a great opportunity for players to improve their tactical and technical abilities, work with and get evaluated by some of the best coaches in the country. Furthermore, players have an opportunity to meet a number of young players from all over the world who share the same enthusiasm for the beautiful game of soccer and build life-long friendships.
Coaching & Technical Staff
The Grande Sports Academy coaching staff embraces the unique Real Salt Lake philosophy of training and is recognized nationally and internationally for their professional playing and coaching experience. Their commitment and dedication is to youth development, training, and coaching. The success of the Real Salt Lake-Arizona Academy is a testimony to their ability to transform talented soccer players into outstanding competitive players.