Grande Sports Academy is the United States’ first and only residency soccer academy program affiliated with a professional Major League Soccer Team, 2009 MLS Cup Champions, Real Salt Lake.
Grande Sports Academy has assembled a high caliber soccer coaching staff of professionals to ensure your child’s success on and off the field. Our coaching staff is nationally recognized as exceptional disciplinarians of the game. They believe in true soccer and embed our core values of integrity, hard work, respect, discipline, selflessness, goal attainment and a commitment to excellence into our student athletes. Our administrative and supportive staffs are professionals dedicated to encouraging self esteem in individual athletes, pride in the academy community and a culture that will build a lifetime of friendships and memories that cannot be found anywhere else.
Grande Sports Academy residents have complete access to the finest soccer facility in this country. The complex boasts 9 professional grade championship width soccer fields, 6 lighted; an impressive 58,000 square foot training and conditioning performance center with four stadium quality locker rooms of 71 lockers each; 16 flexible classrooms with multimedia capabilities; state-of-the-art training equipment for elite athletes; an outdoor grassed technical area; and two therapy pools for recovery and rehabilitation.
Grande Sports Academy attracts the top players from around the country. Our focused soccer environment, premier facilities, Real Salt Lake support and stellar coaching staff of former Major League Soccer and US National Team players make this the most outstanding program in the United States.
Grande Sports Academy is home to Real Salt Lake – AZ. Real Salt Lake – AZ competes in the U.S. Soccer Development Academy in the Southwest Division. The Development Academy is a partnership between U.S. Soccer and the top youth clubs around the country to provide the best youth players in the U.S. with an everyday environment to produce the next generation of National Team players. We are evaluated by a National Team coach at least ten times each year and we receive two formal evaluations in over 100 categories each year from National Team Staff. In the 2012-13 season, Real Salt Lake – AZ U-15/16 won the U.S. Soccer Development Academy Championship, defeating Solar Chelsea SC 4-2 in the final.
Real Salt Lake – AZ competes in one of the toughest soccer divisions in the country, the Southwest Division, which includes Major League Soccer’s LA Galaxy and Chivas USA, as well as Real So Cal, San Diego Surf, San Diego Nomads, Pateadores, Irvine Strikers and Arsenal FC. In conjunction with league matches, we also compete in cross conference matches, which include Major League Soccer’s Seattle Sounders, Portland Timbers, Vancouver Whitecaps and San Jose Earthquakes, as well as Santa Cruz Breakers, Crossfire, De Anza Force and San Juan Soccer Academy.
Our magnificent facilities draw unique higher competition that other academies cannot offer. For example, youth national teams such as the US U18 Men’s National team , Canada’s National teams, New Zealand’s National Teams, and the Rwanda U17 national team have been on site at Grande Sports World for training and competition.