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Sam's Blog is a bi-weekly addition to the US Youth Soccer Blog. Sam Snow is the Coaching Director for US Youth Soccer.


Experience in Barcelona

Sam Snow

Recently I had the pleasure to go on a soccer tour in Barcelona, Spain. The tour was arranged through Premier International Tours. There were 36 coaches on the tour. Those coaches came from youth soccer clubs from all across America. Specifically on the tour with me from US Youth Soccer were Dr. Tom Turner, technical director for Ohio Youth Soccer - North, national instructor for U.S. Soccer and US Youth Soccer and the chair of the US Youth Soccer technical committee, Coach Ian Mulliner, technical director for Mass Youth Soccer and a member of the US Youth Soccer technical committee as well as a national instructor for U.S. Soccer and US Youth Soccer and the most noteworthy, Coach Nick Zlatar. Coach Zlatar’s credentials and experiences comprise a long list. Most recently he received the US Youth Soccer Excellence in Youth Coaching Education Award, "The Dr. Thomas Fleck Award". (

Here are the highlights of our activities during the tour.

Program Barcelona Coaches Tour 2017 



Friday, February 3rd

11.00 hours Arrive at the Estadi Cornella-El Prat, Home of RCD Espanyol for a Youth coaching and development seminar with RCD Academy Staff

14.30 hours Arrive at the Nou Camp, Home of FC Barcelona for a Stadium Tour

15.45 hours Transfer to the offices of FCB Jugadors (Past players Association) for presentations by the Jugadors Ramon Alfonseda and the FCB Escola, Isaac Guerrero.

Saturday, February 4th

10.00 hours Arrive at Ciutat Esportiva Joan Gamper (training complex FC Barcelona). Attend FCB (youth) Matches. Our group will be met by Pere Gratacos – Head of International Relations of FC Barcelona.

Program Ciutat Esportiva Joan Gamper:

10.15 FCB Boys Alevi “C” vs. FC Cornella ‘D’

10.30 FCB Girls Alevi/Benjamin vs. Manuel Lanzarote

12.00 FCB Boys “B” Cadete vs. Vilanova

FCB Girls Infantil/ Alevi vs. Vilafranca

14.00 hours Depart for the Nou Camp

16.00 hours Visit pro game FC Barcelona vs. Atletico Club de Bilbao

Sunday February 5th

Program Ciutat Esportiva Dani Jarque:

10.00 hours Arrive at RCD Espanyol’s Dani Jarque Training complex

10.00 hours RCDE Boys Juvenil “B” vs. FC Barcelona “B”

RCDE Girls Infantil/ Alevi vs. Fontsanta Fatjo

12.00 hours RCDE Boys Juvenil “A” vs. Sabadell ‘A’

13.00 hours RCDE Girls Alevi/Benjamin vs. Martinenc

16.00 hours Arrive at Hotel for a Video Analysis seminar with Xavi Guila, Technical Director of Analysis for FC Barcelona, Bayern Munich and Manchester City


Tour Summary

In addition to being a first rate professional coach Dr. Turner is an accomplished amateur photographer. Here is a slide show that he created showing our experiences during our whirlwind tour of Barcelona: 4.3




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