B-Elite Soccer

General Information

What

B-Elite Soccer is the best environment to live and learn true soccer thanks to the best training methodology used by the top teams in the Spain.

History

Our first academy was founded in Denver, Colorado in 2015 by one experienced FC Barcelona Academy Director with the goal of delivering the best soccer training experience in the USA. In 2016, B-Elite Soccer opened a new academy in Colorado Springs, with more locations across the US to come.

Founder

Nacho Velázquez

  • 20 years as entrepreneur;
  • 23 years as coach and coach director for soccer teams and clubs in Spain, including FC Barcelona.

Main Qualifications

  • Sports Technician in Soccer (Coaching Title: UEFA “A” & UEFA “B” Licenses);
  • Head Soccer Coach (Coaching Title: UEFA “PRO” License);
  • Holds the National License as a Soccer Coach by the Royal Spanish Football Federation (Real Federación Española de Fútbol (RFEF).

Directors

Carles Gil (Technical Director Denver & Goalkeepers Program Director)

  • 8 years as Head Coach and Assistant Coach of FC Barcelona U12-U13 at “La Masia”;
  • Responsible for the FC Barcelona Summer Camps in China, Italy and Finland;
  • Scouter for FC Barcelona U7 to U12;
  • Director of FC Barcelona School for U6 to U14;
  • Goaltending coach for the first FC Barcelona women’s team;
  • Technical coach (goalkeepers & players) for U7 to U14.

Main Qualifications

  • Sports Technician in Soccer (Coaching Titles. UEFA “A” & UEFA “B” Licenses);
  • Licensed Soccer Coach by the Royal Spanish Football Federation (Real Federación Española de Fútbol (RFEF).

Fran Escalzo (Technical Director Colorado Springs)

  • 10 years as a coach and coach director in soccer teams and clubs in Spain, including FC Barcelona, UDA Gramenet, CE Sant Gabriel and CE Mercantil;
  • Coach on FC Barcelona international campuses.

Main Qualifications

  • UEFA “A”, UEFA “B” and UEFA “PRO” Licensed;
  • Sports Technician in Soccer (2010);
  • Higher Sports Technician specializing in Soccer (2015);
  • Licensed Soccer Coach by the Royal Spanish Soccer Federation (Real Federación Española de Fútbol).

Aitor Lario (Associate Technical Director Denver)

  • 6 years experience as a trainer at top clubs in Spain like R.C.D. Espanyol, CB Terlenka, A.E. Prat, and U.E. Castelldefels;
  • 11 years playing semi-professional soccer in Spain for A.E. Prat, U.E. Castelldefels, and U.AT. Gramenet;
  • 1 year as a soccer instructor at one of the top soccer coaching school in Spain, ACADEF.

Main Qualifications

  • Sports Soccer Director Level III;
  • Certificate of Higher Education in Physical Education and Sports;
  • Sports Technician in Soccer (Coaching Title: UEFA “A” & UEFA “B” Licenses);
  • Head Soccer Coach (Coaching Title: UEFA “PRO” License).

Víctor Torres (Technical Director)

  • 11 years as a coach and coach director in soccer teams and clubs in Spain, including UDA Gramenet and FC Barcelona;
  • Coach of the Cesc Fabregas Campus;
  • Coach on the FC Barcelona Campus.

Main Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree in Physical Education and Sport Sciences by the University of Vic, Spain (2010);
  • Sports Technician specializing in Soccer (2014).

Héctor Galán (Technical Director Dallas)

  • 11 years as coach and director for both Catalan and Spanish soccer teams and clubs, including UDA Gramenet, CF Damm and FC Barcelona;
  • Coordinator of the soccer school LAMA Football Academy of Xian (China);
  • Coached across international campuses with FC Barcelona.

Main Qualifications

  • Sports Technician in Soccer (Coaching Titles. UEFA “A” & UEFA “B” Licenses);
  • Licensed Soccer Coach by the Royal Spanish Football Federation (Real Federación Española de Fútbol (RFEF).

Player Pathway

Pro College Professionalism
U17 – ALUMNI: Club’s players playing in the US & Europe Professionally.
B-Elite EA Academy Development – Competition & Performance
U13 – U19: Club’s teams competing at the national level with regular out of the state travel for league/tournament play.
B-Elite Academy Development & Competition
U7 – Y19: Club’s teams competing at the highest level in the state & regionally with out of the state tournaments travels CSA/State Cup.
B-Elite Premier Development & Competition
U7 – Y19: Club’s teams competing in the state CSA/Presidents Cup.
B-Elite Competitive Development Programs Refinement Players & GK’s
U7 – U19: Complementary high level soccer programs.
Tiki Taka Recreation Program Initiation
U5 – U6: Introduction to soccer & sports.

Mission, Values and Philosophy

Mission

B-Elite Soccer fosters mental, emotional, and physical development of young soccer players in the US by applying a unique soccer training methodology from Spain that lends itself to a positive, competitive, and fun experience.

Vision

To be the reference for high-quality youth soccer training in the US.

Core Values

Respect, Effort, Commitment, Honesty, Teamwork, and Solidarity.

Purpose

Empowering young kids in the USA to stay a step ahead in life.

Soccer From Spain

B-Elite applies the best training methodology used by the top teams in the Spain.

Visiting International Coaches

Coaches visit B-Elite Academies from first-class soccer teams of Europe and South America.

International Experiences

B-Elite offers international travel where teams and/or players participate in international soccer tournaments, camps, training sessions and tryouts in Europe.

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