Barça Academy Toronto - Barca Academy Toronto
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All aspects of our academy, including the technical development, coaching staff, training routines, and personal growth will be aligned with the FC Barcelona methodology which has brought so much success to the club in the recent years. The players will train under the same vision, mission and focus as the club’s youth teams. The FC Barcelona philosophy will be implemented on all the features of our program.Bringing this academy to Toronto is a milestone in the ever growing football culture present in the country and we hope to contribute to the development of the sport by introducing players to our particular style of play which has become an essential piece of the club’s identity.



Our aim is to teach the players the concepts of football encompassed in the FC Barcelona methodology in order for them to be able to deal successfully with sporting challenges in the future, while also transmitting the values that are so representative of FC Barcelona such as tolerance, respect, solidarity, friendship, fair play, integration, commitment, effort and happiness.



Our development will empower them to successfully overcome future sporting challenges while simultaneously instilling the personal values which are so representative of FC Barcelona such as tolerance, respect, solidarity, friendship, fair play, integration, effort and happiness.



Ken Oda

Project Director Toronto

Ken Oda comes to the Barça Academy Toronto as Project Director from Barça Academy in Chicago.  Joan is approaching his 3rd year with FCBarcelona.

He started his career at FCBarcelona as a coach in the FCBEscola program in 2016 and has travelled all across the globe running the FCBEscola Soccer Camps in various cities. Joan studied Sports Science at the Universitat Ramon Llull. In addition to this, he has a number of technical certifications in soccer, including a UEFA A License.

Alen Vukobrad

Assistant Technical Director

Alen Vukobrad as our Assistant Technical Director, he has been training with the FCBEscola Camps in Canada since 2013, having coached at over thirty camps throughout the country, and is now acting as Assistant Technical Director.

With over ten years of coaching experience, Alen brings a vast knowledge of the game to support our coaching staff with their constant development and adjustment to the FC Barcelona methodology. He also holds a Canadian National B License.

James Taylor

Project Manager Toronto

James has been a coach at the Barça Academy Toronto in the past and has now moved to the Project manager role.

James grew up in England playing for Melksham Town FC and representing his county of Wiltshire. James has lived in Toronto for the past seven years and represented Sanjaxx lions FC in Ontario League 1 before becoming a full-time coach at Barca Academy.




Nicholas Scarafile

Academy Manager Markham

Nicholas grew up in Brampton where he played for Winstars Academy and Oakville Blue Devils before heading to the US for an athletic and academic scholarship. He played NCAA Division II soccer for two years in Texas A&M International and then finished his last two years at Nyack College in New York while achieving a Degree in Business Sports Management. Nicholas also holds coaching licenses both in Canada and the US.


The programs are structured to ensure that every coach plays a close role in each player’s development and the training sessions encourage a high degree of participation. As a result each team is composed by a maximum of 12 players.

The Barça Academy Toronto employs the same training methods used by the youth teams at the Club, which consist of a group of progressive and interrelated exercises, adapted to each training level or stage.

The Barça Academy Toronto consists of different training phases according to the different age groups and a supplementary skill based program (Tecnificació):