Barcelona will launch a club in the United States

BARCELONA, SPAIN - MAY 01: The Barcelona club crest during the UEFA Champions League Semi Final first leg match between Barcelona and Liverpool at the Nou Camp on May 01, 2019 in Barcelona, Spain. (Photo by Catherine Ivill/Getty Images)
BARCELONA, SPAIN - MAY 01: The Barcelona club crest during the UEFA Champions League Semi Final first leg match between Barcelona and Liverpool at the Nou Camp on May 01, 2019 in Barcelona, Spain. (Photo by Catherine Ivill/Getty Images)

The Blaugrana want to have a women’s club in the United States, as well as improving academy sides to feed the first team.

Barcelona women’s team is currently in the UEFA Women’s Champion League Final where they will play against Lyon.

And thanks to the success the team has in the local league and in Europe, the team is thinking of launching a women’s club in the United States.

“For us, the priority is to consolidate women’s football within the club, not just the first team but in all the age groups we have,” vice president Jordi Mestre told ESPN.

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“After that, we’re looking at a really exciting project, which is to enter a team in the league in the United States.”

“We know women’s football in the U.S. is very powerful. To our understanding, there’s almost the same percentage of boys and girls that play football. It’s still a young sport in the country, but that’s spectacular,” he added.

“It’s a medium-to-long-term project and we’re working on it at the moment. It’s not easy, but it’s a project we’re keen to push through and the objective is there. What we’re clear about is that if we managed to launch a franchise in the U.S., it’s to stay there.”

“It’s not to be there for one or two years and then leave. For that reason, what the club wants is the security that when we make the move it’s for good. That’s why it’s not a short-term project because we need all the components in place to be able to stay. We need to find a location, a club… there are a lot of factors,” he concluded.

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