Grande Sports World, home of Grande Sports Academy and the Real Salt Lake-Arizona Academy, is located in Casa Grande, Arizona, just 45 minutes from Phoenix International Airport. Grande Sports World has quickly become one of the finest sports training facilities in the United States and serves as a training destination for youth, professional and national teams from around the globe. U.S. Soccer named Grande Sports World the West Conference’s Best Training Facility for the 2012-13 and 2013-14 Development Academy seasons.
Completed in 2010 at a cost of $20 million, Grande Sports World is truly an athlete’s dream come true, boasting eight professional-grade soccer fields (six lighted); an impressive 58,000-square-foot training and conditioning performance center with top quality locker rooms; state-of-the-art training equipment for elite athletes; and two therapy pools for recovery and rehabilitation. The historic and beautifully appointed Francisco Grande Hotel and Golf Resort is adjacent to Grande Sports World and offers excellent accommodations for guests.
The Francisco Grande Hotel & Golf Resort offers its guests luxury accommodations in the Tower, superb food, outstanding golf and excellent value. Every guest room in the tower is oversized and has a large, inviting balcony with expansive views of the golf course and the mountains in the distance. This traditional 7,400 yard Arizona golf course is one of the most historic in the Southwest, is overseeded every winter and has over 1,500 mature trees and three lakes in a parkland setting. This unique golf resort in Arizona weaves a rich tapestry in Arizona tradition, playing host to celebrities, sports stars and accommodating visitors for more than 50 years.
Grande Sports Academy, home of the nationally recognized Real Salt Lake-Arizona Academy, is the only full-time residential academy affiliated with a Major League Soccer team. The academy concentrates on developing highly competitive soccer players to become outstanding young men both on and off the field. Grande Sports Academy has built an organization that sets the bar for excellence, winning the 2012-13 U.S. Soccer Development Academy U-15/16 National Championship, reaching the 2013-14 USSDA U-15/16 final and becoming one of only three teams in the country to reach the USSDA playoffs in every season since 2010-11 at both the U-15/16 and U-17/18 age groups.
Grande Sports Academy has developed a well-respected, award-winning, successful style of attractive and attacking soccer. This culture of success, professional atmosphere and approach to training and competition is what Grande Sports Academy coaches and players call learning to “play the championship way” and follow the club’s mantra: As One.