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About us

We are a nonprofit 501 (c)(3) Tax Exempt,  Youth Soccer Development Academy in partnership with a Brazilian first division professional club Gremio FBPA from Porto Alegre, BRAZIL. It is one of the largest teams in Brazil with passionate fans and one the largest football teams worldwide. They are one of the most recognized youth Soccer Academies worldwide in youth players development. We are excited to bring the Brazilian methodology, the Brazilian way of play to the community of San Diego, California.  Our focus is on youth soccer player development from the Initiation soccer school to the highest level of the game offering a path to the professional level and international opportunities in Brazil such as scouting tours and opportunities to train with the Brazilian Club at the youth academy level located in Porto Alegre, Capital of Rio Grande do Sul, Southern State of Brazil.

 Our youth players will have the opportunity to participate in scouting trips and the possibility of joining the Brazilian Youth Academy. for a period of trainings and evaluation. 


We are Located in San Diego, California. United States Of America.

Our Philosophy

Although having a common goal in the development process our club adopts the athlete individualization as one of the basic principles of the player development.  Each player receives special attention according to their potential and points of improvement.  Our club develops the training process respecting some studied and well defined concepts by the professionals who coordinate the methodological application in the partnership with Gremio FPBA, Brazil.  

Gremio FC Youth Academy divides the soccer player development process between the soccer school and the youth teams in the formation and elite academy.  The two are parts of the same structure and communicate in a way that the player development process is interconnected.   Between tactical systems and characteristics of the game model our club will work in looking forward to develop the mental attributes that provide a better absorption of the concepts.  This includes making quick decisions and emotional intelligence of the players.  The club understands that the development of the mental capacity is a competitive differential in the current football scene and considers that this has always been a striving feature in the winning teams.  Gremio FC San Diego believes in a player development as the approach to build good soccer players and sportsmanship athletes into upstanding citizens.  

As we develop our young players and offer to them a pathway to the professional level of the game which we also leave them prepared for the collegiate level in case they choose it as well to the professional level.  Our players and teams are developed using the Brazilian training methodology of Gremio FPBA 1903, the club who formed Ronaldinho, one of the greatest players in the world.  We demand that our staff and teams work strongly with ball possession, quick transitions, making pressure in the ball zone, and being aggressive with and without the ball.  The players will graduate based on their hard work and capacity to eventually developing through the program year by year to a greater and high intensity level of tactical training and where the movement of the ball and decision making process turns extremely important.  Our players also will have great international opportunities due to our partnership with a Brazilian First Division Club which is one of the largest teams worldwide and most recognized youth soccer academy in player development.  The tactical systems used by our youth academy has variations.  Our club believes that the best game models to the player development pathway is the systems 4-2-3-1, 4-3-3, and 4-2-2.

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Executive & Technical Director 

Andre Kunz Sana
(858) 405-4772

Our President/Executive Director Andre Kunz Sana is a Brazilian native from Porto Alegre, Capital of Rio Grande Do Sul State of Southern Brazil.


Andre started playing the game at the age of 4 years old at Garotos de Ouro a Futsal Academy (Coach Bráulio). At the age of 6 he joined Ivo Wortmann Futebol Academy at Petrópolis club and 2 years later he joined Grêmio FBPA Youth Academy Soccer School where he was formed with complete foundation to play the game.

He also had a great coaching staff, Head Coach Luis Afonso Gomes at high school IPA   – Institute Porto Alegre, Brazil.

By the age of 17 Andre started training at São José Esporte Clube Juniores and after that he got an opportunity and went to play 2DIV in (Spain).

Andre Leads Gremio FC San Diego a 4 years, a totally different mentality of the game here but with great talented players all overs USA.

He is also the Scouting Coordinator & Recruitment of Gremio FBPA in United States of America and Mexico.

The Youth Soccer Academy he just started past September 2021 which is focused in soccer players development using the same methodology as the club partner Grêmio FBPA from Porto Alegre, Brazil.


Chief Financial Officer

Heidi McCarty

Heidi McCarty-Sana was born and raised in beautiful San Diego, California.  She started playing soccer at the young age of 4 and rapidly progressed to competitive soccer playing for Surf and the first ever woman’s team for the Nomads.  She also played for Torrey Pines High School Varsity Soccer where they won the CIF champions for all four years of her high school career.  After high school she has continued to be involved in the soccer community including coaching her own children and helping her husband with his soccer club.  She is very career oriented and brings her court reporting experience of ten plus years as well as her managing a construction company to Gremio as head of finances. 

Director of Technology / E-commerce

Willian Mendes
(619) 844-9641

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