The new national training center for U.S. Soccer will be in Fayette County, Georgia, with more than a dozen fields and over 100,000 square feet of indoor courts for all 27 of U.S. Soccer National Teams, including Senior Women’s and Men’s, Youth and Extended National Teams.
The facility will serve as headquarters for the U.S. Soccer Federation. For players, the NTC will provide infrastructure for training, development, recovery and performance analysis. Initial design plans also include more than 200,000 square feet of high-performance facilities, locker rooms, meeting rooms and headquarters space for all U.S. Soccer employees.
“We’re proud to be building a home that will support the future of soccer in America,” said U.S. Soccer President Cindy Parlow Cone. “The National Training Center will help player development at the highest level and serve as a central destination to support and inspire players across the country as well as a hub of knowledge and resources for all our member organizations.”
The location was selected after looking at nine locations within the wider Metro Atlanta area. The commitment to build in the region was made possible by a $50 million contribution from Arthur Blank, the Home Depot co-founder and Atlanta United owner.
“Beyond its national importance, the National Training Center will be an institution firmly rooted in its community,” Cone said. “U.S. Soccer will work with local officials and corporate partners on the ground to engage the vibrant communities in Fayette County and the Metro Atlanta area to build new career pathways to sport, connect with fans and grow the soccer community.”
The National Training Center, which was announced in September, will cover more than 200 acres of land. The location offers accessibility and proximity to Atlanta’s major international airport as well as downtown, optimal climate for year-round programming and the ability to drive economic impact locally. The Coca-Cola Company, a founding partner of the NTC, played an important role in the location decision as well.
“Metro Atlanta is a vibrant and culturally diverse community that Coca-Cola has proudly called home for over a century,” said Bea Perez, senior vice president and chief communications, sustainability, and strategic partnerships officer, the Coca-Cola Company. “Our investment in the National Training Center exemplifies our company’s commitment to building a legacy for future generations and growing the sport.”