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- US Soccer have previously opened training facilities in California and Kansas
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USA Soccer will be opening its new ‘National Training Center’ in Fayette County, Georgia, the federation announced on Thursday.
The facility, which will be opened to hone national soccer talent in all levels, will be built on a 200-acre property in the town of Trilith, a suburb of Atlanta. The location was selected after the USA Soccer robustly looked at nine different settings in the Metro Atlanta area.
The facility will also house the headquarters for the US Soccer Federation and become central hub for the members of the community, including coaches and referees. The training center will feature best-in-class training, technology and infrastructure to promote successful and sustainable environments for elite training, recovery and performance analysis.
Bringing the facility to Georgia was made possible by a $50million donation from businessman and Atlanta United owner Arthur M. Blank.
‘We could not be more thrilled that America’s very best soccer players will be training here in metro Atlanta,’ Blank said on Thursday.
US Soccer announced that it will open a new National Training Center in Fayette County, GA
Atlanta United owner and businessman Arthur M. Blank donated $50million to the project
‘Today’s announcement of the location for the new National Training Center will go down as another historic milestone in the rich sports history of this region and our state,’ Blank added. ‘I think the site is going to be terrific for US Soccer and the thousands of players, coaches and staff who will benefit from this investment for decades to come.’
Coca-Cola will also be a founding partner of the National Training Center.
The facility is one of the first fruits from of long-term partnership agreement between Coca-Cola and US Soccer in July. The two entities joined forces to support the game’s all-around development in the States.
‘Our investment in the National Training Center exemplifies our company’s commitment to building a legacy for future generations and growing the sport,’ said Coca-Cola’s SVP and Chief of Communications Bea Perez, after complementing Metro Atlanta’s vibrant and diverse community.
Metro Atlanta is a hotbed for soccer talent and has produced national team players such as Kelley O’Hara and Emily Sonnett.
The initial plans for the training center include over a dozen of soccer fields and 100,000 square feet of indoor courts. The facility will be available for all 27 US Soccer National teams, including Senior Women’s and Men’s, youth and Extended teams.
US Soccer have previously opened training centers in Carson, California and Kansas City, Kansas. Meanwhile, the headquarters for the federation went from New York to Colorado Springs before residing in Chicago in 1991.
A target date for the facility to open its doors is yet to be announced.