U.S. Soccer is very proud of the work we have done to develop soccer specific facilities in the United States. Modern, dedicated soccer facilities are crucial to bringing world-class soccer events to U.S. soil and for developing the sport at all levels from professional to adult to youth. Without Columbus Crew Stadium and The Home Depot Center, the U.S. would not have been able to serve as the emergency host of the FIFA Women's World Cup in 2003, when SARS forced the cancellation of the previously scheduled event in China.
Since 2000, U.S. Soccer has assisted in the development of two landmark stadium complexes that will continue to add to the sports long-term growth in the U.S.
What started as a vision in 1999 became a reality in 2003 when U.S. Soccerâ€™s National Training Center opened its doors in California. The NTC at the HDC is the future of the sport in the United States, a first-class facility that shows the integration of all the U.S. National Team programs, from the U-14 developmental camps straight through to the full men's and women's teams playing in front of big crowds in the main stadium. U.S. Soccerâ€™s financial commitment to develop its own National Training Center was just $6 million of the $140 million project.
The second complex â€“ a stadium with an adjacent 17-field youth and adult soccer facility and to which U.S. Soccer committed $5 million â€“ is in Frisco, Texas. Importantly, USSF financial commitments to these two facilities, though major budget items for the organization, are relatively small in comparison to the commitments of other organizations and are generating an increased investment in the sport of soccer in the United States.
The USSFâ€™s financial role in these two facilities is to help secure the broader capabilities at these facilities that will support the growth and development of youth and adult soccer leagues. True to our mission of developing the sport's long-term future in this country, these facilities not only help the professional game continue to grow, but also encourage support and build the programs necessary to develop the sport at all levels of soccer in the U.S.
Another added benefit of these investments is in the direct and favorable economic impact to the Federation in terms of discounted rental fees for use of facilities, and complimentary or discounted use of practice fields for the Federation's teams and its organization members
The Home Depot Center, Columbus Crew Stadium, the new Frisco facility and, the stadiums currently under construction or proposed in Chicago, Colorado, New Jersey, and Washington, D.C., give soccer room to grow in the U.S. To that end, U.S. Soccer has committed an additional $5 million as a future investment in some of these new facilities.
The U.S. Soccer Federation is proud that its player and facility development initiatives are building a future for the sport of soccer in the U.S.