April 5, 2013
A HOME IN KANSAS?
U.S. Soccer exploring new training center
KANSAS CITY, Kan.---Already the host to the Major League Soccer All Star game and a U.S. World Cup Qualifier, Kansas City is trying to land a U.S. Soccer National Training and Coaching Development Center.
Sporting Club, the parent of Sporting Kansas City and U.S. Soccer have agreed to a memorandum of understanding to jointly explore that possibility. Together they are studying a proposed project that would be designed to develop a world-class soccer training facility and serve as the premier destination in the United States for player, coaching and referee innovation.
The three initiatives of the National Training and Coaching Development Center would be world-class infrastructure, education and youth development. The mission is to vertically integrate a system of physiological, technical, scientific, psychological and information-driven development for players, coaches and referees of all ages.
The state-of-the-art campus would be designed, developed and operated as a world-class training facility dedicated to the future of American soccer. At a projected cost of $50 million, the National Training and Coaching Development Center would host U.S. National Team camps, coaching education and referee development programming.
U.S. Soccer will also explore the feasibility of establishing futsal and/or small-sided soccer programming to be managed out of the National Training and Coaching Development Center.
The first step in the realization of the National Training and Coaching Development Center is to identify a site. By Monday, Sporting Club will issue a Request for Proposals to Wyandotte County land owners and real estate brokers in an effort to help identify the best available location for the National Training and Coaching Development Center.