The aim of the project was to create a new home for Football in South Australia, supporting Soccer, 5-a-side & Futsal.
Football Federation SA has received State Government funding to establish a State Centre of Football on 15ha of vacant land at the State Sports Park. The governing body believed the facility, which would be operational by 2020, would boost participation numbers beyond the 40,000 men, women and juniors who play the game in SA. It would also provide a venue for local club games, state development programs, and national and international tournaments, as well as school and community group use..
The ground would be capable of hosting men’s and women’s National Premier Leagues SA games and FFA Cup matches. It would also be compliant for W-League and National Youth League clashes and would be a potential training venue should Australia stage the 2023 Women’s World Cup. Three additional full-sized synthetic pitches, two with 200-seat stands, are also planned along with change rooms, a gymnasium and a football museum. An indoor futsal centre, with three courts suitable for hosting national championships, will be built at the complex, while FFSA will move its administration headquarters to the site. Carter said participation numbers would be boosted by the five-a-side pitches, which would host social competitions similar to popular centres interstate and overseas.