Football Federation South Australia has opened a multi-purpose football facility and headquarters at Gepps Cross in Adelaide as part of a $30 million State Government investment in the State Sports Park.

The State Centre of Football has been built on a 15 hectare parcel of land located within the State Sports Park. It includes:

• 3 x synthetic pitches

• 1,000 seat grandstand for main pitch

• 2 x 200 seat grandstands for match pitches

• Administration buildings, media facilities and football museum

• Player and Referee Change Facilities and gymnasium

• Kiosk/cafe/bar facilities

• 10 x synthetic outdoor five-a-side pitches

• 3 x multi-use indoor futsal pitches

• Lighting, landscaping, fencing

The State Government provided $19 million toward the $26 million State Centre of Football, along with $7.7 million to redevelop the Super-drome, $2 million for a BMX training facility and $1 million to upgrade the State Hockey Centre.

As a result of the project, Fulham United FC will relocate to FFSA’s Adelaide Shores Football Centre to better cater for its 500 juniors.

Meanwhile, Adelaide Olympic FC will consolidate its operations including relocating their juniors to The Parks Football Centre.

FFSA will also establish a Multicultural Centre of Excellence and Leadership Program that will engage migrant youth in education through Football, leading to employment opportunities in coaching, refereeing, catering and facility maintenance.

Katrine Hildyard MP, Minister for Recreation, Sport and Racing, said:

I am thrilled about the opportunities the facility presents to make sport more accessible to more people. This is a world-class community sports hub which has been designed to support the growing popularity of football for many years to come.

I’m particularly excited about how the Centre will help grow female participation in the world game. Next year’s FIFA Women’s World Cup provides a once in a generation opportunity to leave a legacy for the sport in South Australia and for our community.

Having the Young Matildas and other international teams showcase their talent here will inspire girls and boys to pursue their sporting dreams.  And having this facility will enable more people to enjoy all of the benefits that sport brings – that wonderful sense of belonging and an opportunity to improve physical, mental and emotional health and wellbeing.

Michael Carter, chief executive officer, Football SA, added:

The State Centre of Football is a great example of a facility that is catering for the grassroots all the way to the elite level of the game. The football family have embraced the venue as have the wider community.

Officially opening the venue today is a major milestone and we are all very appreciative of the State Government’s commitment to the code.