Metro Atlanta the Center of Gravity for American Soccer

July 9, 2024

The region’s growing enthusiasm for soccer has led to investments in facilities and global tournaments.

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The momentum for American soccer is rapidly building in metro Atlanta. The region is already home to the 2018 MLS champions, Atlanta United, as well as the future home of the next generation of American soccer athletes and the host city for numerous global tournaments.

Earlier this year, U.S. Soccer Federation broke ground on its training facility and headquarters in Fayette County, just south of the city of Atlanta and near Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport. The one-of-the-kind venue will not only train the next generation of athletes but also accelerate the growth of soccer in this country. Players, coaches, and fans know the future of American soccer is bright.

Mercedes-Benz Stadium continues to host significant soccer events this year. The SheBelieves Cup and the opening Copa América matches welcomed record-breaking numbers of international and national fans to the stadium this spring and summer. At the end of July, English powerhouse Chelsea expects to do the same.

So far, we’ve only witnessed a glimpse of what’s to come when the FIFA World Cup brings eight matches, including a semifinal, to downtown Atlanta in two years. Atlanta is one of 16 cities to host eight of the 104 matches to be played across the United States, Canada, and Mexico, making it the largest FIFA World Cup in history. There is a new center of gravity for American soccer right here in metro Atlanta.