England to build national soccer center

England to build national soccer center

Published Nov. 18, 2010 7:46 p.m. ET

England's Football Association says construction of a national soccer center will begin in January, almost a decade after the plans were first unveiled.

The association announced Thursday that the $168 million training complex and academy will help develop young players. That comes a day after England was outplayed by France in a 2-1 exhibition loss.

The facility, which looks to emulate France's Clairefontaine complex, is expected to be completed midway through 2012.

St. George's Park in Burton-on-Trent in central England will have 12 fields - including one synthetic and indoor - plus sports medicine and sports science facilities.