’22 Years of History’ Paju NFC Era Ends… Now to Cheonan

Paju National Training Center (NFC), which was the home of the Korean national soccer team, left for history.

The Korea Football Association said on the 3rd, “The association workers who lived in Paju NFC moved all their work spaces to the soccer center in Jongno-gu, Seoul, as of January 2. This marks the end of the Paju era of the national soccer team, which has been around for 22 years since 2001.”

The Korea Football Association added, “The contractual use end date with Paju City is January 23rd, but employees have changed their workplaces in advance for a smooth start to the new year’s work.”

Paju NFC, whose official name is “National Football Center,” opened in November 2001. The establishment of a training site exclusively for the national team has been a long-cherished dream in the soccer community. It was also the result of the government’s acceptance of the Korea Football Association’s suggestion that a training site exclusively for the national team is necessary to achieve excellent results at the 2002 World Cup Korea-Japan, and the Paju City Government’s active cooperation.

Through this, Paju NFC was completed with six natural grass fields and one artificial grass field, as well as accommodations, restaurants, lecture rooms, fitness centers, and work spaces on a 110,000-square-meter site (34,000 pyeong) near Tongil Dongsan, Tanhyeon-myeon, Paju.랭크카지노도메인

Taegeuk Warriors, who trained and refined their skills in Paju NFC, which is equipped with the best facilities, have since achieved remarkable results, opening the golden era of Korean soccer. Paju NFC was behind the national team’s victory, including the 2002 Korea-Japan World Cup semifinal, the 2010 South Africa World Cup semifinal, the 2010 Women’s U17 Team’s first FIFA-hosted tournament, the 2012 London Olympics bronze medal, and the runner-up at the 2019 U20 World Cup.

In addition to training for the national soccer team, Paju NFC served as a venue for youth soccer competitions and was used as a space to train soccer personnel such as leaders and referees. Sometimes it was opened to ordinary citizens, providing soccer clubs and fans with an opportunity to experience the training space of the national team.

An official from the Korea Football Association said, “All of this was possible because Paju City provided the site ahead of the 2002 Korea-Japan World Cup. We thank Paju City for its support and cooperation in the development of Korean soccer.”

As the 22-year use contract between the Korea Football Association and Paju City ends in January 2024, the association will distribute and operate various functions that were made in Paju NFC on a transitional basis. The national team training at each level plans to use local governments and private facilities, including three soccer centers (Cheonan, Changwon, and Mokpo). The youth development is based in Mokpo, South Jeolla Province, and Changwon, South Gyeongsang Province, and the leadership education has already been operated since 2019, focusing on Yangsan, South Gyeongsang Province, so it is expected that the function will be carried out without a hitch until the “Korea Football Center” is established in Cheonan next year.

The Korea Football Center, which will become a new landmark of Korean soccer after leaving the “Paju NFC Era,” has a total size of 470,000 square meters, four times the size of Paju NFC. A total of 11 soccer fields, stadiums, lodging buildings, indoor soccer fields, soccer museums, gymnasiums and sports facilities will be built.

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