Ground will be broken in early May for the new Circle 10 Soccer complex on 22 acres at Hill Road and U.S. 278 in Powder Springs. An Olympic Gold Medalist in women’s soccer and FIFA’s Player of the Century in 2000, Michelle Akers (center with the medal) is the company’s founder. (Courtesy of FIFA.com/Getty Images)

Major soccer complex coming to Powder Springs

A major soccer complex will break ground in Powder Springs in early May.

The announcement was made during the March 18 meeting of the Powder Springs City Council by the city’s Development Authority (DAPS) Chair Murray Holman and the city’s former mayor and city manager Brad Hulsey, a paid consultant to DAPS from Municipal Advisory and Planning Solutions.

A $7.5 million to $10.5 million project, Circle 10 Soccer will be located on 22 acres at Hill Road and U.S. 278 on the northern side.

Known as the first woman’s soccer player to gain global fame, Michelle Akers is the company’s founder.

Akers’ college roommate, Stephanie Gabbert is the company’s chief financial officer.

During the March 18 meeting, Gabbert said at least 50 jobs should be generated.

The new soccer/sports complex will include two outdoor lighted turf fields, a walking trail, 350 parking spaces and a 40,000-square-foot building with a large indoor field, two futsal courts, a restaurant, a national-branded workout facility and a media room space.

Akers earned the first Olympic Gold Medal for the U.S. in women’s soccer in 1996.

The world governing body of soccer, FIFA named Akers the Player of the Century in 2000.

Due to injuries, Akers retired from international soccer just before the 2000 Olympics after a 15-year career with 105 goals in 153 games.

Besides soccer camps for children - scheduled for June 17-21 and July 8-12 this summer, Akers operates a horse rescue and outreach program and has a son Cody.

Information: 770-833-6232, MichelleAkers.org/soccer-career, MichelleAkers.org/SoccerCamp, soccer@Circle10Soccer.com

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