The first sods of grass were laid by Phuket FC chairman Pamuke Atchariyachai and Ron Van Oijen, CEO of AIA Thailand, which is sponsoring the new sports complex project.
Some of the Phuket FC footballers also got their hands dirty laying their new pitch.
The pitch has been under preparation since January, with a new European-standard fishbone drainage system being installed on the site.
The completed Sports Complex will include the new full-size practice pitch, a seven-player field, an indoor astroturf field, a football academy, camp accommodation for visiting athletes, a swimming pool, a fitness centre, and a physical therapy centre.
Chairman Pamuke said he was pleased Mr Oijen had joined the turf-laying ceremony – while Mr Oijen joked that he used to be a football player and would like to come and play on the new pitch when it is ready, in about three months.
The entire complex is expected to be completed within a year. It will serve as a practice field for the Islanders, and help cultivate sporting skills among young Phuket footballers.
Other football groups will be able to use the facilities for competitions, and members of the public will also be invited to join the sports complex.