Football in Afghanistan
Founded in 1933 and a FIFA affiliate since 1948, the Afghanistan Football Federation was one of the founder members of the Asian Football Confederation in 1954. The national team played its first match in 1941 and was last seen on the international stage in 1984 during the qualifying competition for the Asian Cup. The Russian invasion and later the Taliban regime made it impossible to keep football going at domestic and international level. Many players continued their careers in other countries. Only after the fall of the Taliban in 2002 could the football-mad nation contemplate a bright future once again. The national team made a comeback at interntional level in September 2002, taking part in the Asian Games football tournament in Busan. Although the teams results were disappointing, the players joy at returning to the football fold was very clear to see. And just a few months later at the SAFF Cup in Bangladesh, a significant improvement in standards was already discernible.
The Goal Project
In collaboration with FIFA, the AFC, and the German, English and Iranian FAs, the Afghanistan Football Federation has drawn up a long-term development plan for the rebuilding of the football set-up. The Goal Programme has contributed USD 610,000 for the construction of new headquarters for the national association and a new technical centre, the renovation of regional offices and laying a new artificial turf surface at the national stadium. It will be some time before the necessary infrastructure is in place and the administrative and technical organisation has been built. Nonetheless, football is already being played very actively. During its first inspection visit, FIFA presented 500 adidas/Goal footballs to the national association for use in youth football across all regions of the nation.
Use of FAP funds
Financing of Goal project
Association headquarters, training centre and football turf pitch in Kabul (Koshahal Mena)
Project approved
15 October 2003 and 22 October 2008
Financed by
Goal USD 1,000,000 FAP USD 209,827 Total cost USD 1,209,827