Football in American Samoa
Football and rugby are the two most popular sports in American Samoa. The Football Federation of American Samoa is the only sports organisation that organises tournaments for teenagers and schoolchildren. Two full-time coaches are responsible for the overall promotion of football and they also hold courses for other groups and clubs that show interest. The number of mens and womens teams has grown steadily over the past few years. American Samoa experienced their first success when an international match was played on home ground for the first time. The national youth team managed a draw against opponents of the same age from the Cook Islands during the qualifiers for the U-17 confederation championship in Pago Pago in 2002.
The Goal Project
At a meeting on 1 May 2003, the Goal Bureau approved the construction of a combined training centre and national association headquarters as well as playing fields in Pago Pago, the costs of which were borne by Goal, the FIFA Financial Assistance Programme and the Oceania Football Confederation. It is thanks to these buildings that the association now has its own amenities and will no longer be forced to postpone national league matches through lack of available football pitches. Apart from new competitions and basic training courses for youths, the promotion of womens football is also in the pipeline. Goal will enable the association officials to carry out their day-to-day work, the centre provides ideal conditions for preparing the national teams and conducting training programmes on a variety of topics.
Use of FAP funds
Financing of Goal project
Training centre with grass pitches and integrated association headquaters in Pago Pago
Project approved
1 May 2003
Opened on 18 August 2007
Financed by
Goal USD 400,000 FAP USD 250,000 Association USD 98,700 Confederation USD 118,000 Total cost USD 866,700