Football in Cambodia
Football is without doubt the number one sport in Cambodia. The national team celebrated its greatest triumph in 1972 by reaching the semi-finals of the Asian Cup. Political problems in the country then prevented football from being developed properly. Commendable results achieved in the South East Asian Games in Jakarta in 1997 and at the Tiger Cup in Thailand in 2000 have raised hopes for a brighter future.
The first Goal Project
AFC President and Goal Bureau chairman Mohamed Bin Hammam inaugurated the new association headquarters and training centre in Phnom Penh on 15 January 2003. The complex, containing training pitches, lecture rooms, rooms for overnight stays and administrative quarters, will be the focal point of football in Cambodia. Association President Ravy Khek addressed his guests as follows at the opening ceremony: «The Cambodian association can now cope with its enormous challenges thanks to the new administration and training complex - that is, to develop football into a sport in which teamwork and mutual respect are basic values promoting the good of the game and the wellbeing of young people in Cambodia.» A new era has dawned in Cambodian football.
Use of FAP funds
Financing of Goal project
National association headquarters and training centre with pitch in Phnom Penh
Project approved
13 February 2001
Opened on 15 January 2003
Financed by
Goal USD 400,000 FAP USD 40,497 Total cost USD 440,797