Football in China
The fact that China qualified for the final competition of a FIFA World Cup? for the first time in 2002 is testimony to the progress that Chinese football has made in recent years. They have an organised professional league that arouses keen interest among top foreign players and coaches too. Football has long been the most popular sport throughout the country. China has been a powerhouse of women's football for many years. Their biggest triumphs so far have been silver medals at the Women's Olympic Football Tournament Atlanta 96 and at the FIFA Women's World Cup 1999 in the USA. In 1991, Sun Qingmei was voted the best player in the Women's World Cup and Sun Wen the female player of the century in the year 2000. After Korea/Japan 2002, many of their players left successfully for foreign shores.
The first Goal Project
The Goal Bureau designated China as a beneficiary of funds for a Goal project on 2 November 2002. In collaboration with the Development Office in Kuala Lumpur, the Chinese FA submitted plans for a project to build association head,which the Goal Bureau approved at its meeting on 15 October 2003. However due to landownership regulations, the CFA proposed to purchase two floors of an existing new building. The purchase was completed on 15 March 2006. The new headquarters will enable better coordination and administration of all football activities across the country. The Middle Kingdom has high hopes for its football association. With the senior national team having qualified for the 2002 FIFA World Cup Korea/Japan 2002TM, Chinese fans are now looking for further success from their Olympic team at the Beijing Olympics 2008. The Goal project will help the Chinese FA realise its long-term development plans in all aspects of football. The project will also make it possible for the management of the association to be restructured and the head count to be increased.
Use of FAP funds
Financing of Goal project
Association headquarters in Beijing
Project approved
15 October 2003
Opened on 22 September 2007
Financed by
Goal USD 400,000 FAP USD 955,000 Total cost USD 1,355,000