Football in Djibouti
90% of young people in Djibouti play football. There is therefore no doubt that the sport is easily the country's most popular. In 1998, the national association participated in the qualifying competitions for the African Cup of Nations and the FIFA World Cup? for the first time. A national championship, coordinated centrally by the national association, is in place at all levels.
The first Goal Project
At its meeting on 4 July 2001, the Goal Bureau approved a project to build headquarters for the association together with a technical centre and a new playing surface. Funds from Goal and the FIFA Financial Assistance Programme were used to finance the project, which was realised on land donated by the government. Officially opened by FIFA President Joseph S. Blatter on 20 July 2005, the centre will be the venue for all manner of football activities and serve as a meeting place for players, coaches, referees, officials and football fans. Young players will be the primary beneficiaries of the new facilities thanks to long-term youth development work. A youth football programme is currently being put together and will begin shortly.
Use of FAP funds
Financing of Goal project
National association headquarters, technical centre and pitches in Djibouti
Project approved
4 July 2001
Opened on 21 July 2005
Financed by
Goal USD 453,743 FAP USD 130,690 Total cost USD 584,433