Football in the Dominican Republic
Football is listed as the fourth most popular sport in the Dominican Republic, as athletics, volleyball and baseball are all currently more popular than our game. But in recent years, football has continued to gain in popularity, particularly among young people. However, no player from the Dominican Republic has earned a transfer to a professional league abroad. On a positive note, in 2001, the national association celebrated its first significant success, with the U-23 team winning the «Copa de Las Antillas».
The first Goal Project
FIFA vice-president Jack Warner opened the Dominican Republic FA's new centre for football development on 2 July 2003. The building can be found just outside the city of San Cristobal. The first phase, involving building offices for the national association and classrooms for the people attending the courses of the various training programmes, will be financed by the Goal Programme, with extra funds coming from the FIFA Financial Assistance Programme. In the second phase, due to be completed by the end of 2003, various technical facilities, such as playing pitches and accommodation for players and coaches, will be constructed. The government has also donated 25 acres of land as part of this project.
Use of FAP funds
Financing of Goal project
Centre for football development in San Cristobal
Project approved
4 March 2002
Opened on 2 July 2003
Financed by
Goal USD 400,000 FAP USD 30,922 Total cost USD 430,922