Football in Equatorial Guinea
Despite disappointing results in the past, the number of football fans in Equatorial Guinea remains very high. The sport that was introduced during the period of Spanish colonialism has become a tradition and enjoys unbounded popularity in the nation. The league championship is organised on a national and regional level and is split into a first (17 teams), second and third division, in addition to a womens national competition. Although Equatorial Guinea is still awaiting its first major footballing success, its national teams already compete in all FIFA and CAF championships. For the time being, victories over the Central African Republic at the UNIFFAC Cup in Libreville are the nations most notable achievements.
Second Goal project
The training centre in the capital, Malabo, is to be complemented with an annexe in the provinces according to the project approved by the Goal Bureau on 15 March 2006. The technical centre in Bata is intended to discover young talent and train them to international standards. Regional association headquarters are also housed in the same building. The entire project is being financed by Goal whereas the land has been donated by the government. The maintenance costs will be borne by annual funding from the FIFA Financial Assistance Programme.
Use of FAP funds from 2001 to June 2003
Financing of Goal project
Project
Regional technical centre in Bata  
Project approved on
15 March 2006  
Status
Implementation
Total cost
USD 400,000   Financed by
Goal
USD 400,000
Other FIFA development activities
1995, 1999
Futuro courses
1993, 1994, 1999
Olympic Solidarity courses
1998
Referees' course
22.06.2006