Football in Eritrea
After the game was introduced by Italian colonialists in 1930, football in Eritrea enjoyed its heyday during the 1970s, when around 155 teams took part in the national championship, which comprised three divisions and a youth competition. Eritrea has always had talented footballers and it is little wonder that in 1962, with the nation under Ethiopian control, 90% of the players in the Ethiopian squad that won the 3rd African Cup of Nations were of Eritrean origin. Following its independence in 1991, Eritrea immediately joined the regional and continental confederations. Each Eritrean national is obliged to carry out military service until the age of 40. In April 2002, the Eritrean military team won the football competition at the African Military Games in Nairobi (Kenya) and went on to represent Africa in the Military World Games in September 2003. Between 1994 and 2000, ten youth teams (boys' and girls' teams at U-11 and U-16 level) took part in the World Youth Games in Denmark, Sweden, Norway and Austria, winning a total of 24 trophies.
Second Goal project
On 15 March 2006, the Goal Bureau approved the construction of a national training centre in Asmara, where an artificial pitch had already been laid in the renovated Cicero Stadium as part of project 1. This centre is intended to be used to discover youngsters with talent and to train them to international level. The government has donated the necessary land. Goal is funding the entire project.
Use of FAP funds
Financing of Goal project
National training centre in Asmara
Project approved on
15 March 2006
Financed by
Goal USD 400,000 Total cost USD 400,000