Football in Estonia
Football continues to grow in popularity in Estonia, with the national association confident that the game will soon be the most popular sport in the country. Since the declaration of independence in 1992, the number of active footballers has tripled. The most famous player is Mart Poom, who currently plays for Sunderland FC in England.
The first Goal Project
On 15 October 2001, the Goal Bureau approved a financial contribution to a project laying a heated artificial pitch with floodlight installations within the technical centre in Lillekülä (near Tallinn). This new facility, which was inaugurated on 13 October 2003, will help the national association to increase its activities and shorten the long winter period, during which no football is played. The national association hopes that other regions will follow this example and construct similar facilities, which would help to boost football development nationwide.
Use of FAP funds
Financing of Goal project
Artificial pitch with floodlight installations and heating in Lilleküla, Tallinn
Project approved
15 October 2001
Opened on 13 October 2003
Financed by
Goal USD 400,000 NA USD 250,000 Total cost USD 650,000