Football in Guatemala
As in the rest of Central America, football is the most popular sport in Guatemala too. The biggest competition to have been organised in Guatemala so far was the FIFA Futsal World Championship. Otherwise the association has not yet managed to qualify for the final round of a FIFA competition. Few Guatemalan players have made it to foreign shores. Carlos Ruiz and Freddy Garcia (both playing in Mexico) and Guillermo Ramirez (in Spain) are two exceptions to the rule. Ruiz is the idol of young Guatemalan football fans. In his very first season playing for Major League Soccer in the USA, he was voted the Most Valuable Player.
Third Goal project
On 2 June 2009, the third Goal project in Guatemala was launched. The Guatemalan Football Association planned a series of improvements to the centre constructed under the first two phases of the Goal Programme in Guatemala City to convert it into an efficient and modern centre. The new classrooms, maintenance rooms, various equipment and floodlighting for the pitch have all contributed to improving the overall capacity of the centre in terms of training, hosting players and training schedules.
Use of FAP funds
Extension of infrastructure at the national technical centre in Guatemala City
Project approved on
2 June 2009
Financed by
Goal USD 400,000 Total cost USD 400,000