Football in Guam
Football is struggling to make an impression on this tiny Pacific island. The influence of the USA has pushed basketball and American football into the top spots and they are hard to compete with. However, Guam can be proud of their achievements in women's football. In 2001, they beat Singapore in a friendly match and Hong Kong in the qualifying round of the Asian confederation championships. In 2003, they won the silver medals at the South Pacific Games in Fiji.
The first Goal Project
A new football pitch was laid in Dededo using funds from the FIFA Financial Assistance Programme (FAP). At its meeting on 1 May 2003, the Goal Bureau approved a project to install floodlighting and build dressing rooms and new association headquarters on the same site.Floodlights are essential in Guam because all of the nation's players are amateurs who can only train and play matches in the evening. Since joining FIFA, the association's officials on the island have become very active, but many inspired projects failed to mature because of a lack of facilities. With the help of land donated by the government and funds from Goal and FAP, facilities are now in place to enable the Guam Football Association to realise its promising ideas.
Use of FAP funds
Financing of Goal project
Association headquarters in Dededo, training facilities and floodlighting installations
Project approved
1 May 2003
Opened on 7 May 2005
Financed by
Goal USD 400,000 FAP USD 150,000 Total cost USD 550,000