Football in Iran
Iran rank among Asia's most prominent football nations. Their most recent successes include gold medals at the Asian Games Football Tournament in 1998 and 2002. They are supreme masters of the game of futsal, having won successive confederation championships between 1999 and 2002. It was therefore no surprise to see Iran as the only Asian team keeping abreast with the world's best at the FIFA Futsal World Championship in Guatemala in 2000. Several players switched to European clubs after the 1998 FIFA World Cup? - most of them to Germany. Ali Daei (Arminia Bielefeld, Bayern Munich and Hertha BSC), Mahdi Mahdavikia (VfL Bochum and Hamburger SV), Karim Bagheri (Arminia Bielefeld, then Charlton Athletic in England), Vahid Hashemian (VfL Bochum) and Khodaded Azizi (1. FC Cologne, then San José in the USA) have all helped to spread the reputation of Iranian football around the world.
The first Goal Project
While the Iran Football Federation has long been active in promoting youth football throughout the country, its efforts have often been impeded by a lack of essential infrastructure and know-how. The Goal-funded football school in Tehran, which includes an artificial surface for futsal and was built on land donated by the government, is the first sports centre of its kind in the country. It will serve as a model for other projects planned for other regions of Iran over the next few years. The centre opened on 17 December 2003.
Use of FAP funds
Financing of Goal project
National football academy in Tehran
Project approved
29 October 2001
Opened 17 December 2003
Financed by
Goal USD 400,000 Government USD 9,606 Total cost USD 409,606