Football in Israel
Football is the most popular sport in Israel, a country with two professional leagues and famous teams such as Hapoel and Maccabi that are known the world over. In international football, Israel have caused many surprises, such as in the 1968 Olympic Football Tournament in Mexico for example, with only the luck of the draw preventing the Israelis from reaching the semi-finals (lots were drawn to separate teams at the end of matches). For political reasons, Israel is now a member of UEFA, but in 1964, Israel hosted and won the Asian Nations Cup. However, modern-day Israeli football has been deeply affected and restricted by a series of tragic events. Consequently, the Israel Football Association is determined to try and bring about an improvement in the situation ahead of the preliminary round for the next FIFA World Cup? in order to once again provide the football fans in Tel Aviv and Nazareth with football of the very highest quality. The Israel U-17 team that played at the 2002 UEFA U-17 European Championship also promises much for the future.
Third Goal project
With its second (and subsequently third) Goal project, The Israel Football Association hopes to provide several clubs with improved training facilities by laying artificial turf pitches. Given the special nature of the country's climate, an artificial turf pitch would significantly improve the infrastructure as it would mean that the quality of the pitch would remain constant throughout the year. The Goal Bureau gave the green light to these projects on 4 February 2008.
Use of FAP funds
Project
Artificial turf pitches for clubs
Project approved
4 February 2008
Status
Implementation
Financed by
Goal USD 400,000 Total cost USD 400,000
20.01.2009