Football in Kyrgyzstan
Football is the most popular sport in Kyrgyzstan, a country that gained independence in 1991. The national association takes part in all FIFA and AFC competitions at senior and youth level. While funds are limited, costs for travel and accommodation for international matches are prohibitively high. It is therefore extremely difficult for the national teams to gain experience, apart from in official competitions.
The first Goal Project
A project approved by the Goal Bureau on 13 February 2001, the artificial turf pitch in Bishkek was officially opened in September 2004 during a ceremony attended by the FIFA President and the chairman of the Goal Bureau. The pitch is the first of its kind in the whole country and gives a huge boost to the association, which will be able to use it to compensate for the lack of suitable facilities around the country. While this new pitch is a welcome addition for Kyrgyzstan's national teams, it is also a boon for youth development work, as the most talented footballers in each age category can use the surface for get-togethers.  
Use of FAP funds
Financing of Goal project
Artificial pitch in Bishkek
Project approved
13 February 2001
Opened on 16 September 2004
Financed by
Goal USD 400,000 FAP USD 22,145 Government Land Total cost USD 422,145