Football in Saudi Arabia
For several years now, Saudi Arabia has been one of the powerhouses of Asian football. On their FIFA World Cup debut in the USA in 1994, the Green Falcons caused quite a surprise when they beat Belgium and Morocco to qualify for the round of 16. They won against Belgium thanks to a goal by Saeed Al-Owairan, which to this day is one of the most memorable moments in World Cup history. However, after four qualifications in a row between 1994 and 2006, Saudi Arabia failed to qualify for the 2010 World Cup in South Africa.
The first Goal project
Having observed the increasingly regular use of artificial turf pitches during regional and continental tournaments in which it had participated, the Saudi Arabian Football Federation (SAFF) submitted a proposed project to the Goal Bureau on 1 December 2009 for the construction of three international standard artificial turf pitches. Thanks to these pitches, the SAFF will now be able to train the national teams on surfaces similar to those they play on during some international competitions.
Use of FAP funds
Financing of Goal project
Construction of three artificial turf pitches  
Project approved on
1 December 2009  
Financed by
Goal USD 400,000 FAP USD 425,000 Association USD 675,000 Total cost USD 1,500,000