Inaugurated on 8 May 2002 by Mohamed Bin Hammam, President of the Asian Football Confederation and chairman of the Goal Bureau, the training centre in Vientiane, with rooms for overnight stays and two football pitches, can be used in a variety of ways - as a training ground for national teams or a venue for courses and seminars or a sports medical centre. It will form the hub of long-term plans to develop football in all of its facets. The project was financed chiefly by Goal and the FIFA Financial Assistance Programme. The national association also contributed to its realisation with a hefty injection of funds. The land was supplied by the government, which is kindly disposed to sport, and especially football, and gives the national association's activities staunch backing.