Football in Libya
Most Libyans share a passion for football far greater than that for tennis and traditional Arab sports. The domestic league championship is extremely popular, but the country is not (yet) ready to challenge on the international scene. The situation in which Libya has found itself for many years could be attributed to the general isolation of the country. In recent years, however, this situation has improved and thereby opened new horizons for football in the process. Proof of this was Libya's second-ever appearance in the African Cup of Nations after an absence of 24 years 1982, Libya hosted the event and lost a penalty shootout against Ghana in the final). Since then, much has changed in Africa and some of the opponents who were once within touching distance are now part of the world elite. The Libyan government is a great supporter of football, calling upon famous coaches and experts to try and help the national team qualify for the 2002 FIFA World Cup?. Their efforts, however, were in vain. Nevertheless, a number of Libyan players have broken through onto the international stage, with Tarek El Taib and Gehad El Montasr, for example, plying their trade in Europe.
Goal project
On 15 March 2006, the Goal Bureau approved the construction of association headquarters in Tripoli. The modern facilities that this HQ will provide will help with the Libyan FA's current efforts to improve football in the country. The headquarters will also ensure that not only will the association have its own base, but it will also be in control of its own finances, which will in turn free up energy and space for further developments. It will be interesting to observe the effect that this new situation has on football in Libya, and whether the clear signs of progression become even more evident.
Use of FAP funds
Financing of Goal project
Headquarters in Tripoli
Project approved on
15 March 2006
Financed by
Goal USD 400,000 Total cost USD 400,000