Football in Latvia
In recent years, football has boomed in popularity in Latvia. However, football is still behind basketball and ice hockey in the nation's list of favourite sports. The national football league has three divisions, each with eight teams, while each team is obliged to have a youth structure in place for at least two age groups. There are youth competitions for all ages between U-10 and U-18. Futsal is extremely popular (18 teams in two leagues), whereas women's football has been slower to catch on. Latvia has not «exported» many players. Andrejs Stolcers (Fulham) and Marians Pahars (Southampton) are the most famous players to have earned a transfer to a European league. In recent years, the Latvian FA has laid used artificial turf pitches in each region of the country in an attempt to improve the grassroots.
Second Goal project
The second Goal project accorded to the Latvian Football Federation (LFF) will be beneficial to the LFF itself and its officials. Despite being located in the Daugava sport park, which is also home to Riga's central sports stadium, the LFF's existing headquarters no longer meet the requirements of a modern football administration. It was for this very reason that, on 15 March 2006, the Goal Bureau endorsed a proposed project to build new headquarters with modern, functional facilities that will help to improve the coordination and development of football across the nation.
Use of FAP funds
Financing of Goal project
Association headquarters in Riga
Project approved on
15 March 2006
Financed by
Goal USD 400,000 Total cost USD 400,000