Football in Madagascar
Football is the top sport on the largest island in the Indian Ocean - with an area of 592,000 km2 and a population of 14.5 million (45% under the age of 20). The national association has 600 affiliated clubs and 16,000 registered players (including 800 women), all of whom are amateurs. On account of the distances involved, football championships are organised on a regional basis, with all of the winners contesting a final tournament in Antananarivo. Youth and women's football have enjoyed increased attention in recent times, with appropriate regional competitions already having been launched. In addition, youth teams across the country also play for the President's Cup and senior teams the National Cup. All football played in Madagascar is at amateur level. A small number of players have made the grade in foreign leagues, including Augustin Andriamiarinosy in Angola and Arsène Malabary with French club Lens. Retired top player Etienne Rasoaniaivo has seen three of his offspring make it into the Madagascar national team.
The first Goal Project
Madagascar was selected for one of the eleven pilot Goal projects. The association now has new headquarters and a technical centre will be built in Antananarivo. The costs will be covered by Goal, the FIFA Financial Assistance Programme and the French Government. The association hopes that the completion of these facilities will give a considerable boost to football in the nation. In view of the significant number of young people under the age of 20, youth development work plays an especially important role. Football is also becoming ever more popular with women and they too have explained their requirements. One important issue remains the development and training of specialists and the efficient handling of administrative work. Long-term planning should help to centralise various projects and thus consolidate coordination work.
Use of FAP funds
Financing of Goal project
National association headquarters and technical center in Antananarivo
Project approved
13 February 2001
Opened on 5 February 2005
Financed by
Goal USD 500,000 French government EUR 500,000 Total cost USD 1,000,000