Football on the Maldives
When the Maldives qualified for the final of the South Asian Football Federation Championship in Bangladesh (only to lose 5-3 to the hosts in the penalty shoot-out), the 280,000 inhabitants on the island were beside themselves with joy. Sixteen years after joining FIFA and six years after a 17-0 thrashing at the hands of Iran, the national team was given a rousing welcome of the kind reserved only for state visits when it landed back at the airport. Steady youth development work has formed a generation of evenly balanced, technically talented players. In the past few years, they have been working on every aspect of football development. Some of their activities include restructuring the association, appointing a national coach and technical manager, organising a referee coaching programme and a long-term training programme for coaches and courses as part of the International Olympic Committee's Olympic Solidarity.
Second Goal project
On 2 June 2009, the Goal Bureau approved the renovation of the artificial turf pitch that was installed in the summer of 2002. The pitch had to be replaced because it was showing signs of wear and tear as a result of heavy use. It was possible to lay a new pitch that met all of the requirements by using foundations directly alongside the existing pitch.
Use of FAP funds
Financing of Goal project
Replacement of the artificial turf pitch at the football centre in Male
Project approved on
2 June 2009 Status Implementation
Financed by
Goal USD 400,000 Total cost USD 400,000