Football in Malta
Football is the most popular sport in Malta. 11,400 footballers (including 6,500 youth players and 200 women), 250 coaches and 206 referees (including 6 women referees) are registered with the Malta Football Association. After the opening of the national association's technical centre, a football school was set up in 1986 by Father Hilary Taglieferro. The most talented players in age groups from U-6 and U-14 are gathered together every year for training sessions with one full-time and six part-time coaches. The technical department falls directly under the responsibility of the national association's executive committee and is headed by Horst Heese of Germany. Four times a week, his compatriot and Malta national coach Sigfried Held assembles all the national team players not playing abroad for training sessions to supplement the coaching they receive with their clubs. Malta's most famous footballer, Carmel Buttusil of Sliema Wanderers, has made a record 113 appearances for his country.
Second Goal project
The second project that has been allocated to the Malta Football Association is for new headquarters to replace the existing ones in Valletta whose limited infrastructure has been unable to keep pace with the growing needs of a modern football administration. Acknowledging the association's requirements, on 15 March 2006, the Goal Bureau approved proposed plans for new headquarters to be built next to the national stadium in Ta'Qali, adding to the association's existing facilities on the site and thus creating a true "house of football".
Use of FAP funds
Financing of Goal project
Association headquarters in Ta'Qali
Project approved on
15 March 2006
Opened on 28 June 2007
Financed by
Goal USD 400,000 Total cost USD 400,000