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.
Third Goal project
The Malta Football Association intends to step up its youth development work, and as part of those plans, the association applied to the Goal Bureau for a third Goal project to upgrade an existing youth training facility. This project should take a year to complete.
Use of FAP funds
Technical centre for youth football
Project approved on
22 October 2008
Financed by
Goal USD 400,000 Total cost USD 400,000