In the 1970s, Myanmar
was one of Asia's leading football nations. Gold medals at football tournaments in the Asian Games (1966 and 1970) and the South Asian Games in 1965, 1967, 1969, 1971 and 1973 as well as second place in the 1968 Asian Cup are the highpoints in the country formerly known as Burma. Myanmar
also won the Fair Play Prize at the 1972 Olympic Games. Many former national players are now working to rebuild football in the country. An extensive youth programme has already been set up and a football academy to train young players is being planned. Both projects have the support of the Government.