Football in Nepal
Football is by far and away the number one sport in Nepal. In recent years, the All-Nepal Football Association has celebrated several memorable successes. In 1999, the senior national team won the silver medal at the 8th SAF Games Football Tournament in Nepal. The U-16 team reached the final competition of the Asian Youth U-16 Championship for the very first time when the event was held in Vietnam in 2000. Furthermore, a Nepalese team won the football competition at the AFC U-14 Youth Festival on home soil.
The first Goal Project
On 13 February 2001, the Goal Bureau approved the construction of three technical centres - in Bharatpur, Baghkhor and Mechinagar. The project is being financed by Goal and the FIFA Financial Assistance Programme, while the respective regional governments have donated the necessary plots of land. Construction work is still in progress but is due to be completed by the start of 2004. Young players should be the primary beneficiaries of the new facilities. The national association has already set up seven academies (for U-19, U-14, U-12 and U-10 players) with their activities thus far having centred on the Nepalese capital, Kathmandu. The new regional centres will allow the project to be extended across the nation. The national association's headquarters in Kathmandu, with its technical centre, playing field and player accommodation, was opened early in 2000 by the President of the Asian Football Confederation, Mohammed Bin Hammam. The project was financed by the FIFA Financial Assistance Programme. The facilities have made it possible for the national association to embark on its long-coveted objective of an ongoing youth development scheme. The complex also offers national association employees an optimal infrastructure to allow them to carry out their day-to-day tasks and coordinate football activities across Nepal.
Use of FAP funds
Financing of Goal project
Three regional technical centres in Bharatpur, Baghkhor and Mechinagar
Project approved
13 February 2001
Opened on 14 May 2005
Financed by
Goal USD 400,000 FAP USD 50,647 Government Land Total cost USD 450,647