Football in Northern Ireland
Football is Northern Ireland's favourite sport, but the national team has not enjoyed success for many years now. At the FIFA World Cup in 1958 and 1982, Northern Ireland finished in 8th and 9th position respectively, but they last qualified for the finals in 1986, finishing in 21st place. It is perhaps therefore no surprise that to find the greatest names in Northern Irish footballing history, one has to look at the country's past. William McCrum introduced the penalty kick to the Laws of the Game, while Billy Bingham achieved world fame as a player and later coached the Northern Irish national team for many years. George Best was one of the most enigmatic footballers ever seen by the footballing world, and Norman Whiteside became the youngest ever player in FIFA World Cup finals history when he appeared at the age of 17. The Irish Football Association - the world's fourth oldest football association - celebrated its 125th anniversary in 2005.
The Goal project
As the original project submitted on 1 May 2003 was not realised, the Northern Ireland association proposed an alternative to the Goal Bureau on 21 March 2007. An international-sized artificial pitch will now be laid to fulfil the aim of maintaining the same training conditions throughout the year for the Londonderry football academy. The pitch will form part of the training complex to be built under the auspices of the municipal council.
Use of FAP funds
Financing of Goal project
Project
An artificial pitch for the regional football academy in Londonderry
Project approved on
21 March 2007
Status
Implementation
Total cost
USD 400,000 Financed by
Goal
USD 400,000
20.01.2009