Football in Pakistan
After cricket and hockey, football is the third most popular sport in Pakistan. The Pakistan national team recorded its most notable successes in 1989 and 1991, by winning the football tournament at the SAF Games, thanks to wins over Bangladesh (1-0) and the Maldives (2-0) in the respective Finals. The Pakistan Football Federation also made waves at youth level by winning a qualifying tournament for the Asian U-19 Championship in Sri Lanka in 2000. In 2001, the Pakistan senior team travelled to England to gain international experience in matches against English clubs. In January 2003, Sarfraz Rasool, who plays for KRL in Karachi, was named Asian Football Confederation Player of the Month. The national association is currently running various youth programmes. An academy for the most talented local players at U-14 level opened earlier this year in Karachi. Training camps for U-16 players were held for the first time in Lahore and Peshawar in March and August 2002 respectively.
The first Goal Project
A technical centre and headquarters for the association are being built in Lahore as part of the Goal Programme. The Goal Bureau approved the project at its meeting on 4 March 2002. Construction work is now underway as the Pakistani Government has approved the project and the Lahore municipal authorities have donated the required land. The cost of the project has been covered by funds from Goal and the FIFA Financial Assistance Programme, as well as by donations from the association and individual sponsors. The foundation stone was laid on 9 January 2004, and the new centre will boast the following facilities: offices for the entire administrative staff of the association, an indoor training hall, a library, dressing rooms, a meeting room for players and coaches, accommodation for 55 players, four coaches and two officials, and a training pitch to be used exclusively for football (and not for other popular sports such as cricket and hockey). The new facilities will primarily be used for training camps for national teams, as well as for courses for coaches, referees, officials and sports medics, youth camps for boys and girls, and administrative work.
Use of FAP funds
Financing of Goal project
Association headquarters and technical centre in Lahore
Project approved
4 March 2002
Financed by
Goal USD 400,000 FAP USD 60,000 MA/Sponsors USD 52,608 Total cost USD 512,608