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 second Goal project
On 3 December 2006, the Goal Bureau approved the construction of a training centre in Karachi, a much-needed facility that will provide Pakistani national teams at all levels with improved training facilities and more educational opportunities.
Use of FAP funds
Financing of Goal project
Training centre in Karachi
Project approved on
3 December 2006
Financed by
Goal USD 400,000 Total cost USD 400,000