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.