Football in Papua New Guinea
Football is also enjoying a boom among young boys and girls in Papua New Guinea. No other sport enjoys such a huge following. Although rugby league (the national team is known as the Pumas) is regarded as the leading sport in some regions, it is nowhere near as popular as football.
The first Goal Project
There are, as yet, no success stories to report from the Pacific island, but the locals are pinning high hopes on the training centre opened by OFC President Basil Scarsella on 24 May 2002 with the help of Goal and the Financial Assistance Programme. «For the first time in its history, the national association can now hold training and promotional courses for all categories of football under one roof,»declared a contented association president, Madiu K. Andrew, during his opening address. Its geographical location and a dearth of good roads render transport difficult and consequently obstruct football activities. Now the sports complex offers training and promotional facilities for all football categories in a central location. The focus is on youth and women's football, training camps for national teams in various age categories before international competitions and for courses in a range of areas. The sports complex incorporates the offices for Papua New Guinea's football administration.
Use of FAP funds
Financing of Goal project
National association headquarters and national training centre with two pitches in Lae, Morobe Province
Project approved
29 October 2001
Building opened on 24 May 2003
Financed by
Goal USD 400,000 FAP USD 200,000 Total cost USD 600,000