Football in Samoa
Football still takes second place behind rugby in the popularity stakes but has gained ground over the past few years. It is especially popular with children and teenagers so the ranking is reversed in this age category. The Samoan women's national team won its first ever competitive match by beating the Cook Islands during the preliminary competition for the 2003 FIFA Women's World Cup. Tim Cahill has brought a dash of Samoan football to the English professional scene playing for Everton Football Club. The Samoa Football Federation has organised three regional qualifying tournaments for the FIFA World Cup? and Olympic Football Tournament since 1998. It is the best organised sports association in the country with a new technical director being appointed in 2002 who is responsible for training coaches and organising development programmes for youths and players.
The second Goal project
Football activity has intensified in Samoa ever since the Toleafoa J.S. Blatter football pitches were inaugurated in July 2002 as part of the first Goal project. Now one has erected a football complex around the pitches. The second project, approved by the Goal Bureau on 22 September 2004, comprises a building designed to house the association as well as to provide all kinds of football teaching facilities. The entire administration and training and development is conducted in the Samoa Football Soccer Federation's House of Football and it is hoped that this centralisation will induce an upswing in activity.
Use of FAP funds
Financing of Goal project
House of Football with headquarters and academy in Apia
Project approved
22 September 2004
Opened on 16 August 2005
Financed by
Goal USD 400,000 FAP USD 50,000 Total cost USD 450,000