Football in Senegal
Football in Senegal has experienced considerable growth in recent years. The domestic championship comprises three national divisions and competitions for women and youngsters in various age categories. In addition, cup competitions (senior, youth and women), a tournament for regional youth teams, and a regional U-15 championship are also organised. The Senegal national team has taken part in the final competition of the African Cup of Nations eight times (1965, 1968, 1986, 1990, 1992, 1994, 2000 and 2002) and reached the Final itself in 2002. Other notable successes include being voted African team of the year in 2002, reaching the quarter-finals of the 2002 FIFA World Cup Korea/ Japan? (in their first ever appearance at the final competition) and winning the FIFA/Coca-Cola World Ranking «Mover of the Year» award for 2002. Many players play for top European clubs. The best-known include El-Hadji Diouf (Liverpool, African Player of the Year 2001 and 2002), Tony Mario Sylva (AS Monaco, African Goalkeeper of the Year 2002) and Pape Bouba Diop (Lens).
The first Goal Project
The Goal Bureau approved the construction of headquarters for the national association in September 2002. The new building, paid for by Goal, was opened on 1st May 2006. The modern facilities will aid the efficient management of the entire administration, the preparation of new development programmes and the monitoring of new long-term planning initiatives that will benefit the ongoing restructuring and development of Senegalese football. The next project on the horizon was the construction of a technical centre, which would round off the necessary development infrastructure, for the time being at least. Following recent successes, work in technical areas must continue in a similar vein, since the expectations surrounding the Senegalese national association have increased in all quarters.
Use of FAP funds
Financing of Goal project
National association headquarters with facilities in Dakar
Project approved
September 2002
Opened on 1st May 2006
Financed by
Goal USD 400,000 Total cost USD 400,000