On 19 February 2003, Mohamed Bin Hammam - President of the Asian Football Confederation and chairman of the Goal Bureau - officially opened the Goal project, comprising two artificial turf pitches (one main pitch and one training field) on the island of Mahé. Funds from Goal and the FIFA Financial Assistance Programme paid for the premises to be built on land donated by the government. The FIFA Financial Assistance Programme had already funded new floodlighting installations and the launch of a youth development scheme. Foundations have thus been laid for the future of football in the Seychelles
. In addition to youth coaching, there are also national team get-togethers, education and development courses, and school football activities.