Football in the Seychelles
Football is the most popular of the 29 sports officially registered with the Ministry of Sport in the Seychelles. The group of islands is home to 80,000 people. Despite this relatively small pool of potential players, the Seychelles Football Federation takes part in all FIFA and CAF endorsed competitions. During the qualifying competition for the African Cup of Nations 2004, the national team celebrated two impressive victories - against Eritrea and most notably Zimbabwe.
The first Goal Project
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.
Use of FAP funds
Financing of Goal project
Artificial turf pitches in Mahé
Project approved
4 March 2002
Opened on 19 February 2003
Financed by
Goal USD 400,000 FAP USD 48,800 Government Land Total cost USD 448,800