Football in San Marino
San Marino, a European state similar in size to a tiny Caribbean island, has the distinct advantage of not having distance problems inland, while also being close to a number of other countries. The Federazione Sammarinese de Giuoco Calcio supervise 16 club teams, as well as five national teams that are active on the international stage. San Marino's neighbours across the border in Italy have also been keen to create a symbiosis by allowing youth teams (14 - 18-year-olds) to join their league system in a move that will undoubtedly prove to be mutually beneficial. It should therefore come as no surprise to learn that numerous San Marino players, such as Massimo Bonini (Juventus) and Marco Macina (Parma and AC Milan), have gained worldwide fame.
The first Goal project
At its meeting on 17 February 2004, the Goal Bureau added San Marino to the list of countries to receive a Goal project. After a lengthy evaluation process, the association proposed laying an artificial pitch to enable mainly youngsters to train all year round. This proposal was approved by the Goal Bureau in September 2005; the pitch at the Dogano technical centre was inaugurated by FIFA Executive Committee member and Chairman of the Goal Bureau Michel Platini on 27 September 2006.
Use of FAP funds
Financing of Goal project
Football pitch in San Marino
Project approved
16 September 2005
Opened on 27 September 2006
Financed by
Goal USD 400,000 Government USD 150,000 Total cost USD 550,000