Football in Sri Lanka
Football is the second most popular sport in Sri Lanka behind cricket. In the city of Jaffna, a focal point for fighting during the civil war, the hosts met the Maldives in the so-called «Match for Peace». The fixture formed part of a four-nation tournament also involving Pakistan and Vietnam. In cooperation with the Ministry of Education and the Office for School Football, the Football Federation of Sri Lanka recently launched a development programme incorporating 428 schools across the nation. The national association has recruited 25 regional coordinators to monitor the project under the supervision of its Director of Youth Football. A recent 14-team women's football competition proved to be a great success. As a result, a squad of players was assembled for the women's national team. A team from Germany visited Sri Lanka and played several friendly matches against the home team. Two Sri Lankan players have since been invited to Germany for trials.
The first Goal Project
On 15 May 2001, FIFA President Joseph S. Blatter opened the association's new headquarters in Colombo, comprising state-of-the-art facilities, an auditorium, accommodation and a cafeteria. Youth teams, clubs, regional and national sides are reaping the rewards of the well-equipped complex. The project in Sri Lanka was one of the first to have been completed under Goal. Funds from Goal, the FIFA Financial Assistance Programme, the association itself and private patrons paid for the premises to be built on land donated by the government.
Use of FAP funds
Financing of Goal project
Multi-purpose association headquarters in Colombo
Project approved
4 July 2001
Opened on 15 May 2001
Financed by
Goal USD 400,000 NA/Others USD 151,000 Government Land Total cost USD 551,000