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.