Football in Syria
Football is by far and away the number one sport in Syria. In 1987, the national team won the Gold medal at the Mediterranean Games Football Tournament in Latakia (Syria). The Syrians qualified for the FIFA World Youth Championship in 1989, 1991 and 1995, achieving a best finish of sixth place in Portugal in 1991. Firas Al-Khatib is currently the latest in a succession of well-known players. The talented youngster is seen as a future star of Syrian football.
The first Goal Project
On 4 March 2002, the Goal Bureau endorsed a project in Syria. A ceremony on 23 September 2002 saw the first turf cut to herald the start of construction of the national association headquarters with office space, a fitness centre with sauna, an auditorium and meeting rooms. The project has been financed by Goal and the FIFA Financial Assistance Programme. The government donated the land on which the centre has been built. The new headquarters make it possible to coordinate and implement the recently introduced long-term development plans. The Goal project is of paramount importance to football in Syria, as it will provide the requisite structures for national football at all levels.
Use of FAP funds
Financing of Goal project
National association headquarters and auditorium in Damascus
Project approved
4 March 2002
Opened on 21 March 2006
Financed by
Goal USD 400,000 FAP USD 120,000 Government Land Total cost USD 520,000