Football in Thailand
Football is clearly the number one sport in Thailand and the national association can look back upon a number of success stories. In 2002, the national team qualified for the finals of the Asian qualifying round for the 2002 FIFA World Cup Korea/ Japan?, while in 1997 and 1999, the U-17 team reached the finals of the FIFA U-17 World Championship. Thailand also participated in the Olympic Games in 1956 (Melbourne) and 1968 (Mexico City). The following players and coaches have been instrumental in the development of Thai football: Chanvit Polchivin (currently national team coach), Withaya Loahakul (player for Gamba Osaka, Japan, Hertha Berlin, Germany, and now part of the national coaching set-up), Warawan Chitawanich (currently coach of the national U-17 team) and Piyapong Pue-on (Lucky Gold Star, South Korea, currently coach of the U-18 team).
The first Goal Project
In recent years, The Football Association of Thailand has been striving hard to develop football. It has built training centres in the provinces, introduced training programmes for referees and coaches and developed the domestic league championships even further. The association has also attached great importance to football at youth level, for both boys and girls, and to the women's game. On 22 September 2004, the Goal Bureau approved the construction of an international size artificial turf pitch as part of the training centre, which plays an important role in football activities at all levels. This project was inaugurated in the presence of FIFA President Joseph S. Blatter on 16 September 2009.
Use of FAP funds
Financing of Goal project
Artificial turf pitch at the technical centre in Nongiok, Bangkok
Project approved
22 September 2004
Opened on 16 September 2009
Financed by
Goal USD 400,000 FAP USD 60,000 Total cost USD 460,000