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).
Second Goal project
After revising the original project, on 21 March The Football Association of Thailand presented the Goal Bureau with plans for a new headquarters adjacent to the artificial turf pitch laid at the national training centre in Nongiok under the first project. The three-storey building will give the association autonomy and the necessary space for professional leadership and administrative structures.
Use of FAP funds
Financing of Goal project
Association headquarters in Nongiok
Project approved on
21 March 2007
Goal USD 400,000 Total cost USD 400,000