Football in Timor-Leste
Football's omnipresence in Timor-Leste is a sign of the Portuguese influences in the country. The president of the republic, Xanana Gusmão, was also a goalkeeper. His passion for Benfica followed him to the capital, Dili, as many clubs in Timor-Leste are named after clubs in Portugal such as Benfica, Sporting etc.  "In my country, there's nothing but football," says Francisco Kalbualdi, president of the Timor-Leste football association. "Although there are around 200 clubs in Timor-Leste, only a few are capable of challenging. The best 18 teams play off in pre-season to determine the eight who will compete in the top division."
Second Goal project
Football on Timor-Leste continues to develop encouragingly. In addition to a well-run administration, housed in the association's headquarters in Dili, the increasing growth of football on the island means the association would like to have its own training centre with accommodation, seminar rooms, a cafeteria and fitness centre. This was the aim of the project that the Timor-Leste Football Association submitted to the Goal Bureau, which was approved on 2 June 2009.
Use of FAP funds
Project
Technical centre near the existing association headquarters in Dili
Project approved on
2 June 2009 Status Implementation
Financed by
Goal USD 400,000 Total cost USD 400,000
03.11.2009