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."
Goal project
At its meeting on 7 November 2005, the Goal Bureau took note of the intentions of FIFA's newest member to significantly improve and bring more professionalism to their football activities. On 15 March 2006, the Timor-Leste football association presented a proposal for association headquarters and administrative facilities and conference rooms to the Goal Bureau. This project, which will signal the start of a comprehensive project to develop football in Timor-Leste, has been approved by the Goal Bureau. The entire budget will be covered by the contribution from the Goal Programme.
Use of FAP funds
Financing of Goal project
Association headquarters in Dili
Project approved on
15 March 2006
Financed by
Goal USD 400,000 Total cost USD 400,000