Football in Vanuatu
The success of technical development programmes and some impressive performances from the Vanuatu national team in international competitions have aroused public interest in the game of football in Vanuatu. This higher profile has also encouraged many sponsors to commit to joint projects. The Minister for Sport and Education has shown great faith in the work of the national association, and has helped to launch development programmes for women's football and futsal. In the last years, Vanuatu's national teams have enjoyed considerable success. While the senior team finished fourth in the Oceania Nations Cup 2002, both the U-17 and futsal teams were classed second in the respective 2002/2003 Oceania rankings.
Goal Football Project
The establishment of the Goal Football project series marks a new chapter in the history of the Goal Programme: for the first time, funds from this source will be used to specifically assist promising young players. Under the existing School Football Programme, Vanuatu offers its most talented players between the ages of 15 and 17 (36 young people per age category) a two-year training programme. As part of that programme, consideration is given to continuing school or vocational education. The goal, however, is to facilitate national team players' entry into professional football. These activities will make full use of the infrastructure of the technical centre in Teouma, Port Vila, built with funding from the Goal Programme.
Use of FAP funds
Goal Football project Long-term training of young players at the technical centre in Teouma, Port Vila
Project approved on
22 October 2008
Financed by
Goal USD 400,000 Total cost USD 400,000