Afghan football has been boosted by new headquarters, an indoor futsal hall and a beach soccer pitch thanks to FIFA’s Goal and Challenger programmes.

FIFA invested a total of USD 1,172,375 in the three projects, much to the delight of the Afghanistan Football Federation (AFF). “We thank FIFA for supporting and assisting football development in Afghanistan through various projects and programmes,” said AFF president Karim Keramuddin. “With great assistance from FIFA we are able to do various activities and develop infrastructure all across the country. What we have achieved in football in last three years would not have been possible without the assistance and support from FIFA.”

The headquarters, constructed within the AFF Complex in Kabul, can accommodate the entire administration, and is ready for use immediately.

Futsal is highly popular in Kabul, with over 400 teams, and now the AFF can host high-level competitions in a secure environment.

The beach soccer pitch, meanwhile, has a spectator tribune with a 300-person capacity. Afghanistan are the only team from the region that participates in beach soccer tournaments.