Football in Myanmar
In the 1970s, Myanmar was one of Asia's leading football nations. Gold medals at football tournaments in the Asian Games (1966 and 1970) and the South Asian Games in 1965, 1967, 1969, 1971 and 1973 as well as second place in the 1968 Asian Cup are the highpoints in the country formerly known as Burma. Myanmar also won the Fair Play Prize at the 1972 Olympic Games. Many former national players are now working to rebuild football in the country. An extensive youth programme has already been set up and a football academy to train young players is being planned. Both projects have the support of the Government.
The first Goal Project
The multipurpose centre was opened by Mohamed Bin Hammam, AFC President and chairman of the Goal Bureau, on 23 May 2003. Funds from Goal and the FIFA Financial Assistance Programme financed the project on land donated by the Government. Courses are held to train coaches, referees and administrators and training camps for the various national teams in Myanmar. The centre incorporates the association headquarters. This enables day-to-day administrative business to be conducted smoothly. «The Goal project has built a bridge between top-flight football and the grass roots - a bridge that has been missing for the past 25 years. No doubt this will act as a catalyst for youth football,» commented association President U Thaung Htike with a smile when the centre opened its doors for the first time.
Use of FAP funds
Financing of Goal project
Technical centre with two training pitches and one pitch for competitive football in Mandalay
29 October 2001
Opened on 23 May 2003
Goal USD 400,000 FAP USD 338,800 Total cost USD 738,800