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189 associations benefit from <i>Goal</i> - 31 new projects approved

A total of 189 associations are currently benefiting from FIFA's Goal development programme. At a meeting of the Goal Bureau in Zurich on 21 March under the chairmanship of FIFA Executive Committee member Mohamed bin Hammam (Qatar), it was announced that so far, 312 projects have already been completed or approved or are in the pipeline.

The Bureau also approved 31 new projects (association headquarters, technical centre and/or artificial turf pitches) in the following countries: Comoros, Indonesia, Montenegro - who will be admitted into full membership of world football's governing body at the 57th FIFA Congress in Zurich on 30-31 May 2007 - New Caledonia, Northern Ireland and United Arab Emirates (all first projects); Belarus, Burundi, Congo, Costa Rica, Côte d'Ivoire, Croatia, Egypt, Hungary, Liberia, Philippines, Swaziland, Tanzania, Thailand, Uganda, Vanuatu and Yemen (all second projects); Bahrain, Cape Verde Islands, Jordan, Korea DPR, Mongolia, Solomon Islands, Tahiti, Uruguay and Zambia (all 3rd projects).  

At the meeting, FIFA President Joseph S. Blatter explained that one of the main focuses of the third phase of Goal would be to ensure the maintenance of facilities. He also stressed the significance and importance of Goal and made reference to all that has been achieved so far. "Since it was launched in 1999, this initiative has helped to provide many associations with new facilities," said the FIFA President. "Goal has already achieved so much, and countless others will also benefit from this programme in the future."