Football on the Faroe Islands
Football is the most popular sport on the Faroe Islands, closely followed by handball, volleyball and rowing. 60% of those who play sport on the islands play football. A 1-0 victory over Austria on 12 September 1990 still ranks as the greatest day in the history of football on the islands, but the national team has also recorded a number of impressive results against higher-ranked teams, primarily on home soil. Five different institutions run football schools, attended by 1,000 children each year. Todi Jónsson is currently the most famous player from the Faroe Islands. He plays for FC Copenhagen (Denmark) and was the top scorer in the 2002/2003 season.
The Goal Project
On 20 August 2003 the national association headquarters in Tørshavn was officially opened on the occasion of the EURO 2004 qualifying match between the Faroe Islands and Iceland. The funds were supplied by Goal, the FIFA Financial Assistance Programme, national association and government, the latter also donating the land that was needed to realise the project. This building, which is adjacent to the national stadium, will bring together the administrative services, education staff and material management of the national association. It will also provide a central base for courses in development programmes, training camps of national/representative teams, conferences and meetings. The national association is supremely confident that this investment will have a positive effect upon football in general, and the country as a whole.
Use of FAP funds
Financing of Goal project
National association headquarters in Tørshavn
Project approved
4 July 2001
Opened on 20 August 2003
Financed by
Goal USD 400,000 FAP USD 350,000 NA USD 640,000 Others USD 651, 000 Total cost USD 2,041,000