32 new Goal 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, it was announced that so far, 312 projects had already been completed or approved or were 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 – the latter applying for full membership of world football’s governing body at the 57th FIFA Congress in Zurich on 30-31 May – New Caledonia, Northern Ireland and United Arab Emirates (all 1st projects); Belarus, Burundi, Congo, Costa Rica, Cote d’Ivoire, Croatia, Egypt, Hungary, Liberia, Philippines, Swaziland, Tanzania, Thailand, Uganda, Vanuatu and Yemen (all 2nd 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 to all that had 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.”