Asian countries approved for new GOAL projects

A total of 189 football associations are currently benefiting from FIFA's Goal development program. At a meeting of the Goal Bureau in Zurich on 21 March under the chairmanship of FIFA Executive Committee member and Asian Football Confederation President 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 new projects (association headquarters, technical centre and/or artificial turf pitches) in the following Asian countries: Indonesia and United Arab Emirates (first projects); Philippines and Thailand (second projects); Bahrain, Jordan, North Korea and Mongolia (third 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. Goal has already achieved so much, and countless others will also benefit from this programme in the future," he said.