FIFA Goal Project
The FIFA GOAL Programme was initiated by the FIFA President, Joseph S. Blatter for the benefit of national associations, and ratified by the 1999 Extraordinary FIFA Congress in Los Angeles. GOAL is a tailor-made development and assistance programme designed to realise projects based on the specific needs of national associations.
For the Oceania region seven countries were selected by the FIFA GOAL Bureau to benefit from GOAL until 2002 with the projects supervised by the FIFA Development Office in Auckland in collaboration with the respective national associations.
Initially the national federations for Samoa and the Solomon Islands were selected as ‘pilot’ projects and each project was realized during 2001.
Following construction the benefits of the realized facility to the sport will be significant, with increased participation for boys and girls, men and women, increased competition opportunities at all levels, educational courses and hopefully a catalyst to assist in taking national teams to a competitive level in the Oceania region.
The FIFA GOAL Project is an initiative by FIFA to assist countries around the world to construct their very own “House of Football” and technical facilities for the development and continued progress of football activities.
Pago Park will see a major transformation with the construction of International standard football pitches, National Headquarters and a Technical Centre. This important project will be co-financed by FIFA, OFC and the National Association.
The project was finally completed in August 2007 with the the inauguration held on Saturday 17th August in the presence of the Governor of American Samoa Togiola Tulafono and OFC President Reynald Temarii who opened the facility on a bright sunny Pago Pago afternoon.
The GOAL Projects in each of the countries have been boosted by the OFC Infrastructure Grants programme that has enable each national association to enhance the scope of works and/or purchase land sites for GOAL. Without doubt the assistance of the Confederation has been significant and contributed enormously to achieve ‘top’ facilities for the countries.
A feature of the work undertaken by the development office in Auckland to assist the national associations to progress the GOAL projects from concepts to realization has been the outstanding cooperation and genuine assistance provided by the association’s executive and management at all times. Already the national associations have completed long-term development plans that will ensure optimum utilization and performance of the completed facilities.
For more detailed information on the Goal Project in American Samoa see the pdf attachment