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Head coach: Jang Jung
Home stadium: Sugathadasa Stadium, Kalutara Stadium
Football is the second most popular sport in Sri Lanka behind cricket. In the city of Jaffna, a focal point for fighting during the civil war, the hosts met the Maldives in the so-called "Match for Peace". The fixture formed part of a four-nation tournament also involving Pakistan and Vietnam. In cooperation with the Ministry of Education and the Office for School Football, the Football Federation of Sri Lankarecently launched a development programme incorporating 428 schools across the nation. The national association has recruited 25 regional coordinators to monitor the project under the supervision of its Director of Youth Football. A recent 14-team women's football competition proved to be a great success. As a result, a squad of players was assembled for the women's national team. A team from Germany visited Sri Lanka and played several friendly matches against the home team. Two Sri Lankan players have since been invited to Germany for trials.
After completion of the first Goal project, comprising a multifunctional complex in Colombo which also houses the association, the Sri Lanka FA proposed a second project that was approved by the Goal Bureau on 15 October 2003. A national training centre in the future administrative capital, Sri Jayawardanapura Baddegana, will, above all, help to develop youth football on the island. The municipal authorities were providing the land for the training centre, which can accommodate 60 people.
AFC World Cup Qualifiers
The Asian Football Confederation (AFC) is the governing body of association football in Asia. It has 46 member countries, mostly located on the Asian continent. Due to the disputed boundary of Europe and Asia, transcontinental nations such as Turkey and Russia are instead in the UEFA, whereas countries such as Kazakhstan, Azerbaijan, Armenia, Georgia and Israel are entirely in Asia (Central or Western Asia) and still members of the UEFA. On the other hand, Australia, formerly in the OFC, has been in the AFC since 2006, in the same way as the Oceanian nations of Guam and Northern Mariana Islands, which are also members of AFC.