Liechtenstein’s Football Association (LFV) has taken a giant step along its five-year roadmap for improving technical standards in both the men’s and the women’s games with the launch of a state-of-the-art national training centre.
Funded in part by UEFA’s HatTrick development programme, which channels EURO revenue into football projects in all 55 of Europe’s associations, the new complex stands to benefit every member of the country’s football community – from local clubs to national teams.
Equipped with four pitches, multiple dressing rooms, a football skills arena and a beach soccer court, the Ruggell-based centre is a core component of Gemeinsam.2026 (Together.2026), the LFV’s football strategy, announced last month.
Vision Football Liechtenstein
The LFV strategy is the product of both an in-depth consultation process with key stakeholders – Vision Football Liechtenstein – and guidance from UEFA’s Grow programme, which offers strategic development services to member associations across a range of football management topics.
“The support we received from local clubs and the UEFA Grow and HatTrick programmes has been invaluable,” said Peter Jehle, general secretary of the LFV. “We are looking forward to continuing this journey together as we implement the many elements of our Gemeinsam.2026 strategy.
“We are certain it will help us positively shape the future of football over the next five years,” added Jehle.
Developing the game – to the power of five
Gemeinsam.2026 will develop the national game by focusing on five specific goals:
- Strengthening infrastructure, in particular, the creation of a national training centre;
- Supporting club development through closer cooperation with the LFV;
- Increasing participation thanks to positive football experiences and capitalising on the game’s influence and reach to address social issues;
- Ensuring the financial sustainability of women’s football by implementing a separate five-year strategy, Frauen am Ball 2026 (Women on the Ball).
- Guaranteeing more competitive football by adopting tried-and-tested European methods to nurture talented young players.