Efforts are being made to cement the already solid football foundations in Luxembourg.
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Building on the successes of the national youth academy, first launched in 2000/01, is a major strategic goal for the Luxembourg Football Federation (FLF). Improving the standards of its senior sides is quite a challenge in a nation of just over 600,000 inhabitants, but Luxembourg has a demonstrable passion for the game, with over 100 clubs and more than 45,000 registered players.
The men’s national team rose up the FIFA rankings from 142nd in 2001 to as high as 83rd in 2017, and players from the Grand Duchy are thriving abroad, playing professionally in Belgium, Denmark, France, Germany and even the United States. Ensuring that there are similar opportunities for future generations is an important part of the FLF’s work.
The FLF is also working to ensure that their female players get the chance to play at a high level. A senior national team has been playing games since 2006, but efforts are being made to form teams in under-age categories, with Luxembourg’s Under-17 women’s side making their debut in UEFA competition in 2021.
“I am convinced that with our know-how, passion and diligence, we will take our ambitious goals to new heights, achieve many things and transform hitherto untapped potential into future successes.”
Paul Philipp, FLF president
UEFA continues to support the FLF ’s work, as the association strives to improve its footballing infrastructure. In the past, UEFA HatTrick funding helped to supply equipment for youth development and enhance opportunities for young players, as well as to institute a national football day and a fair play trophy while, more recently, the focus has been on improving facilities at the national training centre in Mondercange, with current projects including laying a new air dome, new artificial pitches and renovating the floodlight system to provide all the FLF national teams with the best possible conditions for training.
National team history
Date of birth: 21 October 1950
Association president since: 2004
Date of birth: 31 July 1961
General secretary since: 1990