International soccer’s governing body FIFA has provided funds worth $500,000 to build infrastructure to update a soccer academy in Pyongyang, a media outlet reported Thursday.
The International School of Football opened earlier this year and has been training North Korean youths between the ages of 6 and 13, according to a report by Radio Free Asia.
The Washington-based broadcaster said support was given as part of its “goal project” to help build football-related infrastructure in less affluent countries.
FIFA started providing support to the North from 2001 onwards, with around $2 million having been spent so far on six development projects.
Related to the school, North Korean media said its leader Kim Jong-un in June personally designated a name for the new facility that opened on May 31. (Yonhap News)