Fatorda Stadium

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Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium
The Fatorda
Fatorda Stadium.jpg
South side of the stadium
Location Don Bosco Road, Fatorda, Margao, Goa
Coordinates 15°17′21″N 73°57′44″E / 15.28917°N 73.96222°E / 15.28917; 73.96222Coordinates: 15°17′21″N 73°57′44″E / 15.28917°N 73.96222°E / 15.28917; 73.96222
Owner Sports Authority of Goa
Capacity 25,000 [18,600 for ISL matches (all-seater)][1]
Field size 106m x 70m
Surface Grass
Opened 1989
Renovated 2014

The Fatorda (Konkani: फातोर्डा स्टेडियम), officially known as the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium, is a multi-purpose stadium situated in Margao, Goa. The venue has been used to host both international football as well as cricket matches. It is Goa's only international stadium and has a seating capacity of 19,000 people. It has hosted 9 ODIs. The venue was established in 1989 and is owned and operated by the Sports Authority of Goa. It is the currently the home stadium of FC Goa.



Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium, Fatorda was built in a record 6 months time by the then Sports Minister Monte (D') Cruz. It was opened in 1989 as a football only stadium but in less than a year was redeveloped to include cricket. On 25 October 1989 the first cricket ODI was played between Australia and Sri Lanka.

Football clubs using the stadium[edit]

In 2006, before the 2007–08 I-League, all four Goan clubs (Dempo S.C., Churchill Brothers S.C., Salgaocar S.C., and Sporting Clube de Goa) announced that The Fatorda would be used as the home for all four teams' I-League matches. In 2014 Indian Super League club FC Goa announced it as their home ground.


In 2014 it was upgraded according to the latest FIFA specifications. It is designed with a 19,000 seating capacity. With a roof covering 100 percent of the seating area, fans enjoy wide, comfortable seats with ample spacing between them. The stadium complex provides two levels of fans seating arrangement along with a VVIP area, which provides the ultimate setting for interacting with guests and enjoying football while indulging in the comfort of this private environment. Facilities include HD compliant arena lighting, natural turf, broadcast room, TV studio, player dressing rooms, match delegates area, doping control rooms, medical rooms for players and spectators, VIP Lounge, corporate boxes, media tribune and media working stations, press conference area, mixed zone area, CCTV cameras, a swimming pool, multipurpose gymnasium and parking facilities. It is regarded

as one of the most well maintained football grounds in the Indian subcontinent.[2]

A panoramic photograph of the stadium

International cricket five-wicket hauls[edit]


Symbol Meaning
dagger The bowler was man of the match
double-dagger 10 or more wickets taken in the match
Section-sign One of two five-wicket hauls by the bowler in the match
Date Day the Test started or ODI was held
Inn Innings in which five-wicket haul was taken
Overs Number of overs bowled
Runs Number of runs conceded
Wkts Number of wickets taken
Econ Runs conceded per over
Batsmen Batsmen whose wickets were taken
Result Result of the match


Five-wicket hauls in ODI matches at Fatorda Stadium
No. Bowler Date Team Opposing team Inn Overs Runs Wkts Econ Batsmen Result
1 Matthew Hart 26 October 1994  New Zealand  West Indies 1 10 22 5 2.20 No result[3]
2 Zaheer Khan 14 February 2007  India  Sri Lanka 1 10 42 5 4.20 India won[4]


This venue has long been a mainstay of Indian football, having played host to many international games, including India's qualifiers for both the FIFA World Cup and AFC Asian Cup.[5] The stadium is also used as a home venue for the major Goan clubs FC Goa, Dempo S.C., Churchill Brothers S.C., Salgaocar S.C. and Sporting Clube de Goa.[6]

It was chosen one of the six stadiums to host the 2017 FIFA U-17 World Cup matches in India.[7]


Even though the stadium was originally built to be a football venue, over the past few years it has been increasingly used to host international cricket matches. Since hosting its first ever international in 1989 between Australia and Sri Lanka, it has played host to seven further One Day Internationals, the most recent being between India and Sri Lanka in 2007.[8] The allocation of cricket matches to the stadium has often upset the Goan football community as it renders them unable to use the venue for hosting football.[9]

Lusofonia Games[edit]

The Stadium was renovated for the 2014 Lusofonia Games which were conducted in Goa.[10][11][12] The opening and closing ceremony of these Games was held at this venue.[13] Football matches of the Lusofonia Games were also held here.[14]


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