Football

Oceania Home of Football completed

The complex will house OFC's New Zealand staff and serve as a base for visiting personnel and teams from the confederation's 11 Member Associations and two Associate Members.

In addition to the administration space, it will feature two artificial pitches and dressing rooms suitable for hosting elite matches.

OFC General Secretary Franck Castillo said the complex will play a crucial part in the confederation's goal of seeing two Oceania nations competing at the FIFA World Cup 2026 and the FIFA Women's World Cup 2027.

     

Solomon Islands thrashed 6-0 by Morocco

The Kurukuru conceded three goals in each half against the African champions.

Soufiane El-Mesrar opened the scoring in just the second minute before Achraf Souad doubled their advantage a minutes later.

Idriss Raiss El-Fenni made it 3-0 close to half-time, while Bilal Bakkali, Otmane Boumezou and Soufiane Borite all found the back of the net in the second spell.

Solomon Islands, who are competing in their fourth consecutive World Cup, are back in action on Friday morning against Portugal, who outclassed Thailand 4-1 in the other Group C clash.

 

VFF to dispatch officers to register all football players

VFF’s Competition manager, Bong Shem said the purpose of this registrations is to ensure that an individual player gets compensated from the time a soccer player commences his/her soccer career as well.

“VFF will review all player registrations in country and at the same time upload and update all player registrations as well for this year 2021.

The comet registration is in line with the FIFA regulation stating for all players from 12 years old up to senior level within all MAs which affiliate with FIFA, must register within this system.

Six dead after plane carrying players and president of Brazilian football club crashes

The accident occurred when the plane suddenly plunged to the ground at the end of the runway while on take-off, the club reported in a statement.

The players were on their way to Goiania, in the central region of the country, to play a match against Vila Nova.

Brazilian media reported that the players were travelling in a private plane because they had tested positive for Covid-19, that Sunday would be their last day of isolation, and the rest of the players would travel on a commercial flight.

Grandfather plays another game

Bahader was awarded the title by Guinness World Records on Saturday evening on what, actually, wasn't the old boy's finest night.

He missed a penalty as his team, 6th October, lost 3-2 to El Ayat Sports club in the Egyptian third division.

The former amateur player, who turns 75 on November 3, scored a goal from the penalty spot in his debut match on March.

The record was previously held by 73-year-old Israeli Isaak Hayik.

     

Oceania Football optimistic over COVID calendar

The OFC Executive Committee approved a number of changes last week in response to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, with FIFA World Cup qualifiers, the OFC Champions League and a handful of youth tournaments all pushed back to a later date.

Competitions Director Chris Kemp hoped the new schedule would stick but admitted it was something out of their control.

Vanuatu soccer star advocates RISPEK at National Games

Vanuatu RISPEK is part of World Vision's ‘It Takes a World to End Violence Against Children’ campaign.

In Vanuatu, the campaign is called Vanuatu Rispek - It Takes Respect to Create a Safer Vanuatu with the slogan 'Rispektem Yu wan, Rispektem Narafala man' (Respect Yourself, Respect others).

The campaign aims to help young people understand their rights and the rights of others in relation to consent and to feel empowered to take a stand against sexual violence to create a safer Vanuatu.

PNG U19 squad announced

The Championship will be held from August 5 to August 18.

Except for new inclusion in Stahl Gubag, Joseph Wawai, Laventine Munuo and Cameron Nuabi, coach Harrison Kamake has retained the bulk of his U-17 team that participated in the OFC U-17 Championship in Tahiti last year. 

The team did well by qualifying for the OFC U-17 Championship semi-final for the first time in the nation’s history and lost to New Zealand.

Iranian women sneak into football games dressed as men

Donning beards and wigs, they disguised themselves as men so they could watch their team, Persepolis, play rivals Sepidrood at the Azadi stadium in Tehran last Friday.

Images of the women at the stadium have been widely shared on both Persian and English social media.

Although there's no official ban on women going to sporting events in Iran, it is rare for them to attend as they are often refused entry.

Prior to the Islamic revolution of 1979, women were allowed to attend sporting events.

Women have been punished for attending games in the past.

Inner strength drives Kaltack

Family, friends, school, the sea and football surrounded him and each of them set the foundations for the journey he has found himself on since he was chosen as part of the first intake of the Vanuatu Football Federation (VFF) Academy Programme.

Although the 25-year-old has been able to seize the opportunities that have come his way, he said it has not been an easy, or typical, ride.

“Growing up in Vanuatu, where I came from, is not easy,” he stated.