Football is officially recognised as the national sport in the Solomon Islands. With numerous competitions running year-round, the Solomon Islands Football Federation (SIFF) has a busy time ensuring the game continues to grow and develop. SIFF was founded in 1978 and became a full FIFA member in 1988 largely thanks to the late Alan Boso who saw the potential of Solomon Islands football.
Through the FIFA Goal Project, SIFF has seen the development of an international playing field at Lawson Tama Stadium where 20,000 fans frequently gather to watch domestic and regional competition such as the OFC Champions League. SIFF has introduced a variety of programmes targeted at the grassroots and elite levels and has shown strong support for women’s football, beach soccer and futsal. The Bilikiki and Kurukuru teams have been success stories with strong performances at the FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup and FIFA Futsal World Cup respectively to put the Solomon Islands on the world map for these relatively new sports. The national men’s side had a breakthrough year in 2004 when they finished runners-up to Australia in the OFC Nations Cup. Meanwhile, Solomon Island clubs have performed well in the OFC Champions League over recent years.
At the 24th SIFF Congress in late March 2015, a new Executive Committee was elected to take over from the Normalisation Committee which was installed by FIFA in mid-late 2013. Honiara Football Association President William Lai was elected to the run football's governing body in the Solomon Islands, and in May 2015 he was appointed to the OFC Executive Committee. A separate board runs the Telekom S-League, Solomon Islands premier club competition, with the winner going on to represent the nation in the OFC Champions League.