Football Federation Samoa (FFS) was founded in 1968. The federation has been through a challenging period in recent years with FIFA setting up a normalisation committee in 2008. A spell of inactivity followed for the next two years as the sport was rebuilt in Samoa but the normalisation period ended at the beginning of 2011 with the election to president of Toetu Petana. Reverend Laupama Solomona is the current President and he is supported in his role by CEO Faumuina Michael Kapisi.
The national league and programmes such as OFC’s Just Play initiative are now running successfully and Samoan national sides are once more fully involved in international fixtures and OFC tournaments. Indeed, Samoa have made such an impact on their return to the international fold that they earned a place at the 2012 OFC Nations Cup after winning Stage 1 of the Oceania qualifiers for the 2014 FIFA World Cup as hosts in 2011. More recently, they qualified for the 2016 OFC Nations Cup after narrowly winning Stage 1 of the OFC qualifiers for the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia.
Off the field, the FIFA Goal Project has seen the development of international standard pitches on which the South Pacific Games in 2007 and Stage 1 of the World Cup qualifiers were both held. In 2013 OFC President David Chung and FIFA Development Officer Glenn Turner travelled to Samoa to open the Savai'i Regional Technical Centre in Iva, Savai'i and the new outdoor futsal court at FFS headquarters the two latest Goal Projects to be implemented in the country.
The world game is especially popular with children and teenagers as the Football Federation Samoa work hard to implement grassroots programmes. At the top level, Tim Cahill, who has Samoan roots and represented the country at youth level, brought a dash of Samoan football to the English professional scene by starring for Everton in the Premier League.