SIFF president Martin Alufurai says football can play a major part in promoting peace and stability in Solomon Islands, in the wake of recent events in the Melanesian country. He says there is great need to contain the youths…

New Zealand All Whites coach Ricki Herbert has drafted five familiar faces into his 19-man squad to play Chile in the whistlestop tour, fullbacks David Mulligan and Tony Lochhead, central defender Che Bunce and midfielders Raf De Gregorio and…

NEW ZEALAND HEAD OFC NATIONS AHEAD OF BUSY SCHEDULE New Zealand (120) has dropped five places in the latest FIFA/ Coca-Cola World Rankings, due to a mixture of inactivity and a flurry of internationals with their rivals in Asia….

Australian referee Mark Shield will be joining the Socceroos in Germany after being selected as one of just 23 referees to attend this year’s FIFA World Cup. Brisbane-based Shield, who was recently announced the Australian A-League referee of the…

SIFF President predicts bright future for youth football SIFF President Martin Alufurai predicts a bright future for football in the ‘happy Isles’ following the successful completion of the U-12 competition at the Allan Boso National Soccer Academy. The standard…

HELPING THE `BEAUTIFUL GAME’ BECOME MORE ATTRACTIVE FOR WOMEN OFC Technical Director Jim Selby is buoyed by the growing number of former internationals giving back to the sport. Eleven former internationals were involved with either their national teams or…

New Zealand will be represented at a FIFA World Cup for just the fifth time after beating Tonga 6-0 to capture the 2006 OFC U-20 Women’s Championship in Samoa on Saturday. Goals from Caitlin Campbell, Ali Riley, Emma Humphries,…

Tonga have caused a major boilover in sizzling Samoa by pipping the hosts 3-2 to reach the final of the Oceania U-20 Women’s Championship. Kilifi Ueles’ Tongans will meet New Zealand for a place at the 2006 FIFA U-20…