As the year comes to an end the Oceania Football Confederation are counting down some of the best moments of 2021.
It was another Beach Soccer World Cup appearance and another admirable run for Tahiti’s Tiki Toa in August at the FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup Russia 2021™.
The two-time World Cup runners-up topped their pool at the tournament, which included a 12-8 victory over European giants Spain, earning them a ticket to the playoffs for the fourth time (having earlier done it in 2013, 2015 and 2017).
The performance of the Tahitians was all the more impressive when you factor in their lack of preparation time due to COVID-19 restrictions, which drastically limited their activity in the lead up to Russia.
The country’s achievements at the tournament didn’t stop there either, with Tahitian match official Aurélien Planchais-Godefroy earning five appointments at his first ever World Cup.