Earlier this month dirt was turned for the first time at the site of the new Solomon Islands Football Federation (SIFF) Academy, as part of a ceremony led by Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare and attended by other dignitaries. 

The academy project, which will be located in the King George suburb of Honiara, is supported by the Governments of Papua New Guinea, Japan and the Solomon Islands, as part of the 2023 Pacific Games.  

In addition to the construction of dedicated office spaces for SIFF staff, the project will include two football pitches, an outdoor futsal court and beach soccer arena.  

SIFF President William Lai said the project is for the betterment of football in the country and acknowledged the work and contributions of the various stakeholders.  

The project is set to be completed by the end of 2022.  

Dignitaries at the SIFF Academy dirt breaking ceremony. Credit: SIFF

Main photo: Credit SIFF.