Football Federation Samoa
Football Federation Samoa (FFS) was founded in 1968. The federation went through a challenging period in 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 of Toetu Petana as President. 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 and 2016 OFC Nations Cup after winning Stage 1 of the Oceania qualifiers for the FIFA World Cups of 2014 and 2018.
Off the field, the FIFA Goal Project programme has seen the development of international standard pitches on which the South Pacific Games in 2007 and Stage 1 of the World Cup qualifiers in 2011 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. A complete revamp of the headquarters is underway and due to be officially opened in early 2017.
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, Australian international Tim Cahill, who has Samoan roots and represented the country at youth level, brought a dash of Samoan football to the professional football scene.