Photo Credit: SIFF Media Donald Marahare has been elected as the new Solomon Islands Football Federation (SIFF) President following an elective congress held in June, for a new executive under…
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Football is officially recognised as the national sport in the Solomon Islands.
With numerous competitions running year-round, the Solomon Islands Football Federation (SIFF) has a busy time ensuring the game continues to grow and develop.
SIFF was founded in 1978 and became a full FIFA member in 1988 largely thanks to the late Alan Boso who saw the potential of Solomon Islands football.
Through the FIFA Goal Project, SIFF has seen the development of an international playing field at Lawson Tama Stadium in Honiara where 20,000 fans frequently gather to watch domestic and regional competition matches such as the OFC Champions League.
In 2020 plans were put in place to upgrade the stadium ahead of the 2023 Pacific Games that are due to be held in the Solomon Islands.
SIFF has championed a variety of programmes targeted at the grassroots and elite levels and has shown strong support for women’s football, beach soccer and futsal.
The Kurukuru, their national men’s futsal side, are six-time Oceania champions and have flown the OFC flag at the FIFA Futsal World Cup on multiple occasions.
The Bilikiki have also tasted plenty of continental success and claimed a silver medal at the OFC Beach Soccer Nations Cup in 2019.
Meanwhile, Solomon Islands clubs have performed well in the OFC Champions League in recent years, while their national age-group sides are highly competitive.
At the 24th SIFF Congress in March 2015, a new Executive Committee was elected to take over from the Normalisation Committee that was installed by FIFA in mid-late 2013.
Honiara Football Association President William Lai was elected to the run football’s governing body in the Solomon Islands, and in May 2015 he was appointed to the OFC Executive Committee.
In May 2019, Lai was re-elected for another four-year term and in 2020 the SIFF Executive Committee adopted a Long Term Strategic Plan that will focus on infrastructure development, good governance, and professionalisation of the administration at both the national and regional level.