The Volleyball Samoa Federation started its National League 2018 competition this week.
The first round of their competition was held at the S.I.S.D.A.C. Samoa Independence Seventh Days Adventist Compound in Fugalei.
According to the Volleyball Samoa Federation President, Tu’ulua Luailepou Lauina, he is amazed by the amount of talents in the Volleyball Federation.
He says there has been a lot of improvement in how the game is run by both the players and the officials.
“We have seen positive results of the sport from the teams that participated and the way they have lifted the standard of the game.”
“The level and standard of the game that is being played here now has been fantastic and well-developed by all the teams who are currently participating.”
The Volleyball National League this year is divided into three categories.
Eleven teams will be competing in division one, 18 teams competing in the division two, with eight teams in the women’s division.
Tu’ulua mentioned the main objective for the Volleyball Federation this year is to identify the local talents to represent Samoa in upcoming international tournaments.
He also believed this is the only way to develop the sport and to develop the local players in Samoa.
“We have a few international tournaments coming up and this tournament will help us to select our players.”
“We have an invitation from American Samoa to play there in April, the Oceania Competition in Fiji in July, as well as the South Pacific Games coming up next year.”
“These tournaments will also help develop the local talents here in Samoa because for our national teams to compete in the South Pacific Games, we will select from the players playing here in Samoa.”