After a five year absence the Football Federation Samoa (F.F.S.) is reintroducing the Samoa Cup.
The Cup competition pits the best and brightest Samoa has to offer in the week long football competition.
In years past selection teams from New Zealand and American Samoa have participated but due to the long layoff this year’s tournament will feature only 5 teams (Men and Women) which are made up from 20 Upolu and 10 Savaii clubs that are currently part of the Samoa National League.
The four teams in Upolu are made up from 20 registered clubs while the Savaii team is formed from its 10 clubs.
The National League has been on hold for the last two weeks to allow the 5 representative teams’ team to train and prepare for the tournament.
The competition kicked off on Saturday at the Football Federation Samoa (F.F.S.) fields at Tuana’imato.
F.F.S. C.E.O. Faumuina Michael Kapisi stated that an important element to this tournament was not only the opportunity to review the abilities of the players but also to review the capabilities of each team’s management team.
“A very critical part of our national team is the knowledge and culture the management team install in the team environment, we are using the tournament to see how the different leaders of the various clubs work together to achieve a common objective that is to win the Samoa Cup,” Faumuina said.
“Those that demonstrate positive leadership skills, football knowledge, are organised and have passion for the game will be the ones we will be identifying for future national team roles, says Kapisi.”
The competition is being supported through the assistance of the FIFA FORWARD project which has allowed the Federation to provide all participating teams with new uniforms, $2,000 each for training costs, organisation costs and prize money that will be split between the participating clubs for club development purposes.
Match days will be on Saturday, Monday, Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday.
Entrance is free to the public.