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First soccer tourney after lockdown confirmed

After weeks of no sporting activities due to the two-month state of emergency, the Football Federation Samoa (F.F.S.) will kick start its competition on June 20.

The Federation’s Executive Board has resolved to roll out its annual programme starting with the Youth League Competition, but with strict adherence to the two-meters social distancing between players and all involved.

Media and communications officer for the F.F.S., Angela Lafaialii Pauga, told the Samoa Observer in a telephone interview that they will have volunteers and officials to ensure that the two-meter social distance rule is enforced. 

“We will have volunteers assigned to practice the two-meter distance rule,” she said. “We will advise the clubs to maintain this order with the help of our officials ensuring that people abide by the order or else they will be warned.”

The Youth League Competition is one of the Federation’s main annual events and is for the boys and girls categories, specifically for registered clubs in Upolu. It is scheduled to run from June 20 to August 8.

There were 16 clubs but two new clubs have joined this year’s tournament. 

The Federation aims to increase the number of clubs and is looking at hosting tournaments. It is scheduled to take place on weekdays and weekends with free entry to watch the games.

Clubs participating in this year’s league:

  1. Alamagoto FC
  2. Adidas SC
  3. Moata’a SC
  4. Lupe ole Soaga SC
  5. Lepea FC
  6. Fa’atoia FC
  7. Falease’ela Catholic Youth
  8. Saoluafata
  9. Vaigaga SC
  10. Vaiusu SC
  11. Vaitele Uta SC
  12. Kiwi FC
  13. Sogi SC
  14. Vaivase tai FC
  15. Togafuafua SC
  16. Moaula SC
  17. Faleasi’u Kids Soccer
  18. Vaipuna SC

 

Programs for rescheduled competitions:

Competition Rescheduled 2020 (June – October)

Team registered

U8 mix – 17 teams

U12 mix – 18 teams

U17 – Boys – 11 teams

 Girls – 4 teams

U19 – Boys – 10 teams

 Girls – 6 teams

Competition Format – Youth & National League

Youth League - Pool Games

U8 mix – 2 Pools – Run for 6wks (20 Jun – 25 Jul)

U12 mix – 2 Pools – Run for 7wks (20 Jun – 1 Aug)

U17 Boys – 2 Pools – Run for 8wks (20 Jun – 8 Aug)

U17 Girls – Double Round robin – run for 6wks (20 Jun – 4 Jul)

U19 Boys – 2 Pools – Run for 8wks (20 Jun – 8 Aug)

U19 Girls – Double round-robin – Run for 8wks (20 Jun – 18 Jul)

National League

12 Premier Men’s

12 Premier Women’s

14 Men’s First Division

Premier Men

Single round-robin – 11 weeks – (25 July – 26 September)

Top 8 round – 2wks – (3 October – 10 October)

Premier Women

Single round-robin – 11 weeks – (25 Jul – 26 Sept)

Top 4 round – 2 Weeks – (3 October – 10 October)

Men’s First Division

Single round-robin

10 Weeks – (25 July – 26 September)

Relegation Round – weekdays (October 5, 7, 9)

U19 OFC Men Competition Preparation – October to November

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