Sport in The Solomon Islands

This country of 74 local dialects all understands one word when it comes to sports, GOAL. Yes, this former British Protectorate has inherited the Europeans' love for football. Football is actually recognized as the national sport of the Solomon Islands with various competitions and leagues running pretty much all year round.

The Solomon Islands Football Federation makes sure that the newer generation does not fall short when it comes to their exposure to the sport. They became a member of FIFA in 1988. Their first stab at international recognition was when they became the first team to win against a large favorite New Zealand in the World Cup 2006.

Other associated football related sports like futsal and beach soccer are also quite popular in Solomon Islands. Their national futsal team was the Oceania Futsal Championship winners in 2008 which then qualified them for the 2008 FIFA Futsal World Cup held in Brazil. They remain the team to beat in futsal in the Oceania region. Team captain Elliot Ragomo also holds the record of fastest goal in an official futsal match. He scored a goal within three seconds in their game against New Caledonia in July 2009. Their beach soccer team also is no pushover. They have taken the Oceania Regional Championships three times which also qualified them for the FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup each and every time.

Below are details of sports, sporting events and sports people related to The Solomon Islands. Is there something missing? If you know of something that should be listed here, please make a comment below.

Popular sports of The Solomon Islands

The Solomon Islands Sporting Success

Athletes from The Solomon Islands

The Solomon Islands Sports trivia

The Solomon Islands at major events

Past sporting events hosted in The Solomon Islands

Upcoming sporting events in The Solomon Islands

Annual sporting events held in The Solomon Islands

Sporting Facilities in The Solomon Islands

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