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SIFF was formed in 1979. Originally it was called the Solomon Islands Football Association (SIFA) but this was eventually changed to the current name. From 1979 SIFF started to work towards developing a fully professional institution for managing football development and competitions in Solomon Islands.

Missionaries and colonial administrators are the people credited with bringing football to Solomon Islands. For some reason football continued to thrive after the missionary and colonial days unlike other sports like cricket which was also introduced by the same group of people.
The Honiara Football Association is recognised as one of the first formal oranisations formed to administer football. HFA itself was formed in 1956, a whole 23 years before SIFF was formed. Today HFA remains the strongest Provincial Football Association (PFA) of SIFF, benefitting from its position in the capital city of the country.

One of the most important moments in the history of football in Solomon Islands was when it attained membership in the world football motherbody, the Federation International of Football Associations (FIFA) in 1989. Only after being affiliated to FIFA was the Solomon Islands allowed to host and play FIFA sanctioned matches. The first of these was the iconic match of 1991 when the capital stopped to witness the first ever FIFA match to be played in the country.

In 1999, after many years of borrowing office space from other organisations SIFF opened its first own office. The same year also saw SIFF receive its first allocation of the FIFA Financial Assistance Program (FAP) grant.

In 2000, SIFF sought and recieved funding under FIFA Goal Project I. FIFA Goal Project I was used to fund the upgrade of the Lawson Tama Stadium. The project was completed in 2001. The new look and now international standard Lawson Tama was opened by former England iInternational and Manchester United President, Sir Bobby Charlton. The first match played on the refitted Lawson Tama pitch was between the Solomon Islands National Team and the Honiara All-Stars.

In 2005 SIFF began construction of the Alan Boso Complex which housed the SIFF Academy. Modelled on the Oceania Football Confederation Football Academy in Auckland, the SIFF Academy was completed and opened in late 2005. Funding for the project was provided under FIFA Goal Project II. With the construction of its very own facilities SIFF no longer had problems looking for venues to run technical programs such as coaching and refereeing courses.

Today SIFF continues to strive forward for the development of the world game. The newly introduced codes of football have also taken root and have grown in popularity among Solomon Islanders. Futsal was introduced in 1998 with the first locally held OFC Futsal coaching. Women’s football was introduced in 1999 after the FIFA resolution for Member Associations to develop the code. Beach soccer was introduced in 2006 when Solomon Islands attended its first ever OFC Beach Soccer Qualifiers. The legendary team of the year qualified for the FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup in Brazil and forever solidified the place of the sport in Solomon Islands.

SIFF logo
The logo or coat of arms for the Solomon Islands Football Federation consists of an S with a soccer ball in the centre. The most important part of logo is the series of 10 stars on the right of the ball. The 10 stars represent the 10 Provincial Football Associatons (PFAs) which are members of SIFF.
The SIFF logo is also decorated with blue, yellow and green, the national colours of Solomon Islands.Football itself was introduced into Solomon Islands many years prior to the formation of SIFF.