The Solomon Islands National Futsal Team is probably the most loved national football team in Solomon Islands. Dominated by young players mostly in their teens, they have been able to capture the admiration and respect of spectators and players both locally and internationally.
Their biggest achievement remains being the first Pacific island country to qualify for the FIFA Futsal World Cup which they took part in 2008. While the results underline that some distance needs to be covered against the bigger names in the game their effort made Futsal rise to the fore in Solomon Islands as top sport beside the traditional 11-a-side code.
Key players in the team include Elliot Ragomo, Jack Wetney and Micah Lea’alafa. These trio have been the cornerstone of the team’s success dominating the Kurukuru score sheet as well as attracting the attention of spectators when they play. Nevertheless, the team has been undergoing development recently with some new players rising in to take the place of the warhorses who brought the team this far. New faces in 2010 include Coleman Makau, George Stevenson, David Lafai and Jeffery Bule.
Kurukuru won the OFC 2011 championship which served as the qualifiers for the 2012 FIFA Futsal World Cup. At the 2012 FIFA Futsal World Cup in Thailand, the Kurukuru once again finished last in their group, suffering heavy defeats to Russia and Colombia, but did manage to obtain their first World Cup win, beating Guatemala 4–3.
Back on the regional stage, Kurukuru defended their OFC title at the 2015 OFC Championship in Suva to qualify for the FIFA Futsal World Cup Colombia 2016 where they exit at the group stage.
The team also participated at the 2017 Asian Indoor Games where they won two and lost two games.
Inspiration captain, Elliot Ragomo, has sacrificed his studies and an opportunity to play futsal overseas just to see this dream come true for his team.
2005 OFC Futsal Championship – Fifth Placed
2007 OFC Futsal Championship – Winners
2008 FIFA Futsal World Cup Brazil – Group stage
2009 OFC Futsal Championship – Winners
2009 Alfateh Intercontinental Futsal Championship – Fifth Placed
2010 OFC Futsal Championship – Winners
2011 OFC Futsal Championship Winners
2012 FIFA Futsal World Cup Thailand – Group Stage
2016 OFC Futsal Championship – Winners
2016 FIFA Futsal World Cup Colombia – Group Stage
2017 Asian Indoor Games – Group Stage
TALO Anthony – Goalkeeper
HUIA Paul – Goalkeeper
RAGOMO Elliot – Utility
OSIFFELO Samuel – Pivot
HOU Alvin – Forward
LAFAI Francis – Forward
EGETA James – Pivot
BULE Jeffery – Pivot
LEA’ALAFA Micah – Forward
STEVENSON George – Defender
MAKAU Colemen – Defender
WETNEY Jack – Forward
SARU Matthias – Forward
LAUA Robert – Forward
Management / Staff
Nacanieli Seru- Team Manager
Jerry Sam – Head Coach