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OFC President outlines plan for Solomon football

Using a presentation entitled ‘Tailor made Projects in Solomon Islands for SIFF with Solomon Telekom 2011-2018’ Temari explained the OFC vision for Solomon Islands and the necessary funding that would turn that vision into fruition.
President Temarii’s commitment to Solomon Islands represented a total of SBD$56 million over the next 8 years and marks the biggest amount of development funding benefit SIFF will receive since its inception 31 years ago.
Grassroots and women’s football
Temarii said that the first area to look at is grassroots level football and mentioned a strong focus for working with schools.
This approach is aimed at encouraging the participation of young women in football by tapping into the gender balance that is starting to take shape in classrooms in Solomon Islands.
For this area alone SBD$4 million dollars will be put in over the next 8 years to facilitate the program and this will be managed by Franck Castillo in OFC in collaboration with SIFF.
‘We want to reach 25 000 children in the primary schools and even more in the secondary schools,’ Temarii said bringing the point back to OFC’s aim of having 10 per cent of the Oceania population involved in football by 2018.
This program will be implemented in partnership with the Ministry of Education and Human Resource Development and Our Telekom who remains interested to support the grassroots football program.
Football Goal for beach soccer and Futsal
For beach soccer and Futsal, Temarii announced the FIFA Goal Football program which is aimed at bringing Solomon Islands into the world top 10 in 8 years time.
The OFC President said that Solomon Islands national beach soccer and futsal teams have given OFC a great reputation and that is why OFC wants to invest in the 2 small sided games codes.
To back his plan Temarii is committing SBD$25 million to be used to fund this, exclusive to Solomon Islands, beach soccer and Futsal development plan.
This funding will also enable both small sided games national teams to play in international competitions at least once a year to assist with their preparations for FIFA World Cup competitions.
‘If without any friendly games overseas we are at number 14 in beach soccer, with friendly games we should easily be in the top 10,’ said Temarii expressing his confidence in the program.
Temarii also announced that new facilities for beach soccer and futsal will be built in Solomon Islands to be funded by OFC.
Honiara, Auki in Malaita and Gizo in the Western Province will be benefitting from the construction of new beach soccer and futsal pitches. These projects are scheduled to start next year.
In addition, the technical area will be boosted by the opportunity for Solomon Islands coaches and national teams to train in facilities in Spain. An agreement will be in place to ensure that this happens.
Three (3) new technical staff will be added to SIFF to ensure that the necessary administrative support is given to the program.
Gideon Omokirio and Jerry Sam have been named as head coaches for the elite program in beach soccer and Futsal respectively. Their work will complement the existing national team coaches in the 2 codes.
FIFA World Cup referee, Matthew Taro, will be involved in the Goal Football program as SIFF’s fitness instructor for the national beach soccer and national futsal teams.
Television and communication
A new partnership for television will be set up dedicated to producing and transmitting football content here in Solomon Islands.
SIFF will be playing a major role in this arrangement along with Our Telekom with its very own television production unit funded and supported by OFC.
The TV unit in SIFF will basically be involved in the production of the weekly football show and as well as the coverage of local and regional events. This news unit within SIFF will also supply content for radio and broadcast via the Internet.
Temarii said that OFC already knows the cost and will be ready to roll out the funding in 2011 which will include USD$120 00-00 for equipment alone.
Furthermore, Temarii said that OFC will provide for free to the Our Telekom TV channel rights to FIFA World Cups and OFC competitions, the A-League and the UEFA Champions League which OFC is currently negotiating for.
SIFF President Martin Alufurai said that the announcements represent a huge achievement for local football in the last couple of days.
‘These 3 days have given me 8 years of success for football and what more can you ask for,’ a delighted Alufurai said.
Temarii and his delegation left the country this afternoon.

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