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Event outline for 2013 finalised

The only national competition being proposed for 2013 is the Telekom S-League while both the Solomon Cup and National Futsal League are both not scheduled. This is almost a barebones approach as it brings SIFF in line with FIFA’s minimum requirement of a national football league. The Telekom S-League will run from April to August and the kickoff date of April 6 is confirmed.
Interim SIFF Chief Executive Officer, Neil Poloso, says that while intentions are to have as many football events per year as possible 2013 is being used to review and plan out what can be organised in line with existing financial and other resources.
“It is not optimal but we want to take the time to normalise our finances and use 2013 as a watershed year for developing well budgeted and well planned event calendars in the future that complement our overall development approach and our budget,” Poloso explains.
“This is something that must be done in order for SIFF to continue to provide a reasonable calendar of activities in the years ahead. We have to make sacrifices and this year a number of events had to be dropped.”
There is good news, however, for youth football as SIFF brings into its calendar a league based competition scheduled for September. The full details of the competition are yet to be finalised but it is expected that it will take the shape of single round league played in the Under-19 age group. This league will be played locally in the capital Honiara under the current national league structure.
Internationally the same austerity template is being applied with SIFF confirming attendances to only three of the five regional events scheduled for 2013. SIFF has only confirmed participation in the OFC Beach Soccer Championship and the OFC Futsal Championship while withdrawing from both OFC U-17 and U-20 championships. The third international event SIFF will take part in is the FIFA 2014 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers Stage 3 which ends in March.
Solomon Warriors will still compete in the OFC Champions League is currently making preparations to do so. Their participation in the OFC Champions League is independent of SIFF’s international commitments since the club is fully responsible for all costs involved. The club will play six internationals, including three at home, in the fight to represent Oceania in the 2013 FIFA Club World Cup.
Meanwhile, the SIFF competitions department is making a submission for the Solomon Cup to be included in the 2014 calendar of events due to its omission from the annual event line up for the last four years. The Solomon Cup is considered to be an important historical event and a player selection avenue for national teams. It also provides one of the rare opportunities for provincial based players to be marketed to national league clubs.
On the administrative side the SIFF congress for this year will host the election of new executive committee members for the next four years. The congress will take place on 18 and 19 of April in Honiara. Members from the 10 affiliates of SIFF will congregate in Honiara for the event that will also feature the presentation of the 2012 activity report and financial reports.
Normally the SIFF events calendar is published in line with FIFA and OFC calendars and released in December of each year.
You can dowload the SIFF calendar here

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