Hawaiian Islands Invitational

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Hawaiian Islands Invitational
Founded 2007
Region CONCACAF and AFC
Number of teams 4
Current champions South Korea Busan IPark (1st Title)
Most successful club(s) South Korea Busan IPark (1)
South Korea Suwon Samsung Bluewings (1)
Japan Gamba Osaka (1)
2012 Hawaiian Islands Invitational

The Hawaiian Islands Invitational was an inter-confederation association football tournament that was founded in 2007, as the Pan-Pacific Championship. The tournament consisted of four teams, who contested a knock-out style competition that spanned three days.

History[edit]

When the Pan-Pacific Championship folded, due to turf issues at the Aloha Stadium, Honolulu, moves were put in place to attempt to reconstruct an inter-confederation, end of season tournament that would see some of the best teams from North American, Asia, and Australia go head to head. In March 2011, it was announced that the Hawaiian Islands Invitational would be set up, by ESPN Regional Television, Inc. in co-operation with the Hawai’i Tourism Authority and Major League Soccer.[1][2]

Like the former Pan-Pacific Championships, the tournament will be held at Aloha Stadium, Honolulu, and will be broadcast live on ESPN, and ESPNs subsidiary stations.[3]

Champions[edit]

The 2008 tournament was held in Aloha Stadium, Four teams were due to participate.

However, the A-League was not represented by the champion team but instead by the loser of the minor semi-final, Sydney FC. This is due to a scheduling conflict with the Grand Final on February 24, which was moved back so as not to interfere with Australia's 2010 FIFA World Cup qualification (AFC) campaign. North American SuperLiga Champions Pachuca declined to enter the tournament and were replaced with runners up Los Angeles Galaxy.

The 2009 tournament was held in Home Depot Center, Four teams participated.

The 2012 tournament was held in Aloha Stadium, Four teams were selected. The teams come from the same confederations as the former Pan-Pacific Championships, CONCACAF and AFC.[4]

Year Host Final Third-place match
Winner Score Runner-up 3rd place Score 4th place
2008 Hawaii Honolulu, Hawaii Japan Gamba Osaka 6–1 United States Houston Dynamo United States Los Angeles Galaxy 2–1 Australia Sydney FC
2009 California Carson, California South Korea Suwon Bluewings 1–1
(P4–2)
United States Los Angeles Galaxy Japan Oita Trinita 2–1 China Shandong Luneng
2012 Hawaii Honolulu, Hawaii South Korea Busan IPark 3–0 Japan Yokohama FC United States Colorado Rapids 1–0 Australia Melbourne Heart

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Hawaiian Islands Invitational: New ESPN Soccer Event In 2012". PaddockTalk. 15 March 2011. Retrieved 7 July 2011. 
  2. ^ Margolis, Rachel (15 March 2011). "Hawaiian Islands Invitational: New ESPN Soccer Event in 2012". ESPN. Retrieved 7 July 2011. 
  3. ^ "COLORADO RAPIDS TO PARTICIPATE IN HAWAIIAN ISLANDS INVITATIONAL IN FEBRUARY". Gateway News. 15 March 2011. Retrieved 7 July 2011. 
  4. ^ "Rapids to participate in 2012 Hawaiian Islands Invitational". Major League Soccer. 6 July 2011. Retrieved 7 July 2011. 

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