History was made in 2007 when Tuvalu became the first non FIFA member to participate in an official World cup qualifying match. The situation arose when the regional governing body used the 2007 South Pacific Games, as the first stage of the qualification tournament for the 2010 FIFA World Cup and qualification tournament for the 2008 OFC Nations Cup. Tuvalu performed with great credit, earning a remarkable 1–1 draw with Tahiti in which Viliamu Sekifu became as the first World cup scorer for his country. The other three fixtures in the tournament ended in defeat and Tuvalu failed to progress from their five team group.
In September 2008, Tuvaluan Prime Minister Apisai Ielemia and the President of the Tuvalu Football Association, Tapugao Falefou, visited the headquarters of FIFA in Zurich, hoping to gain full membership in the organisation. An application for membership is to be made to the FIFA 2013 world congress.
Tuvalu participated in the 2011 Pacific Games in Nouméa, New Caledonia from 27 August to 9 September. Tuvalu defeated American Samoa 4-0 in the Group A match at on the first day of the games. and finished in fourth place in Group A, with a record number of goals. This is the best performance by Tuvalu in an international tournament.
In August 2012 they participated for the first time on a tournament. They participated at the NBT Cup for B-teams. The first game they won against Ha’apai United B with 3-0. But they lost the second game with 6-0 against TMTI and the third game they lost with 5-0 against Lofeagai Boys. Malesi of Lofeagai scored 5 goals.