Tuvalu national football team

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Tuvalu
Shirt badge/Association crest
Association TNFA
Head coach Leen Looijen[1]
Most caps Mau Penisula (14 caps)
Top scorer Alopua Petoa (6 goals)
Home stadium Tuvalu Sports Ground
FIFA code TUV
Elo ranking 200
First colours
Second colours
First international
French Polynesia Tahiti 18 – 0 Tuvalu Tuvalu
(Suva, Fiji; August 29, 1979)
Biggest win
Tuvalu Tuvalu 4 – 0 American Samoa American Samoa
(Nouméa, New Caledonia; August 27, 2011)
Biggest defeat
French Polynesia Tahiti 18- 0 Tuvalu Tuvalu
(Suva, Fiji; August 29, 1979)

The Tuvalu national football team is the international football team of Tuvalu, which trains at the Tuvalu Sports Ground in Funafuti. Football in Tuvalu is played at club and national team level. The Tuvalu national football team draws from players in the Tuvalu A-Division; with the national team training at the Tuvalu Sports Ground on Funafuti.[2] The national team competes in the Pacific Games and South Pacific Games. The national team is controlled by the Tuvalu National Football Association (TNFA), which is an associate member of the Oceania Football Confederation (OFC) but not a member of FIFA.[3]

Membership[edit]

Tuvalu is a member of the Oceania Football Confederation (OFC), but not of FIFA. 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.[3] The Tuvalu Football Association continues to seek membership of FIFA with the Dutch Support Tuvalu Foundation assisting Tuvalu with the FIFA application and with the development of football in Tuvalu.[4]

History[edit]

South Pacific Games 1979[edit]

The Tuvaluan team played three international matches in the 1979 South Pacific Games, held in Fiji. There, the team recorded both a large win, 5–3 against Tonga, and its as of August 2013 worst defeat, losing 18–0 to Tahiti.

It also participated in four games at the South Pacific Games in 2003, again held in Fiji. After defeating Kiribati in their opening game, the Tuvaluan team lost their remaining three matches and finished fourth out of five in Pool A.

World Cup and OFC nations cup qualifications[edit]

In 2007, Tuvalu became the first non FIFA member to participate in an official World cup qualifying match.[5] 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 drew 1–1 with Tahiti with Viliamu Sekifu becoming 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.

Dutch Support Tuvalu Foundation[edit]

The Tuvalu national football team received support from a foundation in the Netherlands.[6] In 2011 the Tuvalu National Football Association signed Dutch coach Foppe de Haan as the coach on a part-time and volunteer basis.[7] De Haan, who previously coached SC Heerenveen, Ajax Cape Town and the Dutch national U-21 team, started his tenure with a 3–0 victory over Samoa, the second largest victory of Tuvalu.[8] De Haan's second match in charge saw a record 4–0 victory recorded over American Samoa in the first match of their 2011 Pacific Games campaign, with a hat-trick from 19-year-old Alopua Petoa. The third match was not as successful, with the side going down 5–1 to Vanuatu.[9] After two more heavy losses, the team won a point in their final South Pacific Games' match against Guam. De Haan left his post after the tournament to rejoin Heerenveen's youth programme.[10]

On August 18, 2013 the Tuvalu national football team went on a three-month tour of the Netherlands. During this tour they played at least 20 friendly matches against local amateur football clubs. Former NAC Breda and De Graafschap coach Leen Looijen was the team's mentor during training in the Netherlands,[2] with the tour organised by the Dutch Support Tuvalu Foundation.[4]

Tuvaluan footballers in New Zealand[edit]

Tuvaluan footballers play for clubs in New Zealand. Vaisua Liva and Alopua Petoa joined Waitakere City FC in 2012.[11] Meneua Fakasega and Jerome Funafuti also played for Waitakere City FC. Maalosi Alefaio has played for Te Atatu AFC. Togavai Stanley has played for Nauti Power FC, which is a football club of Tuvaluan men living in Auckland, New Zealand.

Selected internationals[edit]

Tuvalu national football team (2011)
Date Event/Venue Home Team Opponent Score
September 5, 2011 Pacific GamesNew Caledonia  Tuvalu  Guam 1–1
September 3, 2011 Pacific GamesNew Caledonia  Tuvalu  Solomon Islands 1–6
September 1, 2011 Pacific GamesNew Caledonia  Tuvalu  New Caledonia 0–8
August 30, 2011 Pacific GamesNew Caledonia  Tuvalu  Vanuatu 1–5
August 27, 2011 Pacific GamesNew Caledonia  Tuvalu  American Samoa 4–0
August 22, 2011 Friendly – Fiji  Tuvalu  Samoa 3–0
September 1, 2007 2007 SPG & 2010 WC QualifierSamoa  Tuvalu  Cook Islands 1–4
August 29, 2007 2007 SPG & 2010 WC QualifierSamoa  Tuvalu  Tahiti 1–1
August 27, 2007 2007 SPG & 2010 WC QualifierSamoa  Tuvalu  New Caledonia 0–1
August 25, 2007 2007 SPG & 2010 WC QualifierSamoa  Tuvalu  Fiji 0–16
July 5, 2003 2003 South Pacific GamesFiji  Tuvalu  Solomon Islands 0–4
July 3, 2003 2003 South Pacific GamesFiji  Tuvalu  Vanuatu 0–1
July 1, 2003 2003 South Pacific GamesFiji  Tuvalu  Fiji 0–4
June 30, 2003 2003 South Pacific GamesFiji  Tuvalu  Kiribati 3–2
May 1, 2003 Fiji  Tuvalu  Fiji 0–9
September 6, 1979 1979 South Pacific GamesFiji  Tuvalu  Guam 2–7
September 5, 1979 1979 South Pacific GamesFiji  Tuvalu  Kiribati 3–3 (7-5)
September 4, 1979 1979 South Pacific GamesFiji  Tuvalu  New Caledonia 2–10
August 31, 1979 1979 South Pacific GamesFiji  Tuvalu  Tonga 5–3
August 28, 1979 1979 South Pacific GamesFiji  Tuvalu  Tahiti 0–18

Historical Kits[citation needed][edit]

2003 Home
2007 Home
2011 Home

Competitive Record[edit]

Pacific Games[edit]

Pacific Games Record
Year Round Position Pld W D * L GF GA
Fiji 1979 Quarter-Finals 8th 3 1 0 2 7 31
Samoa 1983 Did Not Enter
New Caledonia 1987
Papua New Guinea 1991
French Polynesia 1995
Fiji 2003 Group Stage 8th 4 1 0 3 3 11
Samoa 2007 Group Stage 9th 4 0 1 3 2 22
New Caledonia 2011 Group Stage 7th 5 1 1 3 7 20
Papua New Guinea 2015 To Be Determined
Total 4/13 0 Titles 16 3 2 11 19 84

Players[edit]

2011 Pacific Games squad[edit]

The following squad was selected for the 2011 Pacific Games

0#0 Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
1 1GK Katepu Sieni (1988-05-11) May 11, 1988 (age 26) 3 0 Tuvalu Tofaga
15 1GK Faiana Ofati (1991-02-02) February 2, 1991 (age 23) 0 0 Tuvalu Lakena United
00 1GK Jelly Selau (1983-07-23) July 23, 1983 (age 31) 8 0 Tuvalu Manu Laeva
2 2DF Kolone Pokia (1989-08-04) August 4, 1989 (age 25) 3 0 Tuvalu Tofaga
3 2DF Alamoana Tofuola (1990-03-28) March 28, 1990 (age 24) 5 0 Tuvalu Manu Laeva
4 2DF Etimoni Timuani (1991-10-14) October 14, 1991 (age 23) 6 0 Tuvalu Tofaga
5 2DF Ali Takataka (1988-04-24) April 24, 1988 (age 26) 6 0 Tuvalu Tofaga
11 2DF George Panapa (1992-10-06) October 6, 1992 (age 22) 5 0 Tuvalu Tofaga
24 2DF Joshua Tapasei (1979-05-30) May 30, 1979 (age 35) 8 0 Tuvalu Nauti
25 2DF Maalosi Alefaio (1993-01-19) January 19, 1993 (age 21) 0 0 New Zealand Te Atatu AFC
6 3MF Mau Penisula (c) (1979-05-15) May 15, 1979 (age 35) 14 0 Fiji Addisbrough FC
7 3MF Vaisua Liva (1993-01-20) January 20, 1993 (age 21) 6 0 New Zealand Waitakere City F.C.
8 3MF Okilani Tinilau (1989-01-02) January 2, 1989 (age 25) 3 0 Tuvalu Manu Laeva
10 3MF James Lepaio (1992-06-09) June 9, 1992 (age 22) 5 1 Tuvalu Tofaga
13 3MF Togavai Stanley (1992-07-09) July 9, 1992 (age 22) 4 1 New Zealand Nauti Power FC
14 3MF Raj Sogivalu (1990-01-19) January 19, 1990 (age 24) 3 0 Tuvalu Nauti
16 3MF Uota Ale (1986-06-06) June 6, 1986 (age 28) 2 1 Tuvalu Tofaga
18 3MF Meauma Petaia (1990-08-15) August 15, 1990 (age 24) 2 0 Tuvalu Tamanuku
19 3MF Akelei Lima'alofa (1989-11-13) November 13, 1989 (age 25) 2 0 Tuvalu Manu Laeva
26 3MF Jerome Funafuti (1990-04-22) April 22, 1990 (age 24) 0 0 New Zealand Waitakere City F.C.
22 3MF Amatusi Telogo (1989-01-30) January 30, 1989 (age 25) 0 0 Tuvalu Nanumaga
23 3MF Petio Semaia (1979-02-23) February 23, 1979 (age 35) 6 1 Tuvalu Lakena United
9 4FW Lutelu Tiute (1990-10-06) October 6, 1990 (age 24) 5 1 Tuvalu Tofaga
12 4FW Alopua Petoa (1990-01-24) January 24, 1990 (age 24) 5 6 New Zealand Waitakere City F.C.
20 4FW Lopati Okelani (1988-08-17) August 17, 1988 (age 26) 3 0 Tuvalu Nui

Sources: [12] [13]

Most capped players[edit]

Players with an equal number of caps are ranked in chronological order of reaching the milestone.

# Name Career Caps Goals
1 Mau Penisula 2003- 14 0
2 Joshua Tui Tapasei 2003- 8 0
Jelly Selau 2007– 8 0
4 Paenui Fagota 2003-2007 7 1
7 Petio Semaia 2003-2007 6 1
Lalesi Vaia 2003-2007 6 0
Peniuna Kaitu 2003-2007 6 0
Etimoni Timuani 2011– 6 0
Ali Takataka 2011– 6 0
Vaisua Liva 2011– 6 0
13 Alamoana Tofuola 2011– 5 0
George Panapa 2011– 5 0
James Lepaio 2011– 5 1
Lutelu Tiute 2011– 5 1
Alopua Petoa 2011– 5 6

Most goals scored[edit]

Top scorer Aloupa Petoa

Goalscorers with an equal number of goals are ranked in chronological order of reaching the milestone.

# Name Career Goals Caps
1 Alopua Petoa 2011– 6 5
2 Lutelu Tiute 2011– 1 5
Togavai Stanley 2011– 1 4
James Lepaio 2011– 1 5
Uota Ale 2011– 1 2
Petio Semaia 2003-2007 1 6
Paenui Fagota 2003-2007 1 7
Vilamu Sekifu 2007-2007 1 3
Kivoli Manoa 2003 1 4
  • Bold denotes players still playing international football.

Managers[edit]

Manager Tuvalu career Played Won Drawn Lost Win %
Tuvalu Malu, KokeaKokea Malu 1979 5 2 0 3 40.0
Australia Jerks, TimTim Jerks 2003 5 1 0 4 20.0
Tuvalu Puapua, ToakaiToakai Puapua 2006-2010 4 0 1 3 00.0
Netherlands de Haan, FoppeFoppe de Haan 2011 6 2 1 3 33.3
Netherlands Looijen, LeenLeen Looijen 2013

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Looijen even bondscoach Tuvalu" [Looijen trainer of Tuvalu]. Algemeen Dagblad (in Dutch). 10 August 2013. Retrieved 15 August 2013. 
  2. ^ a b Frew, Craig (9 December 2013). "Tuvalu still dreams of joining Fifa's world football family". BBC Scotland. Retrieved 10 December 2013. 
  3. ^ a b "Tuvalu eye place in football family". FIFA.  September 22, 2008
  4. ^ a b "Dutch Support Tuvalu Foundation". Retrieved 10 December 2013. 
  5. ^ "Tuvalu does not sink". Periodismo de fútbol internacional. September 2009. 
  6. ^ "Tuvalu football project - Dutch Support Tuvalu Foundation (in Dutch, English, French and Spanish)". 
  7. ^ "Foppe de Haan gaat nationaal team van Tuvalu trainen". NRC Handelsblad (in Dutch). May 25, 2011. Retrieved June 5, 2011. 
  8. ^ "De Haan start sterk als bondscoach van Tuvalu". Voetbal International (in Dutch). August 22, 2011. Retrieved August 22, 2011. 
  9. ^ "Vanuatu have beaten Tuvalu 5–1 in their men's Group A match at Riviere Salée in Nouméa at the XIV Pacific Games". Oceania Football Confederation. August 30, 2011. Retrieved August 30, 2011. 
  10. ^ De Haan terug bij Heerenveen – De Telegraaf (Dutch)
  11. ^ "Vaisua Liva and Alopua Petoa start their internship at Waitakere City FC". 12 maart 2013. Retrieved 12 maart 2013.  Check date values in: |date=, |accessdate= (help)
  12. ^ Tuvalu Official Team List – OFC
  13. ^ 2011 Squad – National Football Teams

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