Solomon Islands national futsal team

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Solomon Islands
Soccerball.svg
Shirt badge/Association crest
Nickname(s) Kurukuru
Association Solomon Islands Football Federation
Confederation OFC
Head coach Juliano Schmeling
Captain Elliot Ragomo
Home stadium none
FIFA code SOL
FIFA ranking 43 (13 July 2016)[1]
First international
 Australia 9–0 Solomon Islands Solomon Islands
(Canberra, Australia, 25 July 2004)[2]
Biggest win
Solomon Islands Solomon Islands 21–2 Tuvalu 
(Suva, Fiji, 14 August 2010)[3]
Biggest defeat
 Russia 31–2 Solomon Islands Solomon Islands
(Brasília, Brazil, 6 October 2008)[4]
World Cup
Appearances 3 (First in 2008)
Best result Group stage, (2008, 2012, 2016)
OFC Futsal Championship
Appearances 7 (First in 2004)
Best result Med 1.png Champions, (2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2016)
Confederations Cup
Appearances 1 (First in 2009)
Best result 5th place, (2009)

The Solomon Islands national futsal team, nicknamed Kurukuru,[5] represents the Solomon Islands in international futsal competitions and is controlled by the Solomon Islands Football Federation. It is one of the strongest teams in Oceania, but fares poorly in competitions outside the region.

The team’s coach in 2008 was Victor Wai’ia.[6] By 2009, he had been succeeded by Dickson Kadau.[7] The country has no futsal stadium, although in July 2009 Prime Minister Derek Sikua promised that the government would assist in building one.[8]

On 6 October 2008, the Solomon Islands established a record for the worst defeat in the history of the FIFA Futsal World Cup in Brazil 2008, when they were beaten by Russia thirty-one goals to two.[9] It was the country’s first participation in the World Cup;[10] it finished last in Group A, with four games lost out of four, 6 goals for and 69 against.[11] At the 2012 FIFA Futsal World Cup in Thailand, the Kurukuru once again finished last in their group, suffering heavy defeats to Russia and Colombia, but did manage to obtain their first World Cup win, beating Guatemala 4–3.[12]

On a regional level, however, the Kurukuru won the 2008 Oceanian Futsal Championship, and successfully defended their title in 2009, beating Fiji 8–1 in the final,[13] and then again in 2010 and 2011. After failing to win in 2013 and not competing in 2014, they would win their record-tying fifth OFC Futsal Championship in 2016. They are, therefore, the current regional champions.[14]

The Solomon Islands national futsal team currently holds the world record for the fastest ever goal scored in an official futsal match. It was set by Kurukuru captain Elliot Ragomo, who scored against New Caledonia three seconds into the game in July 2009.[15]

Tournament records[edit]

FIFA Futsal World Cup[edit]

FIFA World Cup Record
Year Round Pld W D L GS GA
Netherlands 1989 Did not enter - - - - - -
Hong Kong 1992 Did not enter - - - - - -
Spain 1996 Did not enter - - - - - -
Guatemala 2000 Did not enter - - - - - -
Taiwan 2004 Did not qualify - - - - - -
Brazil 2008 Group stage 4 0 0 4 6 69
Thailand 2012 Group stage 3 1 0 2 7 30
Colombia 2016 Group stage 3 0 0 3 5 21
Total 3/8 10 1 0 9 18 120

Oceanian Futsal Championship[edit]

Oceanian Futsal Championship Record
Year Round Pld W D L GS GA
Australia 1992 Did not enter - - - - - -
Vanuatu 1996 Did not enter - - - - - -
Vanuatu 2000 Did not enter - - - - - -
Australia 2004 5th place 5 1 0 4 12 31
Fiji 2008 Champions 6 5 0 1 41 19
Fiji 2009 Champions 4 4 0 0 32 7
Fiji 2010 Champions 6 6 0 0 59 16
Fiji 2011 Champions 5 5 0 0 49 10
New Zealand 2013 5th place 3 1 0 2 11 15
New Caledonia 2014 Did not enter - - - - - -
Fiji 2016 Champions 5 5 0 0 23 3
Total 7/11 34 27 0 7 227 101

Confederations Cup[edit]

Confederations Cup Record
Year Round Pld W D L GS GA
Libya 2009 5th place 4 0 1 3 12 29
Brazil 2013 Did not enter
Kuwait 2014 Did not enter
Total 1/3 4 0 1 3 12 29

Current squad[edit]

The following players were called up for the 2016 FIFA Futsal World Cup[citation needed]
0#0 Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
1 1GK Phillip Mango (1995-08-28) 28 August 1995 (age 21) 0 0 Solomon Islands Marist Fire
2 1GK Paul Huia (1983-03-01) 1 March 1983 (age 34) 5 0 Solomon Islands Kossa
7 2DF James Egeta (1990-08-10) 10 August 1990 (age 26) 0 0 Australia Galaxy FC
10 2DF Samuel Osifelo (1991-03-15) 15 March 1991 (age 26) 0 0 Solomon Islands Kossa
14 2DF Alvin Hou (1996-09-18) 18 September 1996 (age 20) 0 0 Solomon Islands Marist Fire
3 3MF Elliot Ragomo (1990-05-28) 28 May 1990 (age 27) 1 0 Solomon Islands Marist Fire
5 3MF Francis Lafai (1991-10-21) 21 October 1991 (age 25) 0 0 Solomon Islands Marist Fire
6 3MF Robert Laua (1991-09-08) 8 September 1991 (age 25) 0 0 Solomon Islands Marist Fire
8 3MF Jeffery Bule (1991-11-15) 15 November 1991 (age 25) 0 0 Solomon Islands Marist Fire
9 3MF Micah Lea’alafa (1991-06-01) 1 June 1991 (age 26) 0 0 New Zealand Auckland City
10 3MF Jack Wetney (1990-03-04) 4 March 1990 (age 27) 0 0 Solomon Islands Solomon Warriors
4 4FW George Stevenson (1992-01-07) 7 January 1992 (age 25) 0 0 Solomon Islands Marist Fire
11 4FW Coleman Makau (1992-11-25) 25 November 1992 (age 24) 0 0 Solomon Islands Solomon Warriors
13 4FW Mathias Saru (1991-02-05) 5 February 1991 (age 26) 0 0 Solomon Islands Marist Fire

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