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. 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]

1979 South Pacific Games[edit]

The Tuvaluan team, captained by Karl Tili,[Note 1] played three international matches in the 1979 South Pacific Games, held in Fiji, with Kokea Malu as the coach. There, the team recorded both a large win, 5–3 against Tonga,[6] and its worst defeat, losing 18–0 to Tahiti in the first game of the competition.[7] Tuvalu recovered to beat Tonga in the second game, however in the third game Tuvalu was defeated by New Caledonia 10-2.[7] The next game was against Kiribati, which was drawn 3-3;[7] however Tuvalu won the replay game 7-5.[7] In the final game of the first round Tuvalu was defeated by Guam 7-2.[7]

2003 South Pacific Games[edit]

In the match in the lead-up to the 2003 South Pacific Games, Tuvalu played a friendly game against Fiji and were defeated 9-0.[8]

Tuvalu also participated in four games at the 2003 South Pacific Games again held in Fiji, with Tim Jerks as the coach. After defeating Kiribati 3-2 in their opening game,[9][6] Tuvalu again played Fiji, in this game Fiji won 4-0.[9] In the game against Vanuatu, Tuvalu was defeated 1-0.[9] In the final game of the tournament against Solomon Islands, Tuvalu was defeated 4-0.[9] Tuvalu finished fourth out of five in Pool A.[10]

Tuvalu Team, Pacific Games 2007

2007 World Cup and OFC nations cup qualifications[edit]

In 2007, with Toakai Puapua as the coach, and Petio Semaia as the captain,[Note 2] Tuvalu became the first non FIFA member to participate in an official World Cup qualifying match.[12] The situation arose when the regional governing body used the football competition at 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. Fiji defeated Tuvalu 16-0.[13][14] However Tuvalu fought hard against New Caledonia (who were joint leaders of the competition) and only lost 1-0.[13][15] Tuvalu then drew 1–1 with Tahiti,[6] with a late equaliser from Viliamu Sekifu,[11][16][17] However the Cook Islands defeated Tuvalu 4-1.[13] The Cook Islands team was coached by Tim Jerks who had previously coached Tuvalu.[18]

2011 Pacific Games[edit]

Okilani Tinilau in action against Vanuatu (2011)

2011 the Tuvalu National Football Association signed Dutch coach Foppe de Haan as the coach on a part-time and volunteer basis.[19]

De Haan previously coached SC Heerenveen, Ajax Cape Town and the Dutch national U-21 team. In the match in the lead-up to the 2011 Pacific Games De Hann started his tenure with a 3–0 victory over Samoa,[20][21][22] with Tuvalu captained by Mau Penisula. Alopua Petoa scored all three goals.[23]

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,[24][25][26] with a hat-trick from 19-year-old Alopua Petoa.[27] The third match was not as successful, with the side going down 5–1 to Vanuatu.[24][28] After losing 8-0 to New Caledonia,[24][29] and 6-1 to Solomon Islands,[24][30] the Tuvaluan team drew the game with Guam 1-1.[24][31] The Tuvaluan team finished equal with Guam in Pool A with four points.

De Haan left his post after the tournament to rejoin Heerenveen's youth programme.[32]

Dutch Support Tuvalu Foundation[edit]

Logo of Dutch Support Tuvalu Foundation

The Tuvalu national football team received support from the Dutch Support Tuvalu Foundation, which is a foundation in the Netherlands.[33]

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]

The Tuvalu team and the activities of the Dutch Support Tuvalu Foundation are the focus of Mission Tuvalu (Missie Tuvalu) (2013) a feature documentary directed by Jeroen van den Kroonenberg.

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.[34] 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]

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

Historical Kits[edit]

Tuvalu national football team (2011)
2003 Home
2007 Home
2011 Home

Sources: 2007[35]

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 27) 3 0 Tuvalu Tofaga
15 1GK Faiana Ofati (1991-02-02) February 2, 1991 (age 24) 0 0 Tuvalu Lakena United
22 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 25) 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 27) 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 36) 8 0 Tuvalu Nauti
25 2DF Maalosi Alefaio (1993-01-19) January 19, 1993 (age 22) 0 0 New Zealand Te Atatu AFC
6 3MF Mau Penisula (c) (1979-05-15) May 15, 1979 (age 36) 14 0 Fiji Addisbrough FC
7 3MF Vaisua Liva (1993-01-20) January 20, 1993 (age 22) 6 0 New Zealand Waitakere City F.C.
8 3MF Okilani Tinilau (1989-01-02) January 2, 1989 (age 26) 3 0 Tuvalu Manu Laeva
10 3MF James Lepaio (1992-06-09) June 9, 1992 (age 23) 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 25) 3 0 Tuvalu Nauti
16 3MF Uota Ale (1986-06-06) June 6, 1986 (age 29) 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 25) 0 0 New Zealand Waitakere City F.C.
21 3MF Amatusi Telogo (1989-01-30) January 30, 1989 (age 26) 0 0 Tuvalu Nanumaga
23 3MF Petio Semaia (1979-02-23) February 23, 1979 (age 36) 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 25) 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: [36] [37]

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 Alopua Petoa (2011)

Goalscorers with an equal number of goals are ranked in chronological order of reaching the milestone (starting from, the bottom of the list).

# Name Career Goals Caps
1 Alopua Petoa[38] 2011– 6 5
2 Lutelu Tiute[39] 2011– 1 5
Togavai Stanley[40] 2011– 1 4
James Lepaio[41] 2011– 1 5
Uota Ale[42] 2011– 1 2
Vilamu Sekifu[11] 2007 1 3
Petio Semaia 2003-2007 1 6
Paenui Fagota 2003-2007 1 7
Kivoli Manoa 2003 1 4
  • Bold denotes players still playing international football.

Player of the year[edit]

In 2014 for the first time in history a Tuvaluan Player of the year was chosen. Sepetaio Willie was the first player who received this honor.[43][44]

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]

External links[edit]

Notes[edit]

Footnotes
  1. ^ Tuvalu Squad 1979: Karl TILI [captain] (midfielder); Saipolua TANU (goalkeeper); Alefaio SEMESE (utility man); Salu MAREKO (sweeper); Teaki FALEFAEA (right defender); Panapa ISAIA (right defender); Filemoni PANISI (left defender); Seti MAINA [Seti SAFEGA] (defender); Nasona FAKALUPE (central midfielder); Kausea NATANO (left winger); Penipelite TALAFOU (centre forward); Simeona IOSIA (centre forward); Siliva TIMO (right winger); Lotoala Metia TEALOFI (left winger); Saifoloi Metia TEALOFI (centre forward); Coach: Kokea MALU.[5]
  2. ^ Tuvalu Squad 2007: 8. Petio SEMAIA (captain); 19. Jay TIMO (goalkeeper); 4. Mau PENISULA; 5. Lolesi VAIA; 6. Paitela KELEMENE; 7. Papua ULISESE; 9. Mati FUSI; 11. Paeniu FAGOTA; 13. Fulisagafou HAUMA; 15. Jelly SELAU; 16. Imo FIAMALUA; 1. Moresi VALOAGA; 2. Polu TANEI; 3. Onosemu NEEMIA; 5. Lolesi VAIA; 10. Semese ALEFAIO; 14. Peniuna KAITU; 17. Hetoa KAIO; 18. Tapeni LETUETI; 20. Viliamu SEKIFU; 22. Pelesia TEISINI; Coach: Pokai PUAPUA.[11]
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