OFC Beach Soccer Nations Cup has been drawn

The long-awaited OFC Beach Soccer Nations Cup has now been confirmed with four teams set to take part in the sand in Tahiti in June.

Tahiti beach soccer
Tahiti will try to defend their spot as the best beach soccer team in the region (Photo credit: La Dépêche de Tahiti/http://www.ladepeche.pf)

The original tournament was postponed last year as only four teams expressed interest, but now that a fifth team has joined, the tournament is set to go ahead as scheduled.

The tournament will see New Caledonia, Solomon Islands, hosts Tahiti, Tonga and Vanuatu take part.

Tonga are the last team to join the bandwagon and according to OFC Futsal and Beach Soccer Development Officer Paul Toohey, they were inspired by the 2013 Beach Soccer World Cup held in Tahiti.

“The new team is Tonga, and we are very proud to finally bring them into our Beach Soccer family. TFA Technical Director Kilifi Uele was very much inspired by FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup Tahiti 2013 and the Tongan team’s presence in this tournament is part of his vision, and the legacy of that World Cup,” Toohey told the OFC.

With five teams taking part, one team will have a rest day on every match day and with the tournament being such a condensed set up, that will surely be appreciated. The tournament goes from 17-22 June in Tahiti and there will be matches every single day.

Full Schedule

Match Day 1 – Mon 17 June

New Caledonia vs Solomon Islands

Tahiti vs Vanuatu

Tonga – Bye

Match Day 2 – Tue 18 June

Vanuatu vs Solomon Islands

Tahiti vs Tonga

New Caledonia – Bye

Match Day 3 – Wed 19 June

Solomon Islands vs Tonga

Vanuatu vs New Caledonia

Tahiti – Bye

Match Day 4 – Thu 20 June

Tonga vs New Caledonia

Solomon Islands vs Tahiti

Vanuatu – Bye

Match Day 5 – Fri 21 June

Tonga vs Vanuatu

New Caledonia vs Tahiti

Solomon Islands  – Bye

Match Day 6 – Sat 22 June

3rd Place  Play-Off

Final

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Author: Ola Bjerkevoll

A passion for everything football and especially in Oceania. Owner of Football in Oceania.

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