7 Sep 2006

Solomon Islands beach football team heading to Brazil

9:02 am on 7 September 2006

The Solomon Islands is once again celebrating the success of their football players who have qualified for the beach soccer to be held in Brazil later this year.

The Solo beach soccer side who beat Vanuatu 6-2 in Tahiti last weekend also created history by becoming the first team beside New Zealand and Australia to qualify for a FIFA world championship.

The president of the Solomon Islands Football Federation Marten Alufurai says the win will have a positive impact on the sport.

"This result will be very good for us in terms of development of the games because it encourages a lot more participation, and because of the small sided nature of the game. And it's easy for us to develop it from here because we've got quite a lot of beaches out in the provinces and all the villages. So all we need to now is just to formalise a national competition and then we will get most of our rural people and especially rural youth involved in this beach soccer team."