7 Jan 2008

American Samoa's Soccer Association facing court challenge

11:26 am on 7 January 2008

A court challenge to American Samoa's newly established soccer association has been delayed so the complainants can add further names to the list of defendants.

The complaint, filed by soccer club presidents Richard Ott, Clarence Crichton and Paul Solofa asks the High Court to invalidate the Football Federation of American Samoa which is the new umbrella body for soccer in the territory.

The plaintiffs claim the new federation was established illegally by the defendants, who were members of a now dissolved normalization committee.

The committee was set up two years ago by FIFA after infighting in the association threatened funding from the world body.

The normalization committee was dissolved last month after the election of officers for the new soccer federation.