16 Jul 2009

MOU signed between Oceania football Federation and Pacific Games Council

11:37 am on 16 July 2009

The Oceania football federation has signed a Memorandum of understanding with the Pacific Games Council in preparation for the Pacific Games in 2011.

The OFC general secretary, Tai Nicholas, says football was a huge success at the Samoa games in 2007 from 11 to 12 countries with 600 athletes and 50 officials.

He says the deal will benefit teams taking part and the games are doubly important because they world cup qualifiers.

"That means all the teams from the Cook Islands, American Samoa to the elite, Tahiti and New Caledonia can participate together. It will bring revenue, sponsorship and its the most watched event in the games and people go to the site, and if we can help Pacific games create revenue like that, then I think its all good."

The OFC general secretary, Tai Nicholas.