The Federated States Micronesia football coach Stan Foster says his young team will be back and better at the next Pacific Games in 2019.
The FSM were thumped 46-0 by Vanuatu on Tuesday - a new Games record - and conceded an astonishing 114 goals in their three group matches in Port Moresby.
Stan Foster says they came to Papua New Guinea with low expectations and he deliberately picked a team with the future in mind.
"Most of these [players] are in their late teenage years and that's why I selected this team. That was a bit of criticism I got before we even left was picking a young squad but it's no use picking older players that won't be around for the next four so I wanted these ones here for the next eight. Most of them are still boys and they're playing against men so I think they've done quite incredibly for their own size and experience. I think they've done really well."
Meanwhile Fiji's goal-less draw with Tahiti means they will face Papua New Guinea tomorrow afternoon in the Olympic qualifying semi finals, after the hosts beat Solomon Islands 2-1.
Vanuatu will play New Zealand in the other semi, after the Oly Whites outclassed New Caledonia 5-0 to top their group.
The Pacific Games playoffs, featuring Fiji, PNG, Tahiti and Vanuatu will take place next week.