Football on the Solomon Islands
Football is by far the most popular sport on these 962 islands that are split into ten different regions. In 2001, their U-15 team was invited for the first time to take part in the Milk Cup in Ireland and the Liverpool Knowsley Cup in England. They were very successful. Some of their players have managed to turn professional with clubs in the Australian National League. Their best-known players are Dummins Menapi (Sydney United), Henry Luito Fa'arodo (Melbourne Knights) and Bartrum Suri (with top clubs in Tahiti, Fiji and Australia - including the Football Kingz based in Auckland, New Zealand). No doubt more talent will be discovered as a result of the development work being pursued in the youth sector.
The second Goal project
The refurbished stadium has brought new life to the Solomon Islands, and the national team's surprising triumphs inspired the government to donate almost three hectares to the football association.  This formed the basis for the second Goal project, namely the construction of a football academy including offices for the association, which was approved by the Goal Bureau on 22 September 2004. The existence of a football centre will simplify administrative and technical work and streamline communications with regional associations and clubs. The complex will be available principally to youth and women's football and there is a project in the pipelines to coach young talent.
Use of FAP funds
Financing of Goal project
Technical centre in Honiara
Project approved
22 September 2004
Opened on 26 November 2005
Financed by
Goal USD 400,000 FAP USD 60,000 Total cost USD 460,000