Solomon Islands have appeared in three FIFA Beach Soccer World Cups and are the undisputed beach soccer kings of Oceania. Despite solid performances, including wins against Cameroon (5:2) and El Salvador (6:3) in 2006 and 2008 respectively, the Bilikiki Boys have never made it to the quarter-finals. Henry Koto's side have had a bit of bad fortune at previous draws, with eventual finalists Italy and third-placed Portugal in their group last year. At Rio de Janeiro in 2007, they were grouped with finalists Brazil and Mexico. And in 2006, finalists Uruguay and semi-finalists Portugal joined them in Group C.
Solomon Islands reigned supreme at the 2009 Tahiti Nui Beach Soccer Championship to book passage to Dubai. In a hard fought final at Temae Beach, Gibson Hosea Purasi scored from long range to give the Bilikiki Boys a 1-0 win over Vanuatu. Tahiti and Fiji took third and fourth place.
Though reasonably successful in terms of goal production in Rio de Janeiro and Marseille, the 'Brazilians of the South Pacific' have struggled to defend adequately and will be looking to do better at both ends of the pitch in Dubai. With the pace and trickery of captain James Naka on their side, fans will have high hopes for their Bilikiki heroes. "In Dubai our goal will be to reach the second round. We'll give it all we've got to get through the group phase," said Solomons coach Henry Koto
Solomon Islands have been the sole representative from Oceania in the history of the FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup. Naka has scored an impressive 29 goals in three qualifying tournaments, 12 more than his nearest rival.
The numbers game
16 - In each of their three previous FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup appearances, Solomon Islands have ranked 16th out of 16 teams in terms of the number of goals that they have conceded during the group stage.