Football on the Cook Islands
On the Cook Islands, football takes third place after rugby union and rugby league. But if the countless women players were taken into account, the number would far exceed those for the other two sports put together. Among the women islanders, football is the second most widely played team sport after netball. The number of young players (both girls and boys) has also soared in the past few years. In 1998 and 2002, the Cook Islands national team qualified for the final round of the OFC Nations Cup. But so far, local players have not managed to break into foreign leagues. Joseph Chambers, however, a member of the national team for ten years (seven of which as captain) deserves a special mention.
Second Goal project
The project approved by the Goal Bureau on 7 November 2005 forms part of the Cook Islands Football Association "House of Football" scheme at Matavera on Rarotonga. The additional work foreseen under this project included dressing rooms for players and officials, a small grandstand with covered seating, media rooms and other public facilities, thus completing the infrastructure work started under project I. The aim of these improvements was to provide fully autonomous football administration at local and international level for Rarotonga.
Use of FAP funds
Financing of Goal project
National training centre and association headquarters
Project approved on
7 November 2005
Opened on 10 July 2009
Financed by
Goal USD 400,000 Total costs USD 400,000