FIFA U-17 World Cup record
Solomon Islands have never previously competed in the FIFA U-17 World Cup. The Melanesian nation has previously featured in FIFA Futsal and Beach Soccer World Cups.
The road to Brazil
Backed by strong home support, Solomon Islands enjoyed an impressive campaign to qualify for the world stage during September 2018. They hit 15 goals without reply in topping their group, with their three wins highlighted by a stunning 5-0 win over holders New Zealand. The Solomons then eased past Fiji 3-1 to qualify amid scenes of wild celebration, but failed to win their maiden U-16 Championship after a penalty shoot-out defeat against New Zealand in the decider.
A former long-serving national team midfielder, Stanley Waita featured in three FIFA World Cup™ qualifying campaigns for Solomon Islands, including the nation’s storied continental play-offs against Australia in 2005. Waita also enjoyed an extensive club career which included stints aboard in New Zealand, Vanuatu and Papua New Guinea. His appointment as senior national team assistant in 2017 was followed by him being handed the U-17 reins in January 2018.
Did you know
- No country in Oceania enjoys stronger support for football than Solomon Islands, with five-figure crowds commonplace at Honiara’s Lawson Tama Stadium.
- Tournament top scorer and best player Raphael Le'ai, who scored eight goals, also played in the Men's Youth Olympic Futsal Tournament Buenos Aires 2018.