Football at the 2007 South Pacific Games

The 2007 South Pacific Games Football was held at the Toleafoa J.S. Blatter Complex in Apia, Samoa in from 25 August to 7 September 2007. [ [http://www.oceaniafootball.com/index.cgi?det=1&intArticleID=2304&sID=12 OFC - WORLD CUP & OLYMPIC MATCH SCHEDULE ANNOUNCED] OFC; 15 June 2007]

The Men's tournament formed the first stage of the Oceania Football Confederation's (OFC) qualification tournament for the 2010 FIFA World Cup and the qualification tournament for the 2008 OFC Nations Cup, [ [http://www.oceaniafootball.com/index.cgi?det=1&intArticleID=2031&sID=12 OFC - OFC 2010 FIFA WORLD CUP ROUTE VIA ASIA] OFC; 7 December 2006; Accessed 15 February 2007] while the Women's tournament formed the first stage of the OFC's qualification tournament for the 2008 Olympic Games. Both competitions had groups drawn on 12 June 2007. The Men's draw was undertaken by Tim Cahill, while the women's was assisted by Brandi Chastain.

New Caledonia's captain, Pierre Wajoka scored a ninth minute penalty against Tahiti in the opening fixture of the games, earning him the distinction of being the scorer of the first goal of the 2010 FIFA World Cup qualification process. Solomon Islands team mate Commins Menapi completed the tournament's first hat-trick, on his way to a double brace in the game against American Samoa. Later in the day at the same venue, Osea Vakatalesau of Fiji scored the 2010 World Cup's first double hat-trick as his side defeated Tuvalu 16–0.

Men's Tournament

The final accredited athlete list at the [http://www.sportingpulse.com/assoc_page.cgi?c=2-3567-0-0-0&sID=45925 SPG website] shows 10 entered sides. Papua New Guinea, although listed by FIFA as having applied for the 2010 World Cup, did not enter. Tuvalu did enter (although they were not eligible for the World Cup).

Group seedings

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Fa'arodo goal|43
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Molea goal|77
Takayama goal|90+2
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Poida goal|66
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Maemae goal|66
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Faaiuaso goal|29
Cahill goal|43|pen. goal|67
Fonoti goal|61
Michael goal|76
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attendance = 2,800
referee = Job Minan (Papua New Guinea)
----
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Sakama goal|43 goal|79 goal|90+1
Chichirua goal|56
Iwai goal|62
Tomake goal|72
Soromon goal|81 goal|84 goal|86 goal|90+2
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attendance = 200
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Taylor goal|83
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referee = Salaiau Sosongan (Papua New Guinea)
----
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Palu goal|54 goal|61
Uhatahi goal|86
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Fa'arodo goal|64
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referee = Averii Jacques (Tahiti)
----
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12:30 UTC-11
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Maemae goal|69
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Maleb goal|76
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attendance = 50
referee = Job Minan (Papua New Guinea)

emi-finals

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Menapi goal|47
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Toto goal|54
Mercier goal|90+4

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referee = Job Minan (Papua New Guinea)
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Vakatalesau goal|69|pen.
Krishna goal|70
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Bronze medal match

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Gold medal match

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The three medallists, New Caledonia, Fiji, and Vanuatu, advanced to the 2008 OFC Nations Cup (together with automatic qualifier New Zealand).

Advancement problems

Tuvalu

There remained some uncertainty as to what procedure would occur should Tuvalu advance - as they were not members of FIFA (and were therefore not entered in the 2010 FIFA World Cup). While no explicit ruling was communicated on this matter, comments in the press release for the OFC Second Stage draw referred to "nine eligible nations", suggesting that Tuvalu would not have advanced to the OFC Nations Cup regardless of their performance in the South Pacific Games. Had Tuvalu finished in a medal position, the fourth place team would presumably have qualified for the next round of qualifying with the other two medal winners and New Zealand. Tuvalu's early elimination from the competition put an end to any complication over the qualifying process for the next round.

This was the first time ever that a non-FIFA nation has competed in the World Cup. [ [http://uk.reuters.com/article/worldFootballNews/idUKL2392353120070823?feedType=RSS&feedName=worldFootballNews Long World Cup qualifying road starts in Samoa] Reuters; August 23 2007] The closest situation in the past was the case of New Caledonia during the 2006 World Cup qualifiers. However, they were at the time in the process of accession to the organisation, and were eliminated from contention for the finals just days before their final admission to the FIFA family.

Papua New Guinea

Papua New Guinea, having initially entered the 2010 World Cup and indicated their intention to enter the South Pacific Games, were involved in a dispute with their sporting authorities and failed to meet the official accreditation deadline for the South Pacific Games. This meant they were effectively disqualified from the World Cup.

Women's Tournament

This tournament was the first stage of qualification for the 2008 Olympic Games Women's Football Tournament. Vanuatu was listed as an entrant initially, but withdrew before the draw.

Group seedings

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Bryce goal|31|o.g.
Marmouyet goal|45+2
Marmouyet goal|88
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----footballbox
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20:00 UTC-11
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Note: while all other groups had the two final matches played simultaneously, this was not the case here.

emi-finals

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Banabas goal|62 goal|65
Alau goal|80
Winas goal|85
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Bronze medal match

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Gold medal match

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20:30 UTC-11
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team2 = fbw-rt|PNG
goals1 = Feke goal|21
goals2 = Winas goal|69
Midi goal|108
Banabas goal|119
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attendance =
referee = Neil Fox (New Zealand)

Papua New Guinea advanced to face New Zealand in a playoff game for a spot at the 2008 Olympics.

ee also

*Pacific Games

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