Football at the Pacific Games

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Football at the Pacific Games
Team Tuvalu Pacific Games 2007.jpg
Tuvalu men's football team at the 2007 South Pacific Games in Samoa.
Founded1963
Region OFC (Oceania)
Current champions New Caledonia flags merged (2017).svg New Caledonia
 Men (2015)
Flag of Papua New Guinea.svg Papua New Guinea
 Women (2015)
Most successful team(s) New Caledonia flags merged (2017).svg New Caledonia
 Men (7 titles)
Flag of Papua New Guinea.svg Papua New Guinea
 Women (4 titles)
Soccerball current event.svg Football at the 2019 Pacific Games
(Men's, Women's)

Association football has been regularly included in the Pacific Games, the multi-sports event for Pacific nations, territories and dependencies, since 1963. Until 2011 the competition was known as the South Pacific Games. [1]

Association football Team field sport played between two teams of eleven players with spherical ball

Association football, more commonly known as football or soccer, is a team sport played with a spherical ball between two teams of eleven players. It is played by 250 million players in over 200 countries and dependencies, making it the world's most popular sport. The game is played on a rectangular field called a pitch with a goal at each end. The object of the game is to score by moving the ball beyond the goal line into the opposing goal.

Pacific Games multisports event

The Pacific Games is a multi-sport event, much like the Olympic Games, with participation exclusively from countries around the South Pacific Ocean. It is held every four years and began in 1963. The sixteenth edition of the Pacific Games will be held in Apia, Samoa during July 2019.

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Since 1971 the men's tournament has been held every four years, but was not played in 1999 due to contractual issues. In 2007, the men's competition doubled as the Oceania Football Confederation's preliminary qualifying competition for the 2010 FIFA World Cup. The men's tournament also became the Olympic qualifier for Oceania for the 2015 edition.

Oceania Football Confederation body for association football in Oceania

The Oceania Football Confederation (OFC) is one of the six continental confederations of international association football, consisting of New Zealand, Papua New Guinea, Fiji, Tonga, and other Pacific Island countries. It promotes the game in Oceania and allows the member nations to qualify for the FIFA World Cup.

2010 FIFA World Cup 19th FIFA World Cup, held in South Africa in 2010

The 2010 FIFA World Cup was the 19th FIFA World Cup, the world championship for men's national association football teams. It took place in South Africa from 11 June to 11 July 2010. The bidding process for hosting the tournament finals was open only to African nations. In 2004, the international football federation, FIFA, selected South Africa over Egypt and Morocco to become the first African nation to host the finals.

The women's tournament was introduced in 2003, and has doubled up as the preliminary qualifying competition for the Olympic Games since 2007.

Football at the Summer Olympics

Football at the Summer Olympics, commonly known as football or soccer has been included in every Summer Olympic Games as a men's competition sport, except 1896 and 1932. Women's football was added to the official program at the 1996 Atlanta Games.

Football has also been held at several editions of the Pacific Mini Games, starting with the first tournament in 1981. [2]

Pacific Mini Games

The Pacific Mini Games is a multi-sport event contested by countries and territories located in Oceania. It was known as the South Pacific Mini Games prior to 2009. The event has been held every four years since the inaugural games in Honiara, Solomon Islands in 1981. It is called the 'Mini' games because it is a scaled-down version of the main Pacific Games and is similarly rotated on a four-year basis in the intervening years between the main games.

Pacific Games

Participating nations

Numbers refer to the final placing of each team at the respective Games, with the host nations shown in bold. – See also the §Key to symbols within this section below the two tables.

Men's teams


Games
Nation
63 66 69 71 75 79 83 87 91 95 99 03 07 11 15 19 23 Years
played
Flag of American Samoa.svg  American Samoa P6PP4
Flag of the Cook Islands.svg  Cook Islands 6PPP4
Flag of Fiji.svg  Fiji 24542213124412
Flag of Guam.svg  Guam P6PPP5
Flag of Kiribati.svg  Kiribati 9*PP3
Flag of Federated States of Micronesia.svg  Micronesia (F.S.) PP2
New Caledonia flags merged (2017).svg  New Caledonia 121124313P211114
Flag of New Zealand.svg  New Zealand 1
Flag of Niue.svg  Niue P1
Flag of the Northern Mariana Islands.svg  Northern Marianas 0
Flag of Papua New Guinea.svg  Papua New Guinea P434P9*43PPPP313
Flag of Samoa.svg  Samoa 9*5*P3
Flag of the Solomon Islands.svg  Solomon Islands 4P633P22P42P12
Flag of French Polynesia.svg  Tahiti 31231112P14P3214
Flag of Tuvalu.svg  Tuvalu 7*PPP4
Flag of Tonga.svg  Tonga 7*PPP4
Flag of Vanuatu.svg  Vanuatu P352P5P44433PP14
Flag of Wallis and Futuna.svg  Wallis and Futuna P9*5*5PP6
Number of teams
All time total: 18
6666712116891010118#14
Editions

Women's teams


Games
Nation
03 07 11 15 19 23 Years
played
Flag of American Samoa.svg  American Samoa PP2
Flag of the Cook Islands.svg  Cook Islands PP33
Flag of Fiji.svg  Fiji 533P4
Flag of Guam.svg  Guam 2P2
Flag of Kiribati.svg  Kiribati 71
New Caledonia flags merged (2017).svg  New Caledonia P223
Flag of Papua New Guinea.svg  Papua New Guinea 11114
Flag of Samoa.svg  Samoa P42
Flag of the Solomon Islands.svg  Solomon Islands PPP3
Flag of French Polynesia.svg  Tahiti 44P3
Flag of Tonga.svg  Tonga 324P4
Flag of Vanuatu.svg  Vanuatu 61
Number of teams
All time total: 12
79974
Editions

Legend

Key to symbols
1Gold medal for first placennth place (e.g. 5 is fifth place)
2Silver medal for second placePPool or group stage elimination
3Bronze medal for third place*Asterisk for shared placing (e.g. 5* is equal fifth)
4Fourth place#Contested by under-23 national teams only
Did not playWithdrew before competition (did not play)
Played in the tournament (FIFA qualification) but excluded from the Pacific Games placings

Men's tournament

Results by year

The table below is a summary of the finals matches in men's football at the Pacific Games since 1963: [2]

YearHost cityFinalThird place match
GoldScoreSilverBronzeScoreFourth place
1963 Flag of Fiji (1924-1970).svg
Suva
Flag of France (1794-1815, 1830-1958).svg
New Caledonia
8–2Flag of Fiji (1924-1970).svg
Fiji
Flag of France.svg
Tahiti
18–0Flag of the Solomon Islands (1956-1966).svg
Solomon Islands
1966 Flag of France (1794-1815, 1830-1958).svg
Nouméa
Flag of France.svg
Tahiti
2–0Flag of France (1794-1815, 1830-1958).svg
New Caledonia
Flag of New Hebrides.svg
New Hebrides
5–2Flag of Papua New Guinea (1965-1970).svg
PapuaNewGuinea
1969 Flag of Papua New Guinea (1965-1970).svg
Port Moresby
Flag of France (1794-1815, 1830-1958).svg
New Caledonia
2–1Flag of France.svg
Tahiti
Flag of Papua New Guinea (1965-1970).svg
PapuaNewGuinea
2–1Flag of Fiji (1924-1970).svg
Fiji
1971 Flag of France.svg
Papeete
Flag of France (1794-1815, 1830-1958).svg
New Caledonia
7–1Flag of New Hebrides.svg
New Hebrides
Flag of France.svg
Tahiti
8–1Flag of Papua New Guinea 1970.svg
PapuaNewGuinea
1975 Flag of Guam.svg
Tumon
Flag of France.svg
Tahiti
2–1Flag of France (1794-1815, 1830-1958).svg
New Caledonia
Flag of the Solomon Islands.svg
Solomon Islands
3–2Flag of Fiji.svg
Fiji
1979 Flag of Fiji.svg
Suva
Flag of France.svg
Tahiti
3–0Flag of Fiji.svg
Fiji
Flag of the Solomon Islands.svg
Solomon Islands
3–1Flag of France (1794-1815, 1830-1958).svg
New Caledonia
1983 Flag of Samoa.svg
Apia
Flag of France.svg
Tahiti
1–0Flag of Fiji.svg
Fiji
Flag of France (1794-1815, 1830-1958).svg
New Caledonia
2–1Flag of Papua New Guinea.svg
PapuaNewGuinea
1987 Flag of France (1794-1815, 1830-1958).svg
Nouméa
Flag of France (1794-1815, 1830-1958).svg
New Caledonia
1–0Flag of French Polynesia.svg
Tahiti
Flag of Papua New Guinea.svg
PapuaNewGuinea
3–1Flag of Vanuatu.svg
Vanuatu
1991 Flag of Papua New Guinea.svg
Port Moresby
Flag of Fiji.svg
Fiji
1–1
(pen.)
Flag of the Solomon Islands.svg
Solomon Islands
Flag of France (1794-1815, 1830-1958).svg
New Caledonia
3–1Flag of Vanuatu.svg
Vanuatu
1995 Flag of French Polynesia.svg
Papeete
Flag of French Polynesia.svg
Tahiti
2–0Flag of the Solomon Islands.svg
Solomon Islands
Flag of Fiji.svg
Fiji
3–0Flag of Vanuatu.svg
Vanuatu
1999No football tournament in 1999
2003 Flag of Fiji.svg
Suva
Flag of Fiji.svg
Fiji
2–0Flag of France (1794-1815, 1830-1958).svg
New Caledonia
Flag of Vanuatu.svg
Vanuatu
1–0Flag of French Polynesia.svg
Tahiti
2007 Flag of Samoa.svg
Apia
Flag of France (1794-1815, 1830-1958).svg
New Caledonia
1–0Flag of Fiji.svg
Fiji
Flag of Vanuatu.svg
Vanuatu
2–0Flag of the Solomon Islands.svg
Solomon Islands
2011 Flag of FLNKS.svg
Nouméa
New Caledonia flags merged (2017).svg
New Caledonia
2–0Flag of the Solomon Islands.svg
Solomon Islands
Flag of French Polynesia.svg
Tahiti
2–1Flag of Fiji.svg
Fiji
2015 Flag of Papua New Guinea.svg
Port Moresby
New Caledonia flags merged (2017).svg
New Caledonia
2–0Flag of French Polynesia.svg
Tahiti
Flag of Papua New Guinea.svg
PapuaNewGuinea
2–1Flag of Fiji.svg
Fiji
2019 Flag of Samoa.svg
Apia
2023 Flag of the Solomon Islands.svg
Honiara

Medalists: men's teams

TeamWinnerRunner-upThird PlaceFourth Place
New Caledonia flags merged (2017).svg  New Caledonia 7 (63', 69', 71', 87', 07', 11', 15')3 (66', 75', 03')2 (83', 91')1 (79')
Flag of French Polynesia.svg  Tahiti (French Polynesia)5 (66', 75', 79', 83', 95')3 (69', 87', 15')3 (63', 71', 11')1 (03')
Flag of Fiji.svg  Fiji 2 (91', 03')4 (63', 79', 83', 07')1 (95')4 (69', 75', 11', 15')
Flag of the Solomon Islands.svg  Solomon Islands 3 (91', 95', 11')2 (75', 79')2 (63', 07')
Flag of Vanuatu.svg  Vanuatu (New Hebrides)1 (71')3 (66', 03', 07')3 (87', 91', 95')
Flag of Papua New Guinea.svg  Papua New Guinea 3 (69', 87', 15')3 (66', 71', 83')

Top goalscorers: men

YearPlayerGoals
1963–1995Unknown-
2003 Flag of Fiji.svg Esala Masi 11
2007 Flag of Fiji.svg Osea Vakatalesau 10
2011 Flag of FLNKS.svg Bertrand Kaï 10
2015 Flag of Vanuatu.svg Jean Kaltack 17

Women's tournament

Results summary

The table below is a summary of the finals matches in the women's football competition at the Pacific Games since 2003.

Papua New Guinea won the first four tournament finals, including against hosts New Caledonia in 2011 [3] and as hosts against New Caledonia in 2015. [4]

YearHost cityFinalThird place match
GoldScoreSilverBronzeScoreFourth place
2003   Flag of Fiji.svg [5]
Suva
Flag of Papua New Guinea.svg
PapuaNewGuinea
round-robin Flag of Guam.svg
Guam
Flag of Tonga.svg
Tonga
round-robin Flag of Guam.svg
Guam
2007   Flag of Samoa.svg [6]
Apia
Flag of Papua New Guinea.svg
PapuaNewGuinea
3–1Flag of Tonga.svg
Tonga
Flag of Fiji.svg
Fiji
1–0Flag of French Polynesia.svg
Tahiti
2011   Flag of FLNKS.svg [7]
Nouméa
Flag of Papua New Guinea.svg
PapuaNewGuinea
2–1New Caledonia flags merged (2017).svg
New Caledonia
Flag of Fiji.svg
Fiji
1–0Flag of Tonga.svg
Tonga
2015 Flag of Papua New Guinea.svg
Port Moresby
Flag of Papua New Guinea.svg
PapuaNewGuinea
1–0New Caledonia flags merged (2017).svg
New Caledonia
Flag of the Cook Islands.svg
Cook Islands
2–0Flag of Samoa.svg
Samoa
2019 Flag of Samoa.svg
Apia
2023 Flag of the Solomon Islands.svg
Honiara

Medalists: women's teams

TeamWinnerRunner-upThird PlaceFourth Place
Flag of Papua New Guinea.svg Papua New Guinea 4 (03', 07', 11', 15')
Flag of FLNKS.svg New Caledonia 2 (11', 15')
Flag of Tonga.svg Tonga 1 (07')1 (03')1 (11')
Flag of Guam.svg Guam 1 (03')
Flag of Fiji.svg Fiji 2 (07', 11')
Flag of the Cook Islands.svg Cook Islands 1 (15')
Flag of French Polynesia.svg Tahiti 2 (03', 07')
Flag of Samoa.svg Samoa 1 (15')

Top goalscorers: women

YearPlayerGoals
2003Unknown-
2007 Flag of Tonga.svg Penateti Feke4
2011 Flag of FLNKS.svg Christelle Wahnawe12
2015 Flag of FLNKS.svg Christelle Wahnawe10

Pacific Mini Games

Men

The table below is a summary of the medal matches played in the men's competition at the Pacific Mini Games:

YearHost cityFinalThird place match
GoldScoreSilverBronzeScoreFourth place
1981 Flag of the Solomon Islands.svg
Honiara
Flag of France.svg
Tahiti
1–0
(a.e.t.)
Flag of France (1794-1815, 1830-1958).svg
New Caledonia
Flag of Papua New Guinea.svg
Papua New Guinea
1–0Flag of Vanuatu.svg
Vanuatu
1993 Flag of Vanuatu.svg
Port Vila
Flag of French Polynesia.svg
Tahiti
3–0Flag of Fiji.svg
Fiji
Flag of France (1794-1815, 1830-1958).svg
New Caledonia
2–1Flag of Vanuatu.svg
Vanuatu
2017 Flag of Vanuatu.svg
Port Vila
Flag of Vanuatu.svg
Vanuatu
round-robin Flag of Fiji.svg
Fiji
Flag of the Solomon Islands.svg
Solomon Islands
round-robin Flag of Tuvalu.svg
Tuvalu

Women

As of 2019, women's football has only been hosted once at the Pacific Mini Games – at Vanuatu in 2017. The table below is a summary of the medal matches played in the women's competition:

YearHost cityFinalThird place match
GoldScoreSilverBronzeScoreFourth place
2017 Flag of Vanuatu.svg
Port Vila
Flag of Vanuatu.svg
Vanuatu
2–1Flag of Fiji.svg
Fiji
Flag of Tonga.svg
Tonga
1–0Flag of the Solomon Islands.svg
Solomon Islands

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