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President’s 2010 Year-End Message

Despite the difficulties, we continued with a full calendar year of courses, programs, and most especially, competitions.
On that note I want to thank all our club presidents, clubs and members for helping to make this possible! Without your support and participation our programs and competitions would be useless.
I also extend our thanks to the village and leaders of Pago Pago, the ASG government and especially those agencies that we have dealt with this year and our partners – ASCO Motors, Blue Sky Communications Inc., GHC Reid & Co. and Coca-Cola, Lotto, National Pacific Insurance and Origin Energy.
Our competitions included the first Futsal league under FFAS while adding a knockout cup to the men’s National League. We got to see all 64 games of the 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa, thanks to many including Fiji’s Mai-TV, TVNZ, Blue Sky Communications Inc. and Moana-TV and KVZK-TV.
We also remember the loss of one of our young and budding players, Darren Smith ‘Mifi’ Tualaulelei who passed away this year.
Our FFAS Long-term Development Plan for the next four years was ironed out in a seminar earlier this month. I thought the workshop was a great success.
We held a groundbreaking ceremony for our FIFA Goal Projects II & III that will see new public bathrooms by the grand stand, a new tool shed, offices for our executive committee, four changing rooms and the extension of our field so that we can accommodate two international minimum-size fields.
The dedication ceremony for this project has been set for January 15, 2011. Also, OFC will elect it’s new president on that very same day in American Samoa! FIFA President Joseph S. Blatter will be on island for that OFC elective congress, a first time he will be visiting our little island.
We offered four scholarships this year to ASCC with three 2009-2010 high school graduates successfully applying for it.
For the first time under FFAS we competed in the OFC Women’s U-20 Championship, sending a squad of 20 players earlier in the year.
Just recently we partnered with First Lady Mary Ann Tulafono, Tai’ita’itama and the Boys & Girls Clubs of American Samoa and are in the midst of training our men’s U-17 team for the tournament that kicks off in New Zealand from January 8-19.
Our competitions run from January to December, literally, with High School competitions from January to April with our Futsal inserted inside these months. From May to June we held our outdoors 7-a-side league and Business tournament and then from July to December we had another successful Summer Youth competition as well as our National Leagues.
One great thing we are thankful for is our relationship with Kananafou Theological Seminary. Without that we would not have been able to hold our competitions at all this year due to the unavailability of our field.
We are now in the midst of improving that field as well with our maintenance crew using their expertise to improve it.
All in all, we have been the most active association all year long and we will continue to be so in the year to come as we prepare for the Men’s OFC U-17 and U-20 championships; will take part in the OFC Futsal Championships and also send our men and women’s teams off to the Pacific Games New Caledonia!
Remember, stay safe during these holidays, have a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.

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