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Amonsgt the important activties are the 21st OFC Ordinary Congress, the visit of FIFA President Joseph S. Baltter for this elective OFC congress and the inauguration of the remodeled Pago Park Soccer Complex all on Saturday, January 15, 2011.
FFAS has farewelled the men’s team representing the territory at the OFC U-17 Championship New Zealand 2011 and also is getting ready to kickoff two high school competitions — the girls’ 11-a-side and for the first time, Futsal with the boys starting it off the girls taking their turn in March.
“This is going to be one very busy year for our staff and I,” explained CEO Tavita Taumua. “But we are up the challenge if we the staff work together as a team along with our club presidents and members.”
OFC 21st ORDINARY CONGRESS
All 11 OFC Member Association (MA) presidents will be in the territory to elect a new president to lead the FIFA’s smallest confederation for the next four years, a historic event as this will be the first time such an occasion will be held in American Samoa.
And to top it off, FIFA President Blatter will make an appearance for this occasion. Coming with him is FIFA General Secretary Jerome Valcke and a few other dignitaries.
FFAS President Iuli Alex Godinet briefed the majority of its club presidents in a meeting on Jan. 5 to explain this upcoming occurrence.
“I have met with Governor Togiola (Tulafono) and we are currently planning an ava ceremony to welcome Blatter and the other guests as well,” Iuli told the club leaders. “We will be finalizing those details as soon as we know Blatter’s itinerary.”
The OFC elective congress will be held at the Governor H. Rex Lee Auditorium in Utulei and various government and cultural leaders will be invited to the opening ceremony.
PAGO PARK SOCCER STADIUM INAUGURATON
The FFAS FIFA Goal Program Project phases II & III inauguration will be held following the conclusion of the 21st OFC Ordinary Congress on Jan. 15.
Guests are to include the above mentioned FIFA president and CEO as well as the newly elected OFC President as well as local government and cultural leaders.
The new playing surface, able to hold two FIFA internatonal size playing fields, will be blessed along with four team’s changing rooms, tool shed and executive committee offices.
Other new additions include public bathrooms behind the grandstand and a canteen.
OFC U-17 CHAMPIONSHIP NEW ZEALAND 2011
The team of 20 players and five officials are now quartered at Mt. Albert Grammar School in Auckland, NZ, preparing for their first match that kicks off today at 1:30 p.m. (local time) against Fiji.
Their match is the tournament opener at Albany’s North Harbour Stadium.
Live game updates can be found on oceaniafootball.com on the day and time of the match.
HIGH SCHOOL COMPETITIONS
The ASHSAA girls’ soccer competition kicks off on Saturday, Jan. 8, 2010 with defending varsity champs Fa’asao-Marist Cougars opening the defense of their title with a bye in the seven-team competition.
The other teams are Tafuna Warriors, Leone Lions, Samoana Sharks, Nu’uuli Voc-Tech Wildcas, Kananafou Stallions and Faga’itua Vikings.
Samoana, the junior varsity title defenders, take to the field against Faga’itua and there are only four teams in the division.
The schedule for this Saturday’s matches at Kananafou Theological Seminary in Tafuna is:
8:00 a.m. — Leone vs. Samoana (JV)
8:00 a.m. — Tafuna vs. Faga’itua (JV)
9:00 a.m. — Leone vs. Kananafou (V)
9:00 a.m. — Tafuna vs. Faga’itua (V)
9:00 a.m. — Nu’uuli vs. Samoana (V)
Futsal (indoor soccer) will be introduced into the high school sports curriculum for the first time with the boys starting it off on Tuesday, Jan. 11, 2011. The girls’ competition will start in March.
“Good luck to all the teams participating in these competitions,” Taumua said.

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