U12 Fiji & Kiribati football teams play in New Caledonia


The OFC U-12 Festival of Football is removed from the traditional tournament format by introducing a compulsory cultural element to the football aspect of the event. All teams are required to partake in a day of cultural exchange designed to promote understanding between players and of their surroundings and create friendships with their peers.

The first OFC U-12 Festival of Football was held in 2006 in Fiji with the competition won by New Zealand’s United Soccer1 squad led by Keith Pritchett and Cameron Mitchell.

The 2008 Festival will take place on May 28-30 in Noumea, New Caledonia.


Wednesday, 14 May 08, 03:36 PM

SOUTH TARAWA - Each year the Oceania Football Confederation (OFC) Youth Festival welcomes a raft of new smiling faces from around the region and the third edition in Noumea is no different.

Kiribati - an island nation comprising 32 atolls and one raised coral reef will send a team of budding under 12 footballers to Stade Pentecost and Stade Numa Daly to make new friends, meet world famous stars such as Christian Karembeu and Zinedine Zidane - and dream of qualifying for the Danone Nations Cup 2009.

Kiribati youngsters will travel to New Caledonia with a squad of ten boys and two girls lead by Tuanako Bouto and Kireata Ruteru as twenty teams descend on the French Overseas Territory of New Caledonia for the three day event featuring twenty teams from around the region.

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Published on 25/05/2008

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