Solomon Islands women's national football team

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Solomon Islands
Shirt badge/Association crest
AssociationSolomon Islands Football Federation (SIFF)
ConfederationOFC (Oceania)
Head coachDaniel Seels
CaptainLaydah Samani
Most capsIleen Pegi (14)
Top scorerLaydah Samani (6)
Home stadiumLawson Tama Stadium
FIFA codeSOL
First colours
Second colours
FIFA ranking
Current 114 Decrease 3 (27 September 2019)[1]
Highest92 (2009)
Lowest142 (July 2015)
First international
 Papua New Guinea 6–1  Solomon Islands
(Lae, Papua New Guinea; 9 April 2007)
Biggest win
 Solomon Islands 4–0  Tonga
(Auckland, New Zealand; 29 September 2010)
 American Samoa 0–4  Solomon Islands
(Nouméa, New Caledonia; 1 September 2011)
Biggest defeat
 Solomon Islands 0–8  New Zealand
(Lae, Papua New Guinea; 11 April 2007)
 New Zealand 8–0  Solomon Islands
(Auckland, New Zealand; 5 October 2010)
OFC Women's Nations Cup
Appearances2 (first in 2007)
Best resultFourth place, 2010

The Solomon Islands women's national football team represents Solomon Islands in international women's association football. The team is controlled by the Solomon Islands Football Federation (SIFF) and is affiliated to the Oceania Football Confederation (OFC). Their current head coach is the former footballer Timothy Inifiri.

Despite having not yet qualified for a FIFA Women's World Cup, the Solomon Islands finished fourth in the OFC Women's Nations Cup twice, in 2007 and 2010. The team is one of the youngest national teams in Oceania, having played its first match in April 2007.

History[edit]

Solomon Islands disputed its first game on 9 April 2007, for the eight OFC Women's Nations Cup, celebrated in their neighbour country Papua New Guinea. Their first rival was the host team, against whom the team lost 6–1. Prudence Fula became the Solomon Islands' first scorer ever.[2] The nation finished last in the four-team tournament, after a heavy loss with New Zealand[3] and a goalless tie against Tonga. Noel Wagapu coached the team,[4] which consisted of former players of the under-17, under-19 and under-20 national teams.[5]

With Timothy Infiri as the team's manager, the Solomon Islands did an average performance at the 2007 South Pacific Games football tournament in Apia, Samoa. There, the national team managed to achieve its first victory, 3–0 facing American Samoa.[6] Unfortunately, they couldn't advance to the semi-finals due to two losses; with Fiji and Papua New Guinea.

Solomon Islands returned in the 2010 OFC Women's Championship, celebrated in New Zealand. The team was drawn in Group B, along with Papua New Guinea, Tonga and Fiji. The Solomon Islands qualified for the semi-finals after winning to Tonga and tying with Fiji. The team was beaten by the Football Ferns of New Zealand 8–0 in the semi-finals and 2–0 by the Cook Islands in the third-place match.

The team failed to past the group stage in the 2011 Pacific Games tournament. Solomon Islands only won over American Samoa 4–0 and lost the other three games. However, they managed to achieve their best result against Papua New Guinea, a narrow 1–0 loss.[7]

The national team's most recent appearance was in the 2015 Pacific Games, after not entering the 2014 OFC Women's Nations Cup. Solomon Islands was defeated in all of its three matches.

Records[edit]

FIFA World Cup record[edit]

FIFA World Cup record FIFA World Cup
qualification record
Year Result Position Pld W D L GF GA Pld W D L GF GA
China 1991 Did not enter
Sweden 1995
United States 1999
United States 2003
China 2007 Did not qualify 3 0 1 2 1 14
Germany 2011 5 1 1 3 5 12
Canada 2015 Did not enter
France 2019 Did Not Qualify 3 1 1 1 2 1
Total 11 2 3 6 8 27

Olympic Games[edit]

Olympic Games record Olympic Games
qualification record
Year Result Position Pld W D L GF GA Pld W D L GF GA
United States 1996 Ineligible No Qualifying Process
Australia 2000
Greece 2004 Did not enter
China 2008 Did not qualify 4 1 1 2 4 8
United Kingdom 2012 Did not enter
Brazil 2016 Did not qualify 3 0 0 3 2 12
Japan 2020 To Be Determined
Total 7 1 1 5 6 20

OFC Nations Cup record[edit]

OFC Nations Cup record
Year Result Position Pld W D L GF GA
New Caledonia 1983 Did not enter
New Zealand 1986
Australia 1989
Australia 1991
Papua New Guinea 1994
New Zealand 1998
Australia 2003
Papua New Guinea 2007 Fourth place 4th 3 0 0 3 1 14
New Zealand 2010 Fourth place 4th 5 1 1 3 5 12
Papua New Guinea 2014 Did not enter
New Caledonia 2018 Qualification Round 10th 3 1 1 1 2 1
Total Fourth place 2/10 11 2 3 6 8 27

Pacific Games[edit]

Pacific Games record
Year Result Position Pld W D L GF GA
Fiji 2003 Did not enter
Samoa 2007 Group stage 6th 4 1 1 2 4 8
New Caledonia 2011 Group stage 7th 4 1 0 3 4 6
Papua New Guinea 2015 Group stage 7th 3 0 0 3 2 12
Samoa 2019 To Be Determined
Solomon Islands 2023
Total Group stage 3/4 11 2 1 8 10 26

All-time record against other nations[edit]

Against Pld Won Drawn Lost GF GA GD
 American Samoa 2 2 0 0 7 0 +7
 Cook Islands 2 0 1 1 1 3 −2
 Fiji 2 0 1 1 0 3 −3
 New Caledonia 2 0 0 2 1 11 −10
 New Zealand 2 0 0 2 0 16 −16
 Papua New Guinea 4 0 0 4 2 13 −11
 Samoa 1 0 0 1 1 2 −1
 Tahiti 1 0 0 1 0 2 −2
 Tonga 3 1 1 1 4 2 +2
Total 19 3 3 33 16 52 −36

Recent Results & Fixtures[edit]

2019[edit]

Current squad[edit]

The following players were called up for the 2019 Pacific Games from 7–20 July in Apia, Samoa.

Caps and goals updated as of 15 July 2019, after the game against the Cook Islands.

No. Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
1 1GK Margaret Kofela (1999-08-17) 17 August 1999 (age 20) 4 0 Australia Monaro Panthers
12 1GK Sylvester Maenu'u (1993-10-08) 8 October 1993 (age 25) 3 0 Solomon Islands Koloale

2 2DF Mesalyn Saepo 10 1 Solomon Islands
3 2DF Edith Nari (2003-08-28) 28 August 2003 (age 16) 10 0 Solomon Islands Marist
4 2DF Liza Solo (1997-09-27) 27 September 1997 (age 22) 7 0 Australia Monaro Panthers
14 2DF Janisa Onika (1994-10-30) 30 October 1994 (age 24) 9 0 Solomon Islands
15 2DF Cathy Aihunu (1995-06-23) 23 June 1995 (age 24) 12 1 Solomon Islands Koloale
19 2DF Jemina David (1994-12-04) 4 December 1994 (age 24) 7 1 Solomon Islands WanSOL

6 3MF Merina Joe (1995-05-05) 5 May 1995 (age 24) 11 1 Solomon Islands Koloale
8 3MF Wendy Basil (1998-08-19) 19 August 1998 (age 21) 6 0 Solomon Islands Marist
9 3MF Mary Meafiti 7 0 Solomon Islands
13 3MF Delmay Waihaho (1996-08-27) 27 August 1996 (age 23) 0 0 Solomon Islands Koloale
16 3MF Francina Mautai 2 0 Solomon Islands
17 3MF Alisha Donga (2002-04-12) 12 April 2002 (age 17) 1 0 Solomon Islands Solomon Warriors
18 3MF Agnes Noisi (1998-10-06) 6 October 1998 (age 20) 8 0 Solomon Islands Koloale
20 2DF Glence Rose 0 0 Solomon Islands

5 4FW Imelda Tehekeni (1998-09-14) 14 September 1998 (age 21) 7 0 Solomon Islands Marist
7 4FW Ileen Pegi (1992-07-18) 18 July 1992 (age 27) 18 3 Solomon Islands Koloale
10 4FW Crystal Bakolo (1986-12-25) 25 December 1986 (age 32) 17 2 Solomon Islands Koloale
11 4FW Laydah Samani (1992-02-18) 18 February 1992 (age 27) 17 7 Australia Monaro Panthers

Recent call-ups[edit]

The following players have been called up for the team in the last 12 months.

No. Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
2DF Rosie Sambiru (2000-12-24) 24 December 2000 (age 18) 7 0 Solomon Islands Koloale
2DF Elsie Kwaeotolo (1995-05-18) 18 May 1995 (age 24) 5 1 Solomon Islands
2DF Rose Oge (2000-09-21) 21 September 2000 (age 19) 0 0 Solomon Islands WanSOL

3MF Joy Timo (1993-12-22) 22 December 1993 (age 25) 3 0 Solomon Islands Koloale
3MF Serah Ragomo (1994-05-15) 15 May 1994 (age 25) 3 0 Solomon Islands Solomon Warriors
3MF Muriel Gua (2001-03-18) 18 March 2001 (age 18) 3 0 Solomon Islands Koloale

Match results[edit]

  Win   Draw   Loss

No. Opponent Date Result Competition Venue Report
1  Papua New Guinea 9 April 2007 1–6 2007 OFC Women's Championship Sir Ignatius Kilage Stadium, Lae (Papua New Guinea) Report
2  New Zealand 11 April 2007 0–8 2007 OFC Women's Championship Sir Ignatius Kilage Stadium, Lae (Papua New Guinea) Report
3  Tonga 13 April 2007 0–0 2007 OFC Women's Championship Sir Ignatius Kilage Stadium, Lae (Papua New Guinea) Report
4  Papua New Guinea 28 August 2007 0–4 2007 South Pacific Games Toleafoa J.S. Blatter Complex, Apia (Samoa) Report
5  Cook Islands 30 August 2007 1–1 2007 South Pacific Games Toleafoa J.S. Blatter Complex, Apia (Samoa) Report
6  American Samoa 1 September 2007 3–0 2007 South Pacific Games Toleafoa J.S. Blatter Complex, Apia (Samoa) Report
7  Fiji 3 September 2007 0–3 2007 South Pacific Games Toleafoa J.S. Blatter Complex, Apia (Samoa) Report
8  Tonga 30 September 2010 4–0 2010 OFC Women's Championship North Harbour Stadium, Auckland (New Zealand) Report
9  Papua New Guinea 2 October 2010 1–2 2010 OFC Women's Championship North Harbour Stadium, Auckland (New Zealand) Report
10  Fiji 4 October 2010 0–0 2010 OFC Women's Championship North Harbour Stadium, Auckland (New Zealand) Report
11  New Zealand 6 October 2010 0–8 2010 OFC Women's Championship North Harbour Stadium, Auckland (New Zealand) Report
12  Cook Islands 8 October 2010 0–2 2010 OFC Women's Championship North Harbour Stadium, Auckland (New Zealand) Report
13  New Caledonia 27 August 2011 0–3 2011 Pacific Games Stade PLGC, Nouméa (New Caledonia) Report
14  Tahiti 31 August 2011 0–2 2011 Pacific Games Stade PLGC, Nouméa (New Caledonia) Report
15  American Samoa 2 September 2011 4–0 2011 Pacific Games Stade PLGC, Nouméa (New Caledonia) Report
16  Papua New Guinea 5 September 2011 0–1 2011 Pacific Games Stade PLGC, Nouméa (New Caledonia) Report
17  New Caledonia 6 July 2015 1–8 2015 Pacific Games Bisini Sports Complex, Port Moresby (Papua New Guinea) Report
18  Tonga 8 July 2015 0–2 2015 Pacific Games Bisini Sports Complex, Port Moresby (Papua New Guinea) Report
19  Samoa 11 July 2015 1–2 2015 Pacific Games Bisini Sports Complex, Port Moresby (Papua New Guinea) Report
20  Vanuatu 4 December 2017 0–5 2017 Pacific Mini Games Port Vila Municipal Stadium, Port Vila (Vanuatu) Report
21  Tonga 7 December 2017 1–3 2017 Pacific Mini Games Port Vila Municipal Stadium, Port Vila (Vanuatu) Report
22  Fiji 11 December 2017 0–2 2017 Pacific Mini Games Port Vila Municipal Stadium, Port Vila (Vanuatu) Report
23  Tonga 14 December 2017 0–1 2017 Pacific Mini Games Port Vila Municipal Stadium, Port Vila (Vanuatu) Report
24  American Samoa 24 August 2018 2–0 2018 OFC Women's Nations Cup qualification Churchill Park, Lautoka (Fiji) Report
25  Fiji 27 August 2018 0–0 2018 OFC Women's Nations Cup qualification Churchill Park, Lautoka (Fiji) Report
26  Vanuatu 30 August 2018 0–1 2018 OFC Women's Nations Cup qualification Churchill Park, Lautoka (Fiji) Report

Goalscorers[edit]

Rank Player Goals
1 Laydah Samani 6
2 Betty Maenu'u 2
Ileen Pegi 2
4 Cathy Aihunu 1
Crystal Annie 1
Margaret Daudau 1
Prudence Fula 1
Merina Joe 1
Diane Jusuts 1
Elsie Kwoaetolo 1
Ella Misibini 1
Mesalyn Saepio 1
Total 19

References[edit]

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  4. ^ "OFC – WOMEN'S WORLD CUP PREVIEW – PNG 2007 | Oceania Football Confederation". Oceania Football Confederation. Retrieved 2017-09-29.
  5. ^ "SOLOMON ISLANDS – WOMEN'S TEAM PACKS A PUNCH | Oceania Football Confederation". Oceania Football Confederation. Retrieved 2017-09-29.
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