- Tuvalu national football team
Infobox National football team
Name = Tuvalu
Badge = Tuvalu ASA-Logo.png
Tuvalu Soccer Association
Most caps =
Top scorer =
FIFA Trigramme = TUV
FIFA Rank =
Elo Rank = 202
Home Stadium =
First game = flagicon|Tahiti Tahiti 18 - 0 Tuvalu )
Largest win = )
Largest loss = flagicon|Tahiti Tahiti 18- 0 Tuvalu ) |
World cup apps =
World cup first = -
World cup best = -
Regional name =
OFC Nations Cup
Regional cup apps =
Regional cup first =
Regional cup best = -The Tuvalu national soccer team is the international football team of
Tuvalu. The team is not affiliated to FIFA, but is an associate member of the OFC.
The national team is controlled by the "Tuvalu Soccer Association" and played three international matches in the
1979South Pacific Games, held in Fiji. There, the team recorded both its largest win, 5-3 against Tonga, and its worst defeat, losing 18-0 to Tahiti.
It also participated in four games at the South Pacific Games in
2003, again held in Fiji. After defeating Kiribati in their opening game, the Tuvaluan team lost their remaining three matches and finished fourth out of five in Pool A.
History was made in 2007 when Tuvalu became the first non FIFA member to participate in an official World cup qualifying match. The situation arose when the regional governing body used the 2007 South Pacific Games, as the first stage of the qualification tournament for the
2010 FIFA World Cupand qualification tournament for the 2008 OFC Nations Cup. Tuvalu performed with great credit, earning a remarkable 1-1 draw with Tahiti in which Viliamu Sekifumade history as the first World cup scorer for his country. The other three fixtures in the tournament ended in defeat and Tuvalu failed to progress from their five team group.
In September 2008, Tuvaluan Prime Minister
Apisai Ielemiaand the President of the Tuvalu Football Association, Tapugao Falefou, visited the headquarters of FIFA in Zurich, hoping to gain full membership in the organisation. [ [http://www.fifa.com/aboutfifa/federation/insidefifa/news/newsid=886994.html] "Tuvalu eye place in football family", FIFA website, September 22, 2008]
outh Pacific Games record
*1963 - "Did not enter"
*1966 - "Did not enter"
*1969 - "Did not enter"
*1971 - "Did not enter"
*1975 - "Did not enter"
*1979 - Quarter-final
*1983 - "Did not enter"
*1987 - "Did not enter"
*1991 - "Did not enter"
*1995 - "Did not enter"
*2003 - Round 1
*2007 - Round 1
Semese Alefaio Jelly Selau Hetoa Taula Mau Penisula
Fulisagafou Hauma Onosemu Neemia Papua Papua Kivola Manoa Petio Semaia Paitela Kelemene Lolesi Vaaia Moeava Mausalii
Mati Fusi Polu Tanei Viliamu Sekifu Sumeo Silu Paeniu Fagota Peniuna Kaitu
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