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Mar 1 09 9:29 PM

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While I was sorting though things I found another Website you may be interested in.

Its a website on which the Kiribati FA have put some information up, I think again unfortunatly it may not have been updated for a year or so, but their is quite a lot of info on Football on Kiribati and hopes and projects.
As well as club results.

A Chelmsford City Fan

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Mar 2 09 6:27 PM

I found an email adress on this site and have emailed it to see if anyone answers, have just asked a quick question, to see if anyone reads it. I asked if Kiribati have any plans to play any friendlys or organise any national team tour.

Lets hope someone replys.
Hopefully they will and tell us Kiribati are lining something up.

A Chelmsford City Fan

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Mar 5 09 6:29 PM

Very Interesting website. Would have been helpful when I wrode my article on Kiribati. Hopefully you get a reply could lead to better communication with the KIFA.

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Mar 11 09 5:47 PM

No luck in terms of a reply to the email, but their is also an address, I was thinking about writing to it, because although no one appears to check the email, they must still have the FA headquarters.

Any thoughts?

A Chelmsford City Fan

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Mar 11 09 6:13 PM

Emm i think a letter might be a good idea. If you are really desparate you could try contacting the Kiribati Government or Olympic committee? They may point you in the right direction to contact someone.

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Apr 17 10 6:57 PM

OFC shows support for Kiribati after warm welcome

KIRIBATI - Dozens of young kids, prominent welcome signs, traditional floral headwear and cold beverages - that was the scene that awaited OFC officials on their arrival in Kiribati this week.

The Kiribati Islands Football Association (KIFA) President Ioteba Redfern and his Executive Committee, scrupulously left nothing out in giving the OFC President Reynald Temarii and his delegation a warm reception for their first ever visit.

“Though short, our busy visit in Kiribati proved very productive,” said President Temarii at the end of his three-day trip which began on Tuesday.

To say they were busy would be an understatement. A significant MOU was penned with KIFA by midnight on the first day followed by a 60-strong coaching clinic for 4-to-12-year olds the next morning, with the kids then entering class an hour later before an abbreviated refereeing course was held including 14 local referees in attendance. Discussions also took place with local TV and media, then meetings with the Kiribati National Olympic Committee (KNOC) and Ministers, plus the Tarawa Trophy Cup award ceremony - to mention but a few activities.

The organizational qualities and concrete outcomes of the inaugural OFC-run Pacific Youth and Sports Conference, involving 900 Pacific youth in Auckland last month, were well received by a grateful Kiribati Minister of Sports who paid tribute to the OFC delegation.

Next up it was the meeting between OFC delegates and the President of the Republic of Kiribati, the Honorable Anote Tong, which represented one of, if not the biggest, highlight.

“Football is the most popular sport in Kiribati Islands. It is definitely the way ahead to solve several issues in Kiribati and to prepare the citizens of tomorrow,” explained President Tong.

The all-important Copenhagen summit arguably failed to give hope and satisfaction to a nation inevitably bound to disappear as sea levels rise, but the Kiribati President showed his relentless spirit in the pursuit of raising the world's awareness on global warming and its hazardous and dramatic consequences.

“In the next decades, 100,000 Kiribati inhabitants may never have a home country anymore,” he poignantly added.

The President’s heartfelt speech spurred a distinct and genuine reaction from the OFC President who showed his feelings of solidarity through emphatic support for Kiribati just as he has for other Oceania countries facing similar global warming effects.

OFC emphasized that the staging of the FIFA Futsal World Cup preliminary round at the Betio Complex in early 2011 will undoubtedly count as an exciting new initiative, as well as a challenging project, that will bring a plethora of benefits to the nation on many levels.

Decisive and invaluable, football media coverage of the event including TV, written press, radio and websites will not only enable one sixth of the world to spot Kiribati on a map but it will also raise awareness on real and urgent global warming issues.

Moreover, it will provide the main island inhabitants and those living on the 23 outer Islands with a lasting legacy.

The Government will ultimately show support in the sufficient upgrades of infrastructure and transportation access, and the final match day will coincide with the groundbreaking of KIFA headquarters and the KIFA 24-bed dormitory, which will be fully funded by OFC and FIFA.

In agreement with KNOC Executive Committee members, these facilities will additionally be made available to the 13 remaining sports federations depending on their needs and requirements.

Once again, OFC motto’s “An Ocean of Solidarity” through football was fully demonstrated during the successful trip.

- No intentions of officially joining OFC?

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Jan 13 11 3:29 AM


If anyone has ever doubted that soccer is the true world game, consider this. On December 12, the tiny Pacific island nation of Kiribati (population 66,000) is due to host its first international in the capital, Bairiki. It will be between nearby Vanuatu and, of all opponents, Myanmar. Even more curious is that the regional body, the Oceania Football Confederation, didn't even know the game was on. Kiribati's football history has been restricted to the occasional appearance in the South Pacific Games, and the nation is not yet a member of the OFC. Its only claim to fame is that it has changed its time zone in an effort to claim the first sunrise of the new millennium."

Sydney Morning Herald, November 11, 1999 Thursday (Late Edition)

Not sure what to think about this.

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Jan 13 11 7:41 PM

Wow that is really strange. A bit like Nauru - Solomon Islands game (which has been assured to me by a Nauruan that this match really happened. He also wanted to check with a player that competed in that match to tell me what´s the status is; still waiting for)

I was once reading that it was planned to organise a tournament on Kiribati. I think it was a beach soccer competition. But nothing ever heard about it again.

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Jan 14 11 2:14 AM

nico1 wrote:
Wow that is really strange. A bit like Nauru - Solomon Islands game (which has been assured to me by a Nauruan that this match really happened. He also wanted to check with a player that competed in that match to tell me what´s the status is; still waiting for)

I was once reading that it was planned to organise a tournament on Kiribati. I think it was a beach soccer competition. But nothing ever heard about it again.

I also had some news about that Nauru match. I think Nauru played with their national team, but the Solomon Islands team was not the Solomon Islands national team (I always thought the result was very odd). There were a lot of Solomon Islander workers in Nauru at the time for the phosphate mining, and I am pretty sure that the game was between Nauru and a selection of Solomon Islanders working and living on Nauru at the time. So, I removed Nauru from my rankings, as they have not played a real national team.

Kiribati was supposed to host the OFC futsal qualifiers for the 2012 World Cup, but for some reason it will now be held in Tahiti.

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Jan 14 11 9:17 PM

SE-Stubbs wrote:
So did the Vanuatu - Mynamar game take place, I presume not?

My guess would be no. I don't know why they would play in Kiribati anyway. If there was to be such a game, surely it would be held in Vanuatu. I don't think people in Kiribati would be very interested.

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Jan 14 11 11:15 PM

Yes can´t think if it either and there sure have been some results up if these matches really took place.

BTW what´s about the Kiribati - Nauru match mentioned on the website of the Kiribati FA? Was it the national team of Kiribati or just a selection of Kiribatis on Nauru? Any results known?

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Apr 4 17 8:20 PM

Kiribati: Forgotten by FIFA, but not by KIFA

In the middle of the Pacific, straddling the equator and punching a hole in the International Date Line, lies one of the planet’s more enigmatic countries: Kiribati. It is a vibrant country, passionate about the round-ball game, and completely ignored by FIFA.

Kiribati’s (pronounced ‘Kiribis’) footballers are strung across 33 atolls covering 3.5 million square kilometres of ocean.

Almost half of the country’s 103,000 inhabitants reside cheek-by-jowl on South Tarawa, the nation’s capital. The country has precious few resources beyond fishing, making Kiribati the poorest nation in the Pacific.

Yet despite the disadvantages, Kiribati is a determined country, with incredibly warm and accepting locals, and they love football.

In gaps between houses, in small open areas of packed coral dust beside roads and between coconut palms, football is played apace. Both boys and girls practice the game, developing solid technical skills in the confined spaces they are afforded.

The Kiribati Island Football Association (KIFA) is in charge of developing the game in the country. They have practically no resources (all members are volunteers) and little external support. Kiribati is only an associate member of the Oceania Football Confederation and has been unable to attain FIFA membership.

The love of the game is palpable. Over 60 teams participated in last year’s tournament, funded by Taiwan, and on each of the 33 islands tournaments are currently afoot as teams seek the honour of being their island’s representative for the national cup to be held later this year.

The logistics of organising such an undertaking are enormous, yet committed volunteers across the country make it possible. Some government funding will be available for the transport of finalists by ship to Tarawa (the Christmas Island team will spend over two weeks at sea each way) but accommodation will be with relatives and friends, on boats and in maneabas (open, communal huts). No flights nor hotels for these hardy souls.

The absence of soil in the country means that the three full-sized pitches on Tarawa have no grass. Football grounds consist of hard, packed coral dust and players predominantly are bare foot. This isn’t a place for the delicate.

The lack of grounds and the absence of grass pitches results in footballers with wonderful ball control but an inability to defend; sliding tackles and blocks do not happen, goalkeepers cannot dive. When the national team play, they have inevitably been hammered due to these deficiencies.

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Apr 10 17 10:56 PM

The above post is only the first half of the article. The second half includes this interesting claim:

"Kiribati’s main issue is that it is neither economically nor politically important enough to pique the interest of FIFA. Unlike Faroe Islands and Cook Islands, Kiribati has no political patron to champion its cause. Unlike Liechtenstein or San Marino, Kiribati has no resident companies that would make potential FIFA sponsors."

The author neglected to mention that there are many other small poor countries which are members of FIFA.

Staggeringly, the article does not mention whether or not Kiribati has ever actually applied for affiliation to FIFA. It just says that Kiribati "has been unable to attain FIFA membership." Have they tried? And what happened?

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Apr 11 17 10:19 AM

Also, small piece of pedantry - it's not pronounced "Kiribis", but "Kiri-BAS". Great way to educate your readers about an unorthodox pronunciation - teach them how to pronounce it in an alternative wrong way.

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Apr 11 17 6:36 PM

nfm24 wrote:
Unlike Liechtenstein or San Marino, Kiribati has no resident companies that would make potential FIFA sponsors."
That's the part I'm most confused about. It's obviously a possibility, but most big companies choose Luxembourg as their European tax haven of choice (and if they're an individual, Monaco). Never heard of any that use Liechtenstein or San Marino.

I also don't buy the whole 'nor politically important' part. It can only be good PR from FIFA to make Kiribati members, and a more cynical person would point out it's another 'tiny country' that would be grateful to the FIFA regime which admitted them.

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