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Feb 9 11 6:46 PM

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I know it is early... real early to talk about the SPG Mini Games in 2017 but I just discovered the news that the CNMI are planning to organise football at the games they try to host. The decision which country will host the event is not yet made.


The CNMI plans to have 11 events for the 2017 Pacific Mini Games.

Northern Marianas Amateur Sports Association president Michael White during the NMASA meeting last week said that in a draft of bid papers he is preparing, he included athletics, soccer, golf, swimming, tennis, canoe racing, beach and indoor volleyball, baseball, sailing, and triathlon in the proposed events for the quadrennial meet the CNMI is hoping to host five years from now.

The bid papers for the 2017 Pacific Mini Games must be completed by the end of this month, as it will be submitted to the Pacific Games Council next month.

With the deadline for the submission of bid papers fast approaching, NMASA is seeking the assistance of local sports federations to make sure all the necessary documentations are complete and will back up the CNMI's bid.

White asked local federations for a letter attesting that concerned sports groups have the capability to host their respective competitions. The NMASA head also requested that each local sports group list the international federations they are affiliated with.

White added the CNMI are required to list international sporting events, which the Commonwealth has hosted within the past 10 years. The list should include the name of the event, the year it was hosted, and number of participating countries or individuals/teams.

White said these and other valuable information might help show that the CNMI is capable of hosting the Pacific Mini Games.

Nine of the 11 sports listed above were played during the 2006 Micronesian Games, which Saipan hosted. Soccer/football was not on the list, but the CNMI had hosted a couple of regional events in the past 10 years, including the East Asian Football Confederation qualifying match. Sailing was also excluded in the 2006 Micro Games, but the Commonwealth had held races in the past decade.
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Mar 1 12 12:59 PM

http://www.sportingpulse.com/assoc_page.cgi?assoc=3844&pID=2

Vanuatu will host the 2017 Pacific Mini Games - and good news - football will be included. I hope to see some of the smaller islands sending football teams. Would be nice to see Niue, Palau, etc.

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Sep 12 12 12:27 PM

http://www.saipantribune.com/newsstory.aspx?newsID=121661&cat=2

Possible bad news for football in the South Pacific - football has been demoted from a compulsory to an optional sport on the Pacific Games program (this will come into effect for the 2019 Pacific Games and 2021 Pacific Mini Games). So, the next 2 editions (Papua New Guinea 2015 and Vanuatu Mini-Games 2017) should still have football on the schedule.

It's a shame that there will be no football at the 2013 Mini-Games in Wallis & Futuna. It's probably the only chance we would get to see Wallis & Futuna playing for the foreseeable future (unless FFF decides to invite them to the Coupe de l'Outre Mer in future editions).

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Sep 12 12 3:41 PM

Another step back for football in the Pacific and OFC doesn´t seem to care or even to know. I recently saw the presentations of Tonga and French Polynesia for the 2019 Pacific Games. Tonga had football as fixed sport and French Polynesia as optional. I believe both countries will stage football events for both men and women if they win. The Pacific Games will have football in general I think. The Mini Games on the other side are staged by the smaller economies of the Pacific where team sports are just to expensive to exercise. Of course rugby and basketball are the exceptions.

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Sep 13 12 5:48 AM

Solomon Islands, Vanuatu are bigger nations in South Pacific
They never won bids for Pacific Games... Will they keep on......?

Football is their national sport.

http://www.fifa.com/worldfootball/results/

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Sep 13 12 3:55 PM

Like you said in Vanuatu and the Solomons it´s the national sport.
The don´t have the opportunity to play games on a regular base so they will field teams for the Pacific Games.

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Mar 23 15 9:45 PM

http://www.insidethegames.biz/anoc/756-onoc/1021232-northern-mariana-islands-to-host-2021-pacific-mini-games

And senior national team football in the Pacific is now officially dead.

Football at the Pacific Games is now Under-23, and there will be no football at the 2021 Pacific Mini Games in NMI (what did they expect when they demoted football from a compulsory sport?)

So, the 2017 Pacific Mini Games in Vanuatu will be the next (and last?) time the Pacific countries will play with their senior national teams.

OFC should be ashamed of themselves for letting this happen.

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Jul 24 16 9:29 AM

in 2005 on RSSSF Markus Kobler posted the "results" of the SP Mini Games in 1985 and 1989 (in Cook and Tonga)....They disappeared from RSSSF and there seems not have been an football tournament in those two years.... What is the history behind this ? Was it fantasy of 1 person?  

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Jul 24 16 10:32 AM

pieter wrote:
in 2005 on RSSSF Markus Kobler posted the "results" of the SP Mini Games in 1985 and 1989 (in Cook and Tonga)....They disappeared from RSSSF and there seems not have been an football tournament in those two years.... What is the history behind this ? Was it fantasy of 1 person?  
They did not dissapear, but are not linked from the overview page anymore. The pages themselves are still online, with a note: "NB: no football tournament was held at the South Pacific Mini Games 1985/1989; the results reported below are either fictional or belong to some other tournament not part of these Games."

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Jul 24 16 9:54 PM

It is just the same as people who invent nonsense on WIkipedia.

The problem is that, while it is easy for vandals to invent nonsense, it is often much harder for the genuine historians/researchers to *disprove* such nonsense.

It cost myself and Mark much effort and time (and expense) to establish the truth beyond doubt.

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Do we know who actually is participating in this tournament?

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