The inaugural National Football Championship will kick off this weekend with sixteen teams, eight men’s and women’s teams participating and vying to be crowned the champions in the Cook Islands.
The National Football Championship dates are from Saturday 14th April with the finals to be played on Saturday 21st April 2018.
Teams include the three districts from Rarotonga – Avarua, Puaikura and Takitumu together with five of the outer islands – Aitutaki, Atiu, Mangaia, Mauke and Mitiaro will ascend onto the CIFA complex and Takitumu School grounds for a week of exhilarating football.
The prestige of winning perhaps the biggest national men’s and women’s soccer championship in Rarotonga is made all the sweeter with a profitable reward.
The Cook Islands Football Association (CIFA) has confirmed that a total amount of $22,000 will be up for grabs for teams that finish in first, second and third in both the men’s and women’s divisions.
The winner of this year’s National Football Championship will receive $7,000, the tournament runner-up will receive $3,000 and the beaten semi-finalists who contest the third-place play-off will receive $1,000.
All prizes will be paid out after the completion of the competition.
Teams have been drawn into two Groups, A & B and games will be played across two venues, CIFA complex and due to the wet weather conditions all games scheduled to play at Teimurimotia Park in Titikaveka will now played at the Takitumu School grounds.