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“OFC U-19 Championship Qualifiers are ready to go in Raro”

In a little under two weeks the U-19 teams of Tonga, Samoa, American Samoa and the host Cook Islands will compete at the OFC U-19 Championship Qualifiers at the CIFA Complex in Matavera.

The four nations are playing for a place in the OFC U-19 Championship finals tournament which is scheduled to take place in Tahiti in August.

The four-team qualifier will kick-off on Saturday 26 May and will feature some of the major names in Cook Islands football competing for the chance to qualify and progress to the biggest youth title in the Pacific.

The format of the competition is a round robin league, with two games scheduled for each match day. Teams will play once each over the three match days – with two rest days between game days.

Getting the action underway at 1.30pm on Saturday will be the big Samoan encounter between American Samoa and Samoa. That match will be followed by the hosts taking on Tonga at 4.30pm.

If you would you like to see the football talents of each country live make sure you get down to the CIFA Complex on Saturday 26 May, Tuesday 29 May, and Friday 1 June.

Youth Soccer is focused on enriching the soccer experience by positively influencing players and coaches in areas of leadership and character development.

The Cook Islands Football Association is keen to build on these aspects of the game through the hosting of this competition, and wishes the local U-19 men’s team all the best as the compete in the OFC U-19 Championship Qualifier.

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