The three-year agreement, which was signed on (Wednesday), will see both organisations work together closely to produce and broadcast Samoa’s very first football-dedicated television show titled Football Culture.
TV1 CEO Galumalemana Faiesea Lei Sam-Matafeo says he is delighted to become a media partner of FFS.
“This is a role we will perform with pride. There is a lot of potential in young Samoans and we are proud to work alongside FFS in developing their abilities and promoting the sport of soccer so Samoa can produce more internationally renowned athletes, like Tim Cahill,” said TV1 CEO Galumalemana Faiesea Lei Sam-Matafeo.
She also expressed her appreciation to Oceania Football Confederation (OFC) for providing equipment such as the camera.
Football Culture will be a 30-minute weekly show featuring football news and events from within Samoa, Oceania and the rest of the world. Primary focus will be on key domestic events such as the FFS men’s, women’s and youth leagues, junior fun football and other upcoming grassroots activities.
FFS CEO Designate Frederick Young says the agreement bodes well for the future.
“This is the beginning of a valuable and long-term relationship with TV1, a well respected media outlet in Samoa. We are thrilled to be launching a football show that will provide excellent coverage for football in Samoa and abroad,” said Young.
Funding for the show has been provided by FIFA through the Win in Oceania (WIO) programme which is driven and managed by OFC. The project aims to strengthen all OFC member associations by improving media capabilities, infrastructure, administrative procedures and national competitions.
Under the leadership of Senior Project Manager Vairani Davio, OFC member associations are working hard towards strengthening media capacity through their appointed Media Officers; in Samoa’s case Maree Moli.
As FFS Media Officer, Moli will work closely with experienced TV1 producer Toleafoa Pili Afamasaga with both staff receiving ongoing support from OFC media to ensure the success of the show.