The Fa’atoia United and Lupe o le Soaga Football teams dominated the Football Federation Samoa 2017 National League Senior’s Competition. Both football teams stood out from the Football Federation Samoa National League tournament that kicked off from September to mid-December. The tournament was divided into three divisions including Men’s Premier, Women’s Premier and men’s first division.
A total of 36 teams from registered local clubs in Upolu participated in this year’s tournament which ran for the past eight consecutive weeks. National league is an annual tournament of the federation. “The Upolu National League int is an annual activity, moreover the most important tournament in the Federation Samoa calendar of events.”
“The winner of the main division which is the premier men’s winner will represent not only the Football community, but Samoa as a whole in the Oceania Football Confederation Champion’s League.”
The Fa’atoia United Football team took home the first place for the Premier Women’s National League with Kiwi Football coming second, and Lupe o le Soaga coming in on third spot.
The Lupe o le Soaga team took home first place for first division Men’s National League, Sogi Soccer Club in second place while Moata’a in third spot. Lupe o le Soaga also topped the Premier Men’s National League with Lepea Soccer Club coming second and Kiwi Football in third place.
The Fa’atoia United Football was pleased with their performance for this year’s National League tournament. “We are pleased with our performance this year compared to the results we had from last year and the previous years, we are excited and we are looking forward to the new journey,” Fa’atoia Captain, Maria Salamasina said. “We are also looking to learn from this year as we move on to next year, but we are trying to establish and inviting more people to join our young squad we have here.” With Lupe o le Soaga the reigning Champions of the Men’s Premier, they are now set to represent Samoa for the upcoming Oceania Football Confederation Championships to be held in American Samoa from the 20th – 26th January 2018.
2018 National League tournament kick off date is yet to be confirmed.
Women’s Premier League: Jecky Toma (Fa’atoia United)
Men’s Premier League: Fa’alavelave Matagi (Vaitele-uta)
Men’s 1st Division: Rayman Tokuma (Sogi SC)
Women’s Premier League: Hazel Peleti (Fa’atoia United)
Men’s Premier League: Lapalapa Toni (;upe ole Soaga)
Men’s 1st Division: Seve Dean Fa’afetai (Fa’atoia United)
Women’s Premier League: Hazel Peleti (Fa’atoia united)
Men’s Premier League: Andrew Setefano (Lupe ole Soaga)
Men’s 1st Division: Toetu (Sogi SC)
Up & Coming players:
Male: Lotiel Mano
Female: Vineta Kalifa
Best Female Coach 2017: Paul Ualesi (Lupe ole Soaga)
Best Male Coach 2017: Leti Tamasese (Kiwi FC)
Up & Coming Coach:Des Fa’ai’uaso
Female Referee 2017: Maria Salamasina (Fa’atoia United)
Male Referee 2017: Malaetala Sofe
Up& Coming Official: Gerald Ionatana
Extracted from article written by: Ulimasao Fata of Samoa Observer