Football at the Pacific Games

Association football has been regularly included in the Pacific Games, the multi-sports event for Pacific nations, territories and dependencies, since 1963. Until 2011 the competition was known as the South Pacific Games.[1]

Football at the Pacific Games
Tuvalu men's football team at the 2007 South Pacific Games in Samoa.
Founded1963
RegionOFC (Oceania)
Current champions New Zealand
 Men (2019)
Papua New Guinea
 Women (2019)
Most successful team(s) New Caledonia
 Men (7 titles)
Papua New Guinea
 Women (5 titles)
Football at the 2019 Pacific Games
(Men's, Women's)

Since 1971 the men's tournament has been held every four years, but was not played in 1999 due to contractual issues. In 2007, the men's competition doubled as the Oceania Football Confederation's preliminary qualifying competition for the 2010 FIFA World Cup.[2] The men's tournament also became the Olympic qualifier for Oceania for the 2015 edition.

The women's tournament was introduced in 2003, and has doubled up as the preliminary qualifying competition for the Olympic Games since 2007. Football was a compulsory inclusion at the Pacific Games for men's teams for many years but was made a core sport for both men's and women's teams in 2017.[3] Football has also been held at several editions of the Pacific Mini Games, starting with the first tournament in 1981.[4]

Pacific Games

Participating nations

Numbers refer to the final placing of each team at the respective Games, with the host nations shown in bold. – See also the §Key to symbols within this section below the two tables.

Men's teams


Games
Nation
63 66 69 71 75 79 83 87 91 95 99 03 07 11 15 19 23 Years
played
 American Samoa P6 PPP5
 Cook Islands 6 P PP4
 Fiji 24542 2131 244313
 Guam P6 PP P5
 Kiribati 9* P P3
 Micronesia (F.S.) P P2
 New Caledonia 121124 313P2 111215
 New Zealand 12
 Niue P 1
 Northern Marianas 0
 Papua New Guinea P434P9* 43PPP P3414
 Samoa 9* 5* PP4
 Solomon Islands 4P633 P22P 42PP13
 Tahiti 312311 12P14 P32P14
 Tuvalu 7* P PPP5
 Tonga 7* PP PP5
 Vanuatu P352P5 P4443 3PPP15
 Wallis and Futuna P9* 5*5PP 6
Number of teams
All time total: 18
6666712 1168910 10118#1115
Editions

Women's teams


Games
Nation
03 07 11 15 19 23 Years
played
 American Samoa PPP3
 Cook Islands PP344
 Fiji 5 33P35
 Guam 2 P2
 Kiribati 7 1
 New Caledonia P22P4
 Papua New Guinea 1 11115
 Samoa P423
 Solomon Islands PPPP4
 Tahiti 4 4PP4
 Tonga 3 24PP5
 Vanuatu 6 P2
Number of teams
All time total: 12
7 997105
Editions

Legend

Key to symbols
1Gold medal for first place nnth place (e.g. 5 is fifth place)
2Silver medal for second place PPool or group stage elimination
3Bronze medal for third place *Asterisk for shared placing (e.g. 5* is equal fifth)
4Fourth place #Contested by under-23 national teams only
Did not play Withdrew before competition (did not play)
Played in the tournament (FIFA qualification) but excluded from the Pacific Games placings

Men's tournament

Results by year

The table below is a summary of the finals matches in men's football at the Pacific Games since 1963:[4]

Year Host city Final Third place match
Gold Score Silver Bronze Score Fourth place
1963
Suva

New Caledonia
8–2
Fiji

Tahiti
18–0
Solomon Islands
1966
Nouméa

Tahiti
2–0
New Caledonia

New Hebrides
5–2
PapuaNewGuinea
1969
Port Moresby

New Caledonia
2–1
Tahiti

PapuaNewGuinea
2–1
Fiji
1971
Papeete

New Caledonia
7–1
New Hebrides

Tahiti
8–1
PapuaNewGuinea
1975
Tumon

Tahiti
2–1
New Caledonia

Solomon Islands
3–2
Fiji
1979
Suva

Tahiti
3–0
Fiji

Solomon Islands
3–1
New Caledonia
1983
Apia

Tahiti
1–0
Fiji

New Caledonia
2–1
PapuaNewGuinea
1987
Nouméa

New Caledonia
1–0
Tahiti

PapuaNewGuinea
3–1
Vanuatu
1991
Port Moresby

Fiji
1–1
(5–4
.pen.
)

Solomon Islands

New Caledonia
3–1
Vanuatu
1995
Papeete

Tahiti
2–0
Solomon Islands

Fiji
3–0
Vanuatu
1999 No football tournament in 1999
2003
Suva

Fiji
2–0
New Caledonia

Vanuatu
1–0
Tahiti
2007
Apia

New Caledonia
1–0
Fiji

Vanuatu
2–0
Solomon Islands
2011
Nouméa

New Caledonia
2–0
Solomon Islands

Tahiti
2–1
Fiji
2015
Port Moresby

New Caledonia
2–0
Tahiti

PapuaNewGuinea
2–1
Fiji
2019
Apia

New Zealand
2–1
New Caledonia

Fiji
1–1
(4–2
.pen.
)

Papua New Guinea
2023
Honiara

Medalists: men's teams

Team Winner Runner-up Third Place Fourth Place
 New Caledonia7 ('63, '69, '71, '87, '07, '11, '15)4 ('66, '75, '03, '19)2 ('83, '91)1 ('79)
 Tahiti (French Polynesia)5 ('66, '75, '79, '83, '95)3 ('69, '87, '15)3 ('63, '71, '11)1 ('03)
 Fiji2 ('91, '03)4 ('63, '79, '83, '07)2 ('95, '19)4 ('69, '75, '11, '15)
 New Zealand1 ('19)
 Solomon Islands3 ('91, '95, '11)2 ('75, '79)2 ('63, '07)
 Vanuatu (New Hebrides)1 ('71)3 ('66, '03, '07)3 ('87, '91, '95)
 Papua New Guinea3 ('69, '87, '15)4 ('66, '71, '83, '19)

Top goalscorers: men

Year Player Goals
1963–1995 Unknown -
2003 Esala Masi 11
2007 Osea Vakatalesau 10
2011 Bertrand Kaï 10
2015 Jean Kaltack 17
2019 Gagame Feni
Tony Kaltak
Jean-Philippe Saïko
9

Women's tournament

Results summary

The table below is a summary of the finals matches in the women's football competition at the Pacific Games since 2003.

Papua New Guinea won the first four tournament finals, including against hosts New Caledonia in 2011[5] and as hosts against New Caledonia in 2015.[6]

Year Host city Final Third place match
Gold Score Silver Bronze Score Fourth place
2003  [7]
Suva

PapuaNewGuinea
round-robin
Guam

Tonga
round-robin
Guam
2007  [8]
Apia

PapuaNewGuinea
3–1
Tonga

Fiji
1–0
Tahiti
2011  [9]
Nouméa

PapuaNewGuinea
2–1
New Caledonia

Fiji
1–0
Tonga
2015
Port Moresby

PapuaNewGuinea
1–0
New Caledonia

Cook Islands
2–0
Samoa
2019
Apia

PapuaNewGuinea
3–1
Samoa

Fiji
3–1
Cook Islands
2023
Honiara

Medalists: women's teams

Team Winner Runner-up Third Place Fourth Place
Papua New Guinea5 ('03, '07, '11, '15, '19)
New Caledonia2 ('11, '15)
Tonga1 ('07)1 ('03)1 ('11)
Samoa1 ('19)1 ('15)
Guam1 ('03)
Fiji3 ('07, '11, '19)
Cook Islands1 ('15)1 ('19)
Tahiti2 ('03, '07)

Top goalscorers: women

Year Player Goals
2003 Unknown -
2007 Penateti Feke 4
2011 Christelle Wahnawe 12
2015 Christelle Wahnawe 10
2019 Ramona Padio 9

Pacific Mini Games

Men

The table below is a summary of the medal matches played in the men's competition at the Pacific Mini Games:

Year Host city Final Third place match
Gold Score Silver Bronze Score Fourth place
1981
Honiara

Tahiti
1–0
(a.e.t.)

New Caledonia

Papua New Guinea
1–0
Vanuatu
1993
Port Vila

Tahiti
3–0
Fiji

New Caledonia
2–1
Vanuatu
2017
Port Vila

Vanuatu
round-robin
Fiji

Solomon Islands
round-robin
Tuvalu

Women

As of 2019, women's football has only been hosted once at the Pacific Mini Games – at Vanuatu in 2017. The table below is a summary of the medal matches played in the women's competition:

Year Host city Final Third place match
Gold Score Silver Bronze Score Fourth place
2017
Port Vila

Vanuatu
2–1
Fiji

Tonga
1–0
Solomon Islands

References

  1. "Pacific Games". www.rsssf.com.
  2. "OFC 2010 FIFA World Cup route via Asia". Oceania Football Confederation. 7 December 2006. Archived from the original on 28 April 2007. Retrieved 20 December 2006.
  3. Charter - Constitution, Code of Conduct, Protocols, and Regulations adopted Apia, Samoa 14 May 2006 - As amended most recently in Port Vila, Vanuatu, 10 December 2017 (PDF 0.3 MB) (Report). Pacific Games Council. 2018. pp. 14–15. Archived from the original on 8 February 2018. Retrieved 8 February 2018.
  4. "(South) Pacific Games and Mini Games". www.rsssf.com.
  5. "Womens Soccer to start preparations for Olympic Qualifiers (Nov 7, 2011)". PNG Football. Retrieved 27 January 2019.
  6. "Women's Soccer - Team PNG Defeats New Caledonia – XV Pacific Games Day #14". Youtube. EMTV Online. Retrieved 27 January 2019.
  7. "South Pacific Games 2003 (Fiji)". RSSSF. Retrieved 16 March 2015.
  8. "South Pacific Games 2007 (Samoa)". RSSSF. Retrieved 16 March 2015.
  9. "Pacific Games 2011 (New Caledonia)". RSSSF. Retrieved 16 March 2015.
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