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Haápai is catching new waves!

Beach Soccer is a newly established 5-aside competition for U 10 U12 and U14 and senior.
The Haápai Governor, Hon. Moále Finau declared the opening of the games and highlights what lies ahead.
‘’Although Haápai is small, but it’s a very developing island,” says the Governor. ‘’This is why I am here and willing to be part of this very historical event,
to show to the youth and people of Haápai, I will support them all the way if they are to develop beach soccer.’’
Parents, fans and supporters were also vocal in cheering their children enjoying another amazing day and the sounds of cheers and laughter but more
importantly the expression on the participants faces make the competition live.
Before the kicked off, Soane Vili of the Pangai Football club reported, ‘’beach soccer is the best sport that really suit Haápai.” ‘’We had the best sandy
beaches all over Lifuka and Foa and all the islands. So, putting up field for beach soccer is not a problem to us compare to 11 a-side field.’’
Another change that has come about is the increased desire to build as much as possible in creating, maintaining and expanding their own beach soccer
competitions, be they at senior, elite, grassroots or youth level, with a steadily increasing emphasis on the latter.