FFAS 2011: New beginning, positive ending
Euphoria, elation, joy, happiness and contentment. These are but a few emotions that can describe 2011 for FFAS from the big start of the year with FIFA President Joseph S. Blatter’s visit to the first ever win in a FIFA World Cup qualifying match.
“What a year it has been!” exclaimed FFAS President Iuli Alex Godinet. “I know everybody in our association feels the same way as I do, we’re all proud of what we have achieved and accomplished this year and are looking forward to another great one in 2012.”
Iuli himself reached a milestone by being re-elected president of FFAS in a landslide victory and was also appointed to the OFC executive committee last month.
“We have been making huge strides one after the other this year, from January to December and even though the year is nearly finished, we feel as if we can go through another 365 days of 2011,” Iuli said.
Below are some of the major highlights of the year:
• Inauguration ceremony celebrating the re-dedication of the refurbished Pago Park Soccer Stadium facilities
• Presence of FIFA President Joseph S. Blatter, General Secretary Jerome Valcke, OFC acting President David Chung and OFC MA presidents during re-dedication ceremony
• Hosting of 21st OFC Ordinary Congress that saw the election of David Chung as president of OFC as well as eight members of his executive committee
• Successful completion of First Lady Maryann Tulafono’s Ta’ita’itama and Boys & Girls Club of American Samoa’s Mentoring Initiative After-school Program
• Partnership with Department of Women’s & Youth Affairs for its R.E.S.U.L.T.S (Recreation, Exercise, Soccer, (U) You, Lose, Trim and Slim) program through funds from OFC’s Pacific Youth And Sports Conference
• Appointment of Iuli on the OFC executive committee • American Samoa Men’s Soccer National Team winning its first ever match in a FIFA World Cup Qualifying tournament and the story of its win dominating national headlines around the world• Partnership with US Soccer that saw the appointment of U-20s coach Thomas Rongen coach the ASMSNT and make an impact with its near qualification for the OFC 2nd Stage of the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil qualification tournament
• The highest placement of the men’s soccer national team in the FIFA/Coca-Cola World Ranking, moving from 204 to 186
• The nomination of American Samoa’s Men’s Soccer National Team by OFC for the 2011 FIFA Fair Play Award
These are just a few of the positives that occurred for FFAS in the year 2011.
“Looking back on the year we’ve made some major leaps and bounds in terms of technical development,” said CEO Tavita Taumua. “We’re usually lauded by FIFA and OFC on the administrative side and now we’re getting it for the big improvements we’ve made out on the field after recording our first win and draw in a FIFA sanctioned tournament.”
“And there’s still more room for us to climb up,” Iuli added. “Everybody in our association has done a great job from our players to our club coaches, club presidents and administrators as well as our own staff and technical people.
“With all that we’ve accomplished in 2011, we will look to improve upon in 2012 and maybe even add in a few more new programs.
“So I would like to wish everybody a Happy New Year for the year 2012 and thank you all for your hard work and support in this past year. Stay safe and Happy Holidays.”