Falefou said soccer is "the number one sport" in Tuvalu, and that "almost everybody plays." Its Premier League boasts nine clubs, and "this year we've made a start on counting the number of people playing the game, but it's a tricky task and it must be understood that our Association relies totally on volunteer workers. We would need several full-time employees."
The national team played in the the qulaifying round for the South Pacific Games, explained PM Ielemia. "We're still learning, but we can't be satisfied with our results: we got off to a really bad start against Fiji (16-0), though we went on to only lose 1-0 against New Caledonia, after keeping them at bay for half the game, and then we got a draw against Tahiti (1-1). They are two strong Pacific sides so it's a good omen." Joining FIFA would allow the nation to pay for a coach for its national team. "If we had one, I'm sure we'd make a great deal of progress."
When FIFA elects a new president, each member country has one vote.