Solomon Islands Football Federation (SIFF) on Tuesday launched its U19 youth league in Honiara.
The official opening was marked with a colourful parade from nine of the 10 teams that will take part in the competition at the Lawson Tama Stadium.
Speaking at the Official launching ceremony, SIFF’s Vice President Edward Omokirio highlighted four important factors that teams need to take into account in order to develop football in the country.
“Firstly, commitment for your performance’’ he said.
“Secondly, the effort that you put in, to fulfil your commitment for your team to succeed.
“Thirdly, the motivation or small words your coaches, managers, parents and guidance share with you that can make positive impact.
“Finally, discipline,’’ he said.
He also congratulated the 10 teams who will be competing in league.
“Participating now is not only something that you’ll see this is only for Solomon Islands but you are recognised for Solomon Islands in Oceania and under FIFA piloted Project.
On the same note Omokirio challenged the teams to consider preparations and timing as one of the top priority to move football in the country.
“I am talking like this because we are not just engaging you for the competition.
“But we want out from here the path way to you, those who will make it success to the next level.
Star Sports understands Solomon Islands was among the first nations in the world to kick of the FIFA pilot program.
Under the project all the participating teams has received sets of uniforms, score boots, shocks and balls and other sporting gears from FIFA.
By CROFTON UTUKANA