Solomon Islands
Nickname(s)Kurukuru
AssociationSolomon Islands Football Federation
ConfederationOFC
Head coachBrazil Vinicius Leite
CaptainElliot Ragomo
Home stadiumnone
FIFA codeSOL
FIFA ranking52 Decrease 1 (April 2022)[1]
Home colours
Away colours
First international
 Australia 9–0 Solomon Islands Solomon Islands
(Canberra, Australia, 25 July 2004)[2]
Biggest win
Solomon Islands Solomon Islands 21–2 Tuvalu 
(Suva, Fiji, 14 August 2010)[3]
Biggest defeat
 Russia 31–2 Solomon Islands Solomon Islands
(Brasília, Brazil, 6 October 2008)[4]
World Cup
Appearances4 (First in 2008)
Best resultGroup stage (2008, 2012, 2016, 2021)
OFC Futsal Championship
Appearances7 (First in 2004)
Best resultChampions (2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2016)
Confederations Cup
Appearances1 (First in 2009)
Best result5th place (2009)

The Solomon Islands national futsal team, nicknamed Kurukuru,[5] represents the Solomon Islands in international futsal competitions and is controlled by the Solomon Islands Football Federation. It is one of the strongest teams in Oceania, but fares poorly in competitions outside the region.

The team's coach in 2008 was Victor Wai’ia.[6] By 2009, he had been succeeded by Dickson Kadau.[7] The country has no futsal stadium, although in July 2009 Prime Minister Derek Sikua promised that the government would assist in building one.[8]

On 6 October 2008, the Solomon Islands established a record for the worst defeat in the history of the FIFA Futsal World Cup in Brazil 2008, when they were beaten by Russia thirty-one goals to two.[9] It was the country's first participation in the World Cup;[10] it finished last in Group A, with four games lost out of four, 6 goals for and 69 against.[11] At the 2012 FIFA Futsal World Cup in Thailand, the Kurukuru once again finished last in their group, suffering heavy defeats to Russia and Colombia, but did manage to obtain their first World Cup win, beating Guatemala 4–3.[12]

On a regional level, however, the Kurukuru won the 2008 Oceanian Futsal Championship, and successfully defended their title in 2009, beating Fiji 8–1 in the final,[13] and then again in 2010 and 2011. After failing to win in 2013 and not competing in 2014, they would win their record-tying fifth OFC Futsal Championship in 2016. They are, therefore, the current regional champions.[14]

The Solomon Islands national futsal team currently holds the world record for the fastest ever goal scored in an official futsal match. It was set by Kurukuru captain Elliot Ragomo, who scored against New Caledonia three seconds into the game in July 2009.[15]

Results and fixtures

The following is a list of match results in the last 12 months, as well as any future matches that have been scheduled.

Legend

  Win   Draw   Loss   Fixture

2021

13 September 2021 (2021-09-13) FIFA Futsal World Cup GS Group C Morocco  6–0
Source (FIFA)
 Solomon Islands Kaunas, Lithuania
18:00 EEST (UTC+3) El Mesrar 2'
Saoud 3'
El Fenni 18'
Bakkali 28'
Boumezou 31'
Borite 34'
Report (FIFA) Stadium: Žalgiris Arena
16 September 2021 (2021-09-16) FIFA Futsal World Cup GS Group C Solomon Islands  0–7
Source (FIFA)
 Portugal Kaunas, Lithuania
18:00 EEST (UTC+3) Report (FIFA) Fábio 4'
Ricardinho 12'
André 20', 23'
Sia 26' (o.g.)
Erick 30'
Pany 38'
Stadium: Žalgiris Arena
19 September 2021 (2021-09-19) FIFA Futsal World Cup GS Group C Solomon Islands  4–9
Source (FIFA)
 Thailand Kaunas, Lithuania
20:00 EEST (UTC+3) Mana 15'
Ragamo 27', 38' (pen.)
Sia 40'
Report (FIFA) Nawin 4'
Suphawut 6', 32', 39'
Kritsada 17'
Jetsada 24', 34'
Jirawat 37'
Peerapat 39'
Stadium: Žalgiris Arena

Team

Current squad

The following players were called up for the 2021 FIFA Futsal World Cup.

No. Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Club
1 1GK Anthony Talo (1996-01-08)8 January 1996 (aged 25) Solomon Islands Kooline FC
2 2DF Alvin Hou (1996-09-18)18 September 1996 (aged 24) Solomon Islands Marist FC
3 2DF Elliot Ragomo (captain) (1991-05-28)28 May 1991 (aged 30) Solomon Islands Marist FC
4 2DF George Stevenson (1992-01-07)7 January 1992 (aged 29) Solomon Islands Marist FC
5 2DF Marlon Sia (1999-07-19)19 July 1999 (aged 22) Solomon Islands Mataks FC
6 3MF Charlie Otainao (1992-06-05)5 June 1992 (aged 29) Solomon Islands Marist FC
7 2DF Alvin Ray (1997-01-23)23 January 1997 (aged 24) Solomon Islands Marist FC
8 3MF Jeffrey Bule (1991-11-15)15 November 1991 (aged 29) Solomon Islands Marist FC
9 4FW Micah Lea'alafa (1991-06-01)1 June 1991 (aged 30) Solomon Islands Waneagu United FC
10 4FW Samuel Osifelo (1991-03-15)15 March 1991 (aged 30) Solomon Islands Kossa FC
11 3MF Coleman Makau (1992-11-25)25 November 1992 (aged 28) Solomon Islands Kossa FC
12 3MF Arnold Maeluma (1996-12-09)9 December 1996 (aged 24) Solomon Islands Kooline FC
13 2DF Elis Mana (2000-03-09)9 March 2000 (aged 21) Solomon Islands Kooline FC
14 1GK Charlie Ata (2000-12-30)30 December 2000 (aged 20) Solomon Islands KF Gold
15 4FW Raphael Le'ai (2003-09-09)9 September 2003 (aged 18) Solomon Islands Henderson Eels FC
16 1GK Paul Laki (1995-07-25)25 July 1995 (aged 26) Solomon Islands Marist FC

Competitive record

FIFA Futsal World Cup

FIFA Futsal World Cup record
Year Round Pld W D L GS GA
Netherlands 1989 Did not enter - - - - - -
Hong Kong 1992 Did not enter - - - - - -
Spain 1996 Did not enter - - - - - -
Guatemala 2000 Did not enter - - - - - -
Taiwan 2004 Did not qualify - - - - - -
Brazil 2008 Group stage 4 0 0 4 6 69
Thailand 2012 Group stage 3 1 0 2 7 30
Colombia 2016 Group stage 3 0 0 3 5 21
Lithuania 2020 Group stage 3 0 0 3 4 22
Total 4/9 13 1 0 12 22 142

OFC Futsal Nations Cup

OFC Futsal Nations Cup record
Year Round Pld W D L GS GA
Australia 1992 Did not enter - - - - - -
Vanuatu 1996 Did not enter - - - - - -
Vanuatu 1999 Did not enter - - - - - -
Australia 2004 5th place 5 1 0 4 12 31
Fiji 2008 Champions 6 5 0 1 41 19
Fiji 2009 Champions 4 4 0 0 32 7
Fiji 2010 Champions 6 6 0 0 59 16
Fiji 2011 Champions 5 5 0 0 49 10
New Zealand 2013 5th place 3 1 0 2 11 15
New Caledonia 2014 Did not enter - - - - - -
Fiji 2016 Champions 5 5 0 0 23 3
New Caledonia 2019 Champions 5 5 0 0 34 11
Total 7/11 34 27 0 7 227 101

Confederations Cup

Futsal Confederations Cup record
Year Round Pld W D L GS GA
Libya 2009 5th place 4 0 1 3 12 29
Brazil 2013 Did not enter
Kuwait 2014 Did not enter
Total 1/3 4 0 1 3 12 29

References