Men's Football at the 2015 Pacific Games

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2015 Pacific Games
men's football tournament
Tournament details
Host country  Papua New Guinea
City Port Moresby
Dates 3–17 July 2015
Teams 8 (from 1 confederation)
Venue(s) 2 (in 1 host city)
Final positions
Champions  New Caledonia (7th title)
Runners-up  Tahiti
Third place  Papua New Guinea
Fourth place  Fiji
Tournament statistics
Matches played 19
Goals scored 149 (7.84 per match)
Top scorer(s) Vanuatu Jean Kaltack (17 goals)
2011
2019

The 2015 Pacific Games men's football tournament was the 14th edition of the Pacific Games men's football tournament. The men's football tournament was held in Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea between 3–17 July 2015 as part of the 2015 Pacific Games. The tournament was age-restricted and open to men's under-23 national teams only.[1]

The tournament also doubled as the 7th edition of the OFC Men's Olympic Qualifying Tournament, the quadrennial international tournament organised by the Oceania Football Confederation (OFC) to determine which men's under-23 national teams from Oceania qualify for the Olympic football tournament. A separate qualifying tournament was initially set to take place at Tonga between 2–12 December 2015.[2] However, it was later decided to absorb the qualifying tournament into the Pacific Games, as the New Zealand team participated for the first time in the Pacific Games men's football tournament.[3][4]

As some of the participating teams are not members of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) and thus ineligible for the Olympics, there were two separate knockout stages, one for Olympic qualifying where the winner qualified for the 2016 Summer Olympics men's football tournament,[5] and another for determining the Pacific Games medalists.[6]

New Caledonia won the Pacific Games gold medal, while Fiji qualified for the Olympic football tournament for the first time after winning the OFC Olympic qualifying tournament.[7]

Teams

A total of eight teams participated in the tournament.[6]

Team Appearance Previous best performance
 Fiji 12th Gold medal (1991, 2003)
FS Micronesia 2nd Group stage (2003)
 New Caledonia 14th Gold medal (1963, 1969, 1971, 1987, 2007, 2011)
 New Zealand 1st Debut
 Papua New Guinea (hosts) 13th Bronze medal (1969, 1987)
 Solomon Islands 12th Silver medal (1991, 1995, 2011)
 Tahiti 14th Gold medal (1966, 1975, 1979, 1983, 1995)
 Vanuatu 14th Silver medal (1971)

Eligibility status

The teams are eligible for one or both knockout stages depending on their affiliation.[6]

Team Affiliated to Eligible for
OFC FIFA IOC Pacific Games Council Olympic Qualifying knockout stage Pacific Games knockout stage
 Fiji Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
FS Micronesia No No Yes Yes No Yes
 New Caledonia Yes Yes No Yes No Yes
 New Zealand Yes Yes Yes No Yes No
 Papua New Guinea Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
 Solomon Islands Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
 Tahiti Yes Yes No Yes No Yes
 Vanuatu Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes

Venues

Port Moresby
Bisini Sports Complex Sir Hubert Murray Stadium
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Squads

Group stage

The draw was held on 1 June 2015 at the OFC Headquarters at Auckland.[8] The eight teams were drawn into two groups of four.

For the OFC Men's Olympic Qualifying Tournament, only the five teams (Fiji, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands and Vanuatu) which are FIFA and IOC members were eligible. The top two IOC member teams of each group advanced to the Olympic Qualifying semi-finals.

For the Pacific Games Men's Football Tournament, the top two teams of each group advanced to the Pacific Games semi-finals with the exception of New Zealand, who were not eligible as they are not a Pacific Games Council member.

All times UTC+10.[9]

Group A

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1  Tahiti 3 2 1 0 32 1 +31 7 Pacific Games knockout stage
2  Fiji 3 1 2 0 39 1 +38 5 Olympic Qualifying and Pacific Games knockout stage
3  Vanuatu 3 1 1 1 48 3 +45 4 Olympic Qualifying knockout stage
4 FS Micronesia 3 0 0 3 0 114 −114 0
Source: OFC

3 July 2015 (2015-07-03)
10:00
FS Micronesia 0–30  Tahiti
Report Maihi Goal 2'34'46'52'86'
Hauata Goal 9'48'90+6'
Tehuritaua Goal 12'20'40'45+2'
Tehina Goal 24'38'49'54'
Petigas Goal 34'
Tihoni Goal 50'51'90+1'
Tissot Goal 60'64'66'75'82'85'
Taupotini Goal 63'
Tauira Goal 90'90+2'90+4'

3 July 2015 (2015-07-03)
14:00
Fiji  1–1  Vanuatu
Chand Goal 63' Report J. Kaltack Goal 20'

5 July 2015 (2015-07-05)
10:00
FS Micronesia 0–38  Fiji
Report Wasasala Goal 2'6'27'29'30'
Goal 36'52'56'65'
Tuivuna Goal 4'9'28'43'45'
Goal 45+4'70'85'90+3'90+6'
Verevou Goal 8'26'40'45+2'45+3'
Qasevakatini Goal 10'12'24'59'67'
Prasad Goal 21'63'64'75'80'
Waranaivalu Goal 47'
Nawakula Goal 79'88'
Nakalevu Goal 90+5'

5 July 2015 (2015-07-05)
14:00
Tahiti  2–1  Vanuatu
Tissot Goal 70'
Hauata Goal 80'
Report B. Kaltack Goal 54' (pen.)

7 July 2015 (2015-07-07)
11:00
Vanuatu  46–0 FS Micronesia
T. Kaltack Goal 2'18'27'49'53'56'
Nicholls Goal 3'16'37'45+3'50'
Goal 57'61'64'65'72'
J. Kaltack Goal 4'6'17'34'37'
Goal 44'45'45+2'47'54'
Goal 59'60'66'73'90+3'90+4'
Mansale Goal 12'20'22'29'30'36'
Damalip Goal 14'45+1'
B. Kaltack Goal 23'
Nikiau Goal 55'
Roqara Goal 68'89'
Manuhi Goal 74'
Andrews Goal 90'
Report

7 July 2015 (2015-07-07)
14:00
Tahiti  0–0  Fiji
Report

Group B

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1  New Zealand 3 3 0 0 8 0 +8 9 Olympic Qualifying knockout stage
2  New Caledonia 3 2 0 1 2 5 −3 6 Pacific Games knockout stage
3  Papua New Guinea (H) 3 1 0 2 2 3 −1 3 Olympic Qualifying and Pacific Games knockout stage
4  Solomon Islands 3 0 0 3 1 5 −4 0
Source: OFC
(H) Host.

3 July 2015 (2015-07-03)
12:00
New Zealand  2–0  Solomon Islands
Patterson Goal 29'
Rufer Goal 40'
Report

5 July 2015 (2015-07-05)
12:00
New Caledonia  1–0  Solomon Islands
 ? Goal 85' (o.g.) Report

7 July 2015 (2015-07-07)
11:00
Solomon Islands  1–2  Papua New Guinea
Tome Goal 87' Report Semmy Goal 18'
Sabua Goal 65'

7 July 2015 (2015-07-07)
14:00
New Caledonia  0–5  New Zealand
Report Hudson-Wihongi Goal 13'
Rogerson Goal 29'61'68'
Prelevic Goal 47'

Olympic Qualifying knockout stage

Only the five teams (Fiji, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands and Vanuatu) which are FIFA and IOC members were eligible.

 
Semi-finals Final
 
           
 
10 July – Port Moresby
 
 
 Fiji 3
 
12 July – Port Moresby
 
 Papua New Guinea 1
 
 Fiji (pen.) 0 (4)
 
10 July – Port Moresby
 
 Vanuatu 0 (3)
 
 New Zealand 0
 
 
 Vanuatu (awd.) 3
 

Olympic Qualifying semi-finals

10 July 2015 (2015-07-10)
11:00
Fiji  3–1  Papua New Guinea
Qasevakatini Goal 3'45+1'53' Report Semmy Goal 10' (pen.)

10 July 2015 (2015-07-10)
14:30
New Zealand  0–3
Awarded
 Vanuatu
Patterson Goal 47'
Tuiloma Goal 56'
Report

New Zealand advanced to the Olympic Qualifying final, however were replaced by Vanuatu on the day of the final after the Oceania Football Confederation found that they had fielded an ineligible player, Deklan Wynne, in the semi-final and the match was declared a 3–0 victory for Vanuatu.[14][15] New Zealand were unable to appeal before the final was played and have subsequently announced they would appeal.[16] On 23 October 2015, the OFC announced that New Zealand's appeal had been rejected,[17] meaning New Zealand's only chance to overturn the decision would be to appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport.[18] On 13 November 2015, New Zealand Football confirmed that they would not appeal.[19]

Olympic Qualifying final

Fiji qualified for 2016 Summer Olympics. This is the first time a team from OFC other than Australia or New Zealand qualified for the Olympics.

Team Qualified on Previous appearances in tournament1
 Fiji 12 July 2015 0 (debut)
1 Bold indicates champion for that year. Italic indicates host for that year. Statistics include all Olympic format (current Olympic under-23 format started in 1992).

Pacific Games knockout stage

New Zealand were not eligible as they are not a Pacific Games Council member.

 
Semi-finals Gold medal match
 
           
 
15 July – Port Moresby
 
 
 Tahiti 2
 
17 July – Port Moresby
 
 Papua New Guinea 1
 
 Tahiti 0
 
15 July – Port Moresby
 
 New Caledonia 2
 
 New Caledonia 2
 
 
 Fiji 1
 
Bronze medal match
 
 
17 July – Port Moresby
 
 
 Papua New Guinea 2
 
 
 Fiji 1

Pacific Games semi-finals

15 July 2015 (2015-07-15)
11:00
Tahiti  2–1  Papua New Guinea
Tissot Goal 55'
Lucas Goal 76'
Report Semmy Goal 83'

15 July 2015 (2015-07-15)
14:30
New Caledonia  2–1  Fiji
Ouka Goal 5'
Decoire Goal 42'
Report Qasevakatini Goal 34'

Bronze medal match

17 July 2015 (2015-07-17)
15:00
Papua New Guinea  2–1  Fiji
Aisa Goal 8'
A. Komolong Goal 90+1'
Report Tuivuna Goal 50'

Gold medal match

17 July 2015 (2015-07-17)
19:00
Tahiti  0–2  New Caledonia
Report Ouka Goal 30'
Oiremoin Goal 74' (pen.)

Goalscorers

17 goals
11 goals
10 goals
9 goals
8 goals
6 goals
5 goals
4 goals
3 goals
2 goals
1 goal
Own goal
  • Solomon Islands 1 own goal (playing against New Caledonia)

See also

References

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