The pools have been decided and the pre-season fixture was finalised at a meeting conducted on Wednesday with all local football club representatives at the CIFA headquarters.
The pre-season competition will run from July 19 with the finals to be played on August 12.
Teams have been drawn into two pools – Pool A and Pool B for this pre-season competition.
Pool A consist of Titikaveka FC, Puaikura FC, Takuvaine FC, and Tupapa Maraerenga while Pool B consist of Nikao Sokattak FC, Avatiu FC and Matavera FC.
The seven divisions participating the pre-season includes the premier men, senior women, U17 men, U14 girls, U11 and U8 mix teams.
“We can now countdown until the first game,” says competition manager, Pauline Dean.
“That’s when the reigning champions of all divisions will begin their 2017 campaign to retain the silverware.”
The competition will set the scene for the soccer season and will provide players and teams ample game time and preparation heading into the main season for the year.
The competition will run for four weeks and each team will play one full round of games before heading into the knock-out format where the winner of Pool A will play against the runner up of Pool B, and the winner of Pool B will take on the runner up team from Pool A to determine the finalists of the competition.
Football fans around Rarotonga will definitely find the matches as one of the most interesting in the 2017 season; producing fixtures that will give them exciting moments
The draw for the pre-season competition will be made available in the coming days. - CIFA