The CIFA Kia Orana Youth Football Festival is set to kick off in Rarotonga in a fortnight’s time.
annual festival kicks off during the first week of May from Saturday, May 1 to
Saturday, May 8. The festival will
feature four divisions – under-15 boys and U15 girls, along with the latest
inclusion of the U18 men and women.
is the third edition of the Kia Orana Youth Festival that Cook Islands Football
Association has undertaken with many more planned to come.
festival will be run across three venues and four fields during its weeklong
span with the CIFA complex being the host of two fields and Teimurimotia Park and
Matavera field being the other venues.
start arriving in Rarotonga this Wednesday from the outer islands with Mangaia
being the first followed by Mauke, Aitutaki, Atiu and Mitiaro.
total, there will be 31 teams that will be playing in four divisions with over
600 players confirmed to be in the tournament. Also included in the tournament
is five teams from Rarotonga from the villages of Vaka Takitumu, Tupapa
Maraerenga, Avatiu, Nikao and Puaikura.
competition has been set out to be played in a pool format with each of the four
divisions separated into two pools – Pool A and B.
have been preparing for this tournament for the past few months now, with
trainings said to have started in as early as January.
will be an exciting week of competition for both the players and the spectators
as this will be one of the biggest football events in Rarotonga this year.
Under 18 Men’s Pool A: Puaikura, Atiu, Mangaia, Nikao; Under 18 Men’s Pool B:
Tupapa Maraerenga, Takitumu, Aitutaki, Mauke; Under 18 Women’s Pool A: Puaikura,
Atiu, Mangaia, Nikao; Under 18 Men’s Pool B: Tupapa Maraerenga, Takitumu, Aitutaki;
Under 15 Boys Pool A: Puaikura, Atiu, Mangaia, Avatiu; Under 15 Boys Pool B: Tupapa
Maraerenga, Takitumu, Aitutaki, Mauke; Under 15 Girls Pool A: Puaikura, Atiu, Mangaia,
Avatiu; Under 15 Girls Pool B: Tupapa Maraerenga, Takitumu, Mauke, Mitiaro.