FIFA president Gianni Infantino is set to make a ‘historic’ visit to the Cook Islands this Friday.
The Cook Islands Football community
is eagerly awaiting the arrival of the head of world football’s governing body.
This visit marks a historic
moment, as it will be the first time a FIFA president has touched down on Cook
In a statement, Cook Islands
Football Association (CIFA) said it hopes that this visit will not be the last
and anticipates strengthened ties with FIFA as a result.
“As the FIFA Women’s World Cup
takes place in New Zealand and Australia, President Infantino has seized the
opportunity to visit all Member Associations of Football across the Oceania
region. His stop in the Cook Islands is part of a broader tour to establish
connections and further develop football in these remote areas,” CIFA said.
“The timing of this visit could
not be better for Cook Islands Football, as there is plenty of activity
happening within the local football community. The presence of the FIFA
President will serve to showcase how far football has developed within the Cook
Islands and inspire continued growth.”
President Infantino, along with
his delegation, is scheduled to arrive at 9am on Friday. During his brief three-hour
stay in the Cook Islands, Infantino will meet with government officials before
heading to CIFA Headquarters to engage with members of the Cook Islands
“This event provides an
excellent opportunity for local officials and football enthusiasts to discuss
their goals, challenges, and successes directly with the head of world football’s
Following his Cook Islands visit,
Infantino will continue his tour of Oceania by travelling with his delegation
to American Samoa, departing around 12pm.
CIFA said: “The impact of this
groundbreaking visit is sure to resonate within the Cook Islands football
community for years to come. It signifies global recognition of passion and
commitment to growing the football in the Cook Islands.”