Federated States of Micronesia

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Federated States of Micronesia

Aki13
Joined: 20 Dec 2006, 20:11

01 Mar 2009, 10:24 #1

Dont know if you've seen this before but I was browsing around and came across these reports of Friendly's that Micronesia played against an Italian Club side.

http://home.comcast.net/~fsmfa/national_team_news.htm
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Nathan
Joined: 03 Jan 2007, 15:49

01 Mar 2009, 12:30 #2

Very Interesting never seen these results before. Thank you very much for this article. Shame the website is disused and a bit out of date
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Aki13
Joined: 20 Dec 2006, 20:11

01 Mar 2009, 14:32 #3

No worries
Yes I used to check this up a few years ago, but was never updated then, but I found it again a few days ago, still not updated.
I have also just found the Micronesian FA's website it comes from, however this is also no longer updated but its interesting to look around.
There are some pictures of the 1999 Micronesian Cup on here.
http://home.comcast.net/~fsmfa/fsmfa.htm
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Nathan
Joined: 03 Jan 2007, 15:49

01 Mar 2009, 14:40 #4

The photos of the Micronesian Cup had been posted up before on this forum im sure as I have seen them before.
Good to see them again though. Wish the Micronesia national team would start playing again.
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Stanza13
Joined: 20 Oct 2007, 01:44

01 Mar 2009, 15:49 #5

Nathan wrote:Good to see them again though. Wish the Micronesia national team would start playing again.
Yes, let's hope!
Daniele Fiore
FORZA ISCHIA!!!
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pieter
Joined: 03 Nov 2006, 16:49

01 Mar 2009, 16:24 #6

They have been active for some years, I presume they lack financial ressources to continue their work. They also attended a FIFA congress in that period, but it is very quiet since their participation in the SPGames...
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Aki13
Joined: 20 Dec 2006, 20:11

01 Mar 2009, 18:45 #7

Strange how they played so often, but now FA don't update website or arrange further fixtures.
Would like to see them play against Guam/Palau or North Mariana's to get idea of real level.
Also would be good to see a 1st Friendly against Marshall Islands
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Stanza13
Joined: 20 Oct 2007, 01:44

01 Mar 2009, 19:55 #8

Aki13 wrote:
Also would be good to see a 1st Friendly against Marshall Islands
Yes, it will be very interesting!
Daniele Fiore
FORZA ISCHIA!!!
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jonny
Joined: 02 Nov 2006, 22:03

18 Aug 2009, 09:53 #9

Two Londoners are gearing up to coach the national football team of a remote island which has not won a match since it began playing the game 25 years ago.
Paul Watson, of Hammersmith, and Matthew Conrad, of Kensington, both 25, will fly to Pohnpei, in the western Pacific Ocean, in September.
They had the idea of coaching the side - the world's lowest ranked - during a search for the most remote teams.
The pair hope to turn around the team's fortunes by next summer.
Pohnpei, the largest of the four island clusters forming the Federated States of Micronesia (FSM), was introduced to football in 1985 by an expat from Ghana but the island has never won a match.
The first time I got their mail I thought it was a prank
Charles Musana
Former Pohnpei coach
The state has been ranked last by the Nouvelle Federation, an association of football-playing countries not recognised by football's world governing body, Fifa.
Pohnpei lies between Papua New Guinea and Guam and is more than 1,600km (994 miles) east of Guam.
Mr Watson, a sports writer, and Mr Conrad, a film student who has been studying in the US, came across Pohnpei in December 2007 in the federation's list while researching for a documentary.
They have now been appointed by the Pohnpei Soccer Association as managers to the team.
Mr Conrad said: "We found Pohnpei was at the bottom of the ratings list so we were interested and we made contact."


Paul Watson and Matthew Conrad hope to get sponsors
The football lovers got in touch with Charles Musana, the island's former football coach, who now lives in Chingford, east London, and floated the idea of coaching.
Mr Musana said: "The first time I got their mail I thought it was a prank."
He said baseball and basketball were the main sports on the island and football was mostly a "recreational and non-competitive" game which meant it lacked sponsors and political support.
In 2003 Pohnpei players played their last international match, with eight players joining the FSM team at the South Pacific Games.
Mr Musana said: "When they came back the team disintegrated and from 2003 onwards international competitive football ended.
"This is a project we don't want to let down. We want Pohnpei and FSM to become a football-playing nation rather than this being a one-time thing after which football dies."
Playing barefoot
The Londoners visited the Pacific state with Mr Musana for the first time in July.
Mr Watson said: "We ran training sessions and between 13 and 25 people turned up for the sessions depending on the weather.

The first objective for the new coaches is for the team to win their first match
"Some people walked 5km (3.1 miles) each way from their homes everyday in driving rain with no shoes.
"We took lots of boots with us but none of them wanted to wear them, as they are used to playing without."
Mr Conrad said: "They are a really tough bunch of people. The kids have no fear and you find the smallest child tackling the largest players, they are like little Hercules."
Before their trip in July, Mr Watson and Mr Conrad received kit donations from Norwich City, Yeovil Town and Tottenham Hotspur.
They plan to go back to the island on 17 September.
And their long-term ambitions do not simply focus on the team winning their first match.
Mr Conrad said: "The highlight would be to get football infrastructure, government funding in place and win certainly one game and then establish dominance in the South Pacific and then the world."
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/engl ... 205348.stm
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TheRoonBa
Joined: 31 Oct 2006, 22:16

18 Aug 2009, 18:14 #10

Seems strange that a writer and ajournalist would coach a football team - do they have any coaching or footballing experience? According to Wikipedia, they have no experience at all - so seems the only qualification needed was to want to go to Pohnpei. And they expect to improve their football this way?
I'm surprised that the BBC calls it "a national football team" (wrong, Pohnpei is not a country) of a "remote island" - (wrong again, Pohnpei is an island group making up a state of Micronesia).
The Wikipedia page on Pohnpei also makes reference to the "Pohnpei national team" - and mentions that they last played a game in 2004, losing 16-0 to Guam (Haven't seen this anywhere, could be referring to the 1998 game which they lost 16-1 to Guam). Also says that they had plans to join the OFC - I deleted this part on the Wikipedia page, as it is obviously nonsense. Micronesia is already an associate member, and Pohnpei forms part of Micronesia.
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nfm24
Joined: 07 Apr 2007, 16:28

19 Aug 2009, 10:29 #11

Another example of the traditional nonsense published in these sort of articles.
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Calapez
Joined: 12 Sep 2007, 00:28

19 Aug 2009, 15:18 #12

The state has been ranked last by the Nouvelle Federation, an association of football-playing countries not recognised by football's world governing body, Fifa.
Where they got this?
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jonny
Joined: 02 Nov 2006, 22:03

29 Nov 2009, 21:53 #13

Pohnpei State Coach Paul Watson appeared on British radio show 'The Danny Baker Show' on Saturday morning and emphasised the level of talent in his squad.
Watson was attempting to generate publicity for the latest sponsorship campaign that encourages British football fans to buy boots for players in the Pohnpei State team.
During the interview on BBC Radio Five Live, Watson described the challenges of coaching in Micronesia but stressed his belief that the team can go far.
"There are some hugely talented players in Pohnpei," he said. "With the right coaching we will have a very good team and we can go take on anyone."
After praising the Island Pit-Bulls, Watson reserved a special mention for their captain Dilshan Senarathgoda.
"I honestly believe he could play at League One or League Two level," he claimed. "If there are any managers listening on the way to games then they should get in touch - I believe the transfer record for the Island Pit-Bulls is six or seven beers!"
The Pohnpei Soccer 'Sponsor A Player' initiative has been a great success - in January 2010 all 16 players in the State squad will be given their own pair of soft-ground boots.
Meanwhile, sponsorship has been agreed for 12 trophies to be awarded at the Pohnpei Premier League presentation ceremony on December 9.
Amongst the kind benefactors are local companies the Kaselehlie Press and Visual Impact.

Pohnpei Soccer association`s website :

http://www.pohnpeisoccer.com/
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jonny
Joined: 02 Nov 2006, 22:03

29 Nov 2009, 21:55 #14

Pohnpei are set to compete abroad in 2010 and the competition for places in that squad will be fierce.

http://www.pohnpeisoccer.com/Pohnpei%20State%20Team.htm
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Aki13
Joined: 20 Dec 2006, 20:11

30 Nov 2009, 11:21 #15

Great to see some activity in FSM again.
I wonder where they will play abroad?
Any ideas?
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jonny
Joined: 02 Nov 2006, 22:03

12 Dec 2009, 23:31 #16

Paul Watson found a similarly bleak situation when, earlier this year, the young Englishman moved to Pohnpei, one of four islands that form the Federated States of Micronesia (FSM). The Micronesians had made their Pacific Games debut in 2003 in Fiji, where their best result was a 7-0 thumping from Tonga. The other games were lost 10-0 to Papua New Guinea, 17-0 to Tahiti and 18-0 to New Caledonia.
“You've got to expect some beatings to start with, but mentally the islanders do not like it,” admits Watson, who, along with his assistant, Dilshan Senarathgoda, organised a four-team league in Pohnpei, which Island Pitbulls won. The 2011 Pacific Games in New Caledonia is an ambition but Watson needs players from the other three islands in the FSM – and that's not exactly easy. “It's a two-hour flight costing £400 just to bring a player over for a trial from Yap [the nearest island],” he shrugs.
Yawning distances between islands is the reason the Oceania Football Confederation (OFC) suggested that Micronesia might prefer to join the Asian Football Confederation (AFC), whose members include nearer neighbours such as Guam.

http://www.worldsoccer.com/features/rai ... 90184.html
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jonny
Joined: 02 Nov 2006, 22:03

26 Dec 2009, 20:37 #17

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Eagles
Joined: 28 Dec 2009, 15:38

28 Dec 2009, 16:00 #18

So is Paul Watson trying to put players together from different islands so he can officially coach the Micronesia national team instead of just the Pohnpei national team?
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8780989
Joined: 26 Mar 2008, 22:38

01 Jan 2010, 21:34 #19

Does anybody have any contact details for the Micronesia FA? The address on their sportingpulese page does not work anymore, and their official site is down. I can find emails for the individual Yap/Chuuk/Pohnpei FA's but not the FSMFA. Any ideas?
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Moses
Joined: 02 Nov 2006, 21:55

03 Jan 2010, 15:01 #20

Sorry, but I only have the old contact details from the old website, have you tried making contact via the National Olympic Committee?
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8780989
Joined: 26 Mar 2008, 22:38

10 Feb 2010, 15:20 #21

'We’ve known for some time that if FIFA are ever going to accept us, we need to compete under the title of Federated States of Micronesia, rather than Pohnpei.
This means one of two options. 1 – Rebranding our Pohnpei team as the Federated States of Micronesia despite not having any players from our neighbouring islands. 2 – Uniting four islands separated by miles of ocean and thousands of pounds of air fares.
As tempting as the former is, we pretty much have to go for the latter. So that means finding some interest in Kosrae, Chuuk and Yap and somehow wangling the funds to run workshops there and to bring the best players over to Pohnpei for FSM training camps.
It’s a huge ask. But I tentatively made the first step by firing off emails to Kosrae, Chuuk and Yap. I expected at least one to bounce straight back as undelivered and one to reach the wrong man.
What I didn’t expect was a very positive reply almost instantly from Kosrae. Like Yap, Kosrae is much smaller than Pohnpei and has a population of less than 8,000. It also has no tradition of football and very little pedigree in any other sport. It’s basically just a diver’s paradise. But my email asking about the state of football there was met with great enthusiasm by sports chief Sterling Skilling and we have arranged to meet when he visits Pohnpei at the end of February.
One down, two to go.'
On the blog of Pohnpei coach Paul Watson.
Below is the link
http://backofthenet.markwatsonthecomedi ... soccermen/
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Eagles
Joined: 28 Dec 2009, 15:38

13 Apr 2010, 19:10 #22

Found this on Pohnpei Soccer Website

Federated States of Micronesia Football Association reforms 23 February 2010
During today's Federated States of Micronesia Olympic Committee Annual General Meeting in Pohnpei, the FSM Football Association re-formed with new officers.
The priority for the next 12 months will be the development of football in Chuuk, Yap and Kosrae along the lines of Pohnpei's recent progress to create a national structure and national team.
An FSM FA website will be created shortly and will bring you all the latest from the four states.
Everyone involved would like to thank Jim Tobin and the FSM Olympic Committee for their invaluable help in this process.
FEDERATED STATES OF MICRONESIA FOOTBALL ASSOCIATION:
President - Steve Finnen
Secretary General - Clark Graham
Vice-Presidents - Dilshan Senarathgoda, Paul Lane, Sterling Skilling (to elect Kosraean representative)
National Coach - Paul Watson

So it appears that Micronesia are finally becoming more serious about football. Maybe they will join FIFA in the future after all.
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Ironhide
Joined: 02 Nov 2006, 21:07

15 Apr 2010, 20:58 #23

Interesting If Micronesia will form a team before 2011 South Pacific Games, so they can play in tournament/qualifyings for 2014 World Cup like Tuvalu or Kiribati.
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Eagles
Joined: 28 Dec 2009, 15:38

21 May 2010, 00:22 #24

I saw on the new Micronesia national team webbsite that they are a member of FIFA and the AFC, particularily in the EAFF. I know they arent apart of FIFA but are they a part of the EAFF?
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pieter
Joined: 03 Nov 2006, 16:49

21 May 2010, 08:13 #25

What is the new website of Micronesia ? They are not FIFA-members....
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Eagles
Joined: 28 Dec 2009, 15:38

21 May 2010, 11:15 #26

It is fsmfa.com I saw it under their statutes on the right side.
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nfm24
Joined: 07 Apr 2007, 16:28

21 May 2010, 13:29 #27

I think those statutes were produced from a template for FIFA members, where they replaced "COUNTRY" with Micronesia, overlooking the fact that they weren't members of FIFA.
Perhaps this is a new approach for non-FIFA countries : just declare that you are in fact members, and hope that FIFA are so incompetent and disorganized, they believe you.
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jonny
Joined: 02 Nov 2006, 22:03

06 Oct 2010, 08:37 #28

AUGUST 20, 2010 - OCTOBER DATE SET FOR FSM COACHES VISIT
Federated States of Micronesia head coach Paul Watson and assistants Matthew Conrad and Dilshan Senarathgoda will visit Yap in October to assess the level of football on the island and set in motion plans for the development of the game.
Yap is expected to enter a state team at the 2011 FSM Games and will look to recreate the success the island enjoyed in the game nearly a decade ago when they were the powerhouse of FSM football.
Watson, Conrad and Senarathgoda are set to visit Yap between October 9 and October 14 and aim to follow up the trip with a longer spell early in 2011.
AUGUST 19, 2010 - POHNPEI STATE COACHES VISIT CHUUK
Pohnpei State captain Dilshan Senarathgoda and assistant coach Matthew Conrad have made a visit to Chuuk to assess the current state of football on the island.
The long-term goal is to develop football in all four Micronesian states, paving the way for a national FSM team.
Senarathgoda and Conrad touched down in Chuuk with the aim of gathering information to draw up a plan for the development of the game on the island.

http://www.fsmfa.com/
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nico1.roonba.fr
Joined: 27 Feb 2008, 16:19

29 Dec 2010, 18:29 #29

Very nice, seems Micronesia finally gets the football rolling.
FSM Football Association wins Australian sports grant

The Australian Sports Outreach Program has awarded the FSM Football Association a grant of AUD$10,000 to undertake a project called “FSM Grassroot Soccer Development Programme” with the latest round of ASOP funding.
This grassroots project will set up youth and adult soccer leagues in each of the four FSM states by July 2011. The project has a plan to teach the sport of soccer at some of the elementary schools in each state so that youth leagues can be started. The association's goal is to have at least four UEFA Level 1 qualified coaches present in each state by September 2010 and to have four state teams ready to compete in the next FSM Games, which will be held in Pohnpei in the summer of 2011.
Another objective of the project, as stated in the grant report, is to increase the awareness of the need for health and physical education in the FSM.
In discussing the grant award, Steve Finnen, president of the FSM Soccer Association, said that, “Soccer is a great sport for the FSM. The sport itself does not require huge size or specialized equipment. The speed and agility of our athletes makes this sport a natural for this country and we are hoping to build up the sport here in the FSM, so that ultimately our athletes can play on the world stage.” (PR)
http://www.saipantribune.com/newsstory. ... sID=105532
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Luca
Joined: 09 Feb 2011, 19:58

22 Sep 2017, 19:42 #30

I post an interesting video about the Federated States of Micronesia, almost surely from 1999. I took a quick look at it, but it shows the games versus Crusaders and versus Nothern Marianas probably from the Micronesian Cup. They are showed from minute 30:00 on.

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mattsanger92
Joined: 04 Jul 2011, 10:46

24 Sep 2017, 11:45 #31

That game before against Crusaders (who or what they are is a side-question on its own)... nice bit of throwback kit there.
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