Wallis & Futuna

Joined: October 31st, 2006, 5:16 pm

December 2nd, 2009, 8:52 pm #1

Surprisingly, I got a reply from Wallis & Futuna when I asked if there was a current team, because they don't seem to have played since 1995. I also asked if they might want to join OFC in future:

"II ne se passe apparemment plus rien du côté foot à Wallis et Futuna.
L’équipe du service a été un peu renouvelée, nouveau directeur et nouveau professeur de sports.
Peut-être que cette discipline sera relancée ?
Recontactez nous d’ici quelques mois !

Merci.

Jean Violet"
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Joined: June 23rd, 2010, 10:03 pm

June 24th, 2010, 7:39 pm #2

Did you ever email W&F back??
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Joined: October 31st, 2006, 5:16 pm

June 25th, 2010, 1:23 am #3

No, I had forgotten all about it.
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Joined: March 19th, 2013, 7:41 am

July 2nd, 2014, 10:40 am #4

Here is a video of the current situation of football on the islands. My French has gotten a bit rusty so I´m afraid I cannot translate it :(
https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?v=75 ... =2&theater

They mention something from "Variétés Club de France". Isn´t that the team where Michel Platini played when they faced St. Pierre and Miquelon in the 90´s!?
I think Patrick Bonfils talks about the team touring the Pacific. They include former football player Jose Toure. I know that he for example already played in that Variétés Club de France team when
they played St Barths.
Last edited by nico1.nonfifa.fr on July 2nd, 2014, 10:51 am, edited 1 time in total.
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Joined: November 3rd, 2006, 11:49 am

July 2nd, 2014, 12:26 pm #5

since 2005 no football activity....there is hope football will be back in Futuna but in Wallis nothing moves...that what I hear
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Joined: March 19th, 2013, 7:41 am

July 2nd, 2014, 2:54 pm #6

Yes I thought I understood something like this. Still strange that football simply vanished there.
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Joined: February 9th, 2011, 2:58 pm

July 4th, 2014, 5:07 am #7

Some more details from what I hear:
In Wallis et Futuna football doesn't exist: no clubs, no leagues, no players. In 2005, because of a dispute, the French FA put an end to the football activity in the islands. Football in Wallis et Futuna was brought in 1926, thanks to the French sailor Alain Gerbault. In the past, several French "stars" used to make some tournées in Wallis et Futuna. The most famous was José Touré, Olympic champion in 1984. Now, the football future is quite uncertain: there are hopes for a football revival in Futuna, but in Wallis, it's in a deadlock.
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Joined: November 3rd, 2006, 11:49 am

July 4th, 2014, 7:05 am #8

your French seems more then OK....I only can confirm this 
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Joined: February 9th, 2011, 2:58 pm

July 5th, 2014, 4:36 am #9

Merci, Pieter. Mon français est certainement meilleur que mon anglais


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Joined: November 3rd, 2006, 11:49 am

July 5th, 2014, 5:16 am #10

and it is a pity Wallis et Futuna has no football: in the 90's they had a competitive team in the SPG
hope to see them back
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Joined: October 31st, 2006, 5:16 pm

July 5th, 2014, 9:31 am #11

In the past, they could certainly compete with the minnows (Tuvalu, Tonga, Cook Islands, Samoa, American Samoa), but they were definitely not on the same level as Solomon Islands, Vanuatu, Fiji, etc. If they come back, I expect they might even lose to the OFC minnows.
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Joined: March 19th, 2013, 7:41 am

July 5th, 2014, 4:34 pm #12

Damn my french is bad these days ;) Thanks for the translation. On the same channel they had also a video which was published only a few weeks prior to this one where they said they plan to again establish the league. But you never know.I´m also looking for more information about the past national teams of Wallis for years now. But simply isn´t anything a all.
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Joined: March 19th, 2013, 7:41 am

July 12th, 2015, 3:10 am #13

Championship on the island of Futuna:
Third place game:
Vele beats Fiua

Final:
Ono - Leava 8:0

http://marinafutuna.canalblog.com/archi ... 20325.html and facebook.

Squads as far as known.

Ono:
Marie France Pagatele
Petelo Sanele Masei
Fenua Nau
Erick Alofi
Pagatele Kana
Tuale Nau
Soane Masei
Sefo Leleivai
Bosco Vaitanaki Masei
Tiele Tufele
Piui
Mikaele
Black's Masei

Vele:
Suliano Maituku
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Joined: November 3rd, 2006, 11:49 am

April 25th, 2018, 1:02 pm #14

Wallis et Futuna had their first national team in 1957 (there is a stamp with the picture from 2017) any idea of games in that period? I found the information on Federaciones...
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Joined: April 7th, 2007, 12:28 pm

April 25th, 2018, 5:13 pm #15

Well, Tahiti played a series in New Caledonia in 1957, and also Tahiti played vs the New Hebrides (now Vanuatu).  A stopover in Wallis/Futuna might make sense.

Alternatively, following the pattern of other islands, the earliest matches were generally against passing ships.
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