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The schedule for the 2010 Liberation Day Games tournament has been finalised.
Last year's competition saw the Island Pit-Bulls triumph over International FC after an enthralling and highly enjoyable competition.
This year, the mighty Pit-Bulls have broken up somewhat and gifted State Team players will be present in every side.
Official FIFA rules and regulations will be followed in what promises to be Pohnpei's most professional tournament to date.
LIBERATION DAY GAMES 2010 SCHEDULE:
Sunday November 7 - 2.30pm - International FC v Island Warriors
4.30pm - Island Pit-Bulls v SDA FC
Tuesday November 9 - 5.30pm - C.O.M FSM v Island Warriors
Thursday November 11 - 5.30pm - International FC v SDA FC
Sunday November 14 - 4.00pm - Island Pit-Bulls v Island Warriors
Tuesday November 16 - 5.30pm - SDA FC v C.O.M FSM FC
Thursday November 18 - 5.30pm - International FC v C.O.M FSM FC
Sunday November 21 - 4.00pm - Island Pit-Bulls v International FC
Tuesday November 23 - 5.30pm - C.O.M FSM FC v Island Pit-Bulls
Thursday November 25 - 5.30pm - Island Warriors v SDA FC
Sunday November 28 - 4.00pm - Semi-Final 1
Tuesday November 30 - 5.30pm - Semi-Final 2
Sunday December 5 - 3.00pm - FINAL
FIFA RULES AND REGULATIONS TO BE FOLLOWED
- The league will be of one round, each team playing each other team 1x.
- The top 4 teams with best records qualify for the semifinal round.
- In the semifinals, team with best qualifying record - #1 plays team with lowest qualifying record - #4(Semifinal 1). Teams that qualify #2 and #3 play each other (Semifinal 2).
- Each game won results in a total of 3 points
- Goal difference is accumulated through out the first round and comes into play to determine best records should teams be tied with the same number of points on the table.
- A minimum of 7 players must be on the pitch for a game to kick off.
- Failure on any teams behalf to be on the pitch 20 minutes after scheduled kick off time results in an automatic forfeit.
- Each game forfeit results in a win to opposing team with a goal difference of +5. The team forfeit is deducted -5 from goal difference tally.
- A red card results in an automatic 1 game suspension.
- Accumulation of 3 yellow cards during the course of the league results in a 1 game suspension (next game scheduled to play).
- Any degrading comments/arguments made towards referee or linesmen will result in an automatic yellow card to player/substitute.
- There will be a strict no drug and alcohol policy implemented. Any player chewing betelnutt during a game will be awarded a 1 game suspension. Any player drunk will be suspended for the remainder of the league.
- Each team will have a designated week to clean up the soccer pitch and surrounding area.
Week 1 – (Nov 07 –14) Island Warriors
Week 2 – (Nov 14–21) Pit-Bulls
Week 3 – (Nov 21- 28) COM-FSM F.C
Week 4 – (Nov 28 – Dec 05) – SDA
The Pohnpei Soccer Association has named its new representatives at an administrative level.
Pohnpei is aiming to bring locals into the decision-making processes in the hope that they will carry the game forward.
Albert Carlot has been named the new President. Albert has been a pivotal figure in Pohnpei football for the last year. He was the referee for most of the Pohnpei Premier League and was a constant source of support for the State Team in the build-up to Guam and during the tour.
The Vice-President is Denson Fairfield. The Island Warriors centre-back was voted Players' Player of the Tour to Guam and has become an inspirational driving force for football in Pohnpei.
Public defender Ira Shiflett is the new secretary and Johnson Masilamony, who has been football's greatest supporter in Pohnpei for a decade, is the treasurer.
Talented defender Rocky Henly, midfield wizard Marvin Jack and striking star Matthew Carlot have been appointed as liason officers alongside C.O.M coach Vasantha Senarathgoda.
Pohnpei's British coaching team of Paul Watson and Matthew Conrad have left the island after the successful tour of Guam and handed the reigns over to Dilshan Senarathgoda.
Watson and Conrad first arrived on Pohnpei in July 2009 and spent 15 months developing the game in Micronesia.
Their spell in charge culminated in Pohnpei securing its first ever win - a 7-1 thrashing of Guam side Crushers.
The pair intend to remain involved with football in the region but have passed the full-time coaching responsibilities on to captain Dilshan Senarathgoda.
POHNPEI SOCCER GUAM TOUR 2010:
October 2 - Rovers 3-2 Pohnpei
October 3 - Crushers 1-7 Pohnpei
October 5 - Carpet Masters 2-0 Pohnpei
October 6 - Guam 3-0 Pohnpei
Guam 3-0 Pohnpei
The tour finale clash between Pohnpei and Guam ended 3-0 to the hosts after a sterling performance from the underdog Pohnpei side.
Pohnpei played some fantastic football and were pushing hard just before the lights went off after 70 minutes, causing the game to be curtailed.
The visitors had thrived during a torrential rain storm with Matthew Carlot, Dilshan Senarathgoda and Mike Selikar all getting through on goal only to fail to beat the 'keeper.
Pohnpei had started the brighter but conceded a disappointing goal after some hesitant defence and were twice hit on the break as they pushed to reduce arrears.
The lights went off with 20 minutes remaining, leaving both sides unsure of what would happen next.
However, it has now been confirmed that the 3-0 score-line will stand.
After the game, the Guam Football Association donated a huge amount of kit to Pohnpei. Boots, balls and jerseys will be taken back to Micronesia where they will be hugely appreciated.
The Pohnpei Soccer Association would like to thank the Guam Football Association for their generous donations and also Mr Walden Weilbacher for transporting the equipment back to Pohnpei.
Carpet Masters 2-0 Pohnpei
It was a frustrating evening for Pohnpei as they failed to turn their possession into goals in a 2-0 loss against Division One side Carpet Masters.
After securing a historic first win over the Crushers the mood in the Pohnpei camp was positive ahead of their third game in four days.
However, the loss of Charles Welson to a wrist sprain forced team manager Andrew Falcam to come out of retirement between the posts.
Pohnpei dominated for long periods of the first half but were unable to get something to show for it.
Marvin Jack rattled the bar and the Carpet Masters had to scramble the ball off the line.
But Pohnpei fell behind when the ball wasn't cleared in two attempts and the Carpet Masters took full advantage.
A series of tactical switches at the start of the second half injected new life into Pohnpei, who piled on the pressure, forcing a series of corners but no final result.
Dilshan Senarathgoda was terrorising the Carpet defence and was brought down three times in attacking positions.
Pohnpei were sure they had a penalty on one occasion and had begun selecting the taker when the referee placed the ball on the very edge of the box. Dilshan stepped up and drove a free-kick centimetres over the bar.
As Pohnpei surged forwards, Carpet Masters hit them on the break to put the game beyond doubt.
It was a cruel result for Pohnpei but another magnificent performance from this inexperienced side.
The final game of the tour is a very tough test against the Guam national side tomorrow evening.
Crushers 1-7 Pohnpei
Carlot 2, Johnson 2, Santiago, Selikar, Mawi
Pohnpei notched up their first ever competitive victory as they cruised to a 7-1 win over Guam Division 2 side, Crushers.
After the bitter disappointment of Sunday’s narrow defeat to Guam Rovers, Pohnpei State flew out of the stalls in a relentless wave of attacks that saw them take an early lead through Matthew Carlot who buried Ryan Johnson’s through-ball from close range.
Ryan Johnson bagged one for himself with a neat finish and Nick Santiago added a 3rd before Carlot completed his brace before half time to put Pohnpei in a commanding position after 45 minutes.
It could have been more if captain Dilshan Senarathgoda had converted a marvellous solo run from the left wing. The midfielder skinned several Crushers defenders before shooting straight at a relieved Crushers goalkeeper.
The 2nd half saw Pohnpei maintain their stranglehold on the game. Denson Fairfield and Rocky Henly repelled anything that came even remotely near the Pohnpei goal. The Micronesian outfit reshuffled after Rodrigo Matamba made way for the towering defender Tom Mawi. Snarling right back Mike Selikar was pushed up onto the left wing and player’s blistering pace was a constant threat to the Crushers’ fading back line.
Marvin Jack continued his fine run of form; his cross was brought down by Selikar who gleefully smashed home for his first of the tour. Goalkeeper Charles Welson was then called into action as he flew across the goal to parry a rare Crushers long range effort.
Ryan Johnson added a well taken 6th before Tom Mawi put the game beyond doubt as he casually punted in the 7th from the edge of the area.
Crushers managed a late consolation but the Pohnpeian fans were in dreamland and scarcely seemed to notice. The final whistle saw a pitch invasion of the entire 24 supporter contingent as the team posed for a photographs to commemorate a critical milestone in the history of Micronesian soccer.
Pohnpei dominate but lose five-goal thriller 2 October 2010
Rovers 3-2 Pohnpei
Despite battling the searing heat to deliver a display of exhillarating passing football, Pohnpei came out on the wrong end of a 3-2 score-line in their first Guam outing.
The game began in temperatures of around 40 degrees celsius (or 100F) but Pohnpei looked hungry and passed the ball around fluidly.
Rodrigo Matamba fired just over and Matthew Carlot forced an impressive diving save from the Rovers 'keeper.
Disaster struck when a Roger Nakasone clearance rebounded off Dilshan Senarathgoda past Charles Welson in the Pohnpei goal for 1-0.
But the men in blue continued to make the running and found a deserved equaliser courtesy of young left winger Rodrigo Matamba, who thumped a strike in at the near post.
Rovers had no answer to Marvin Jack on the right side and his interplay with Mike Selikar allowed Nick Santiago to strike a fizzing drive just over the bar.
On the stroke of half-time, Pohnpei fell behind once more as Rovers took advantage of some sluggish defending to lash home with a neat finish.
Pohnpei came out for the second half with the same enthusiasm as the first and were so nearly level when Dilshan Senarathgoda's unbalanced shot struck the post and rolled along the goal-line before being turned to safety.
And the tourists were left rueing that near miss when it became 3-1 from the penalty spot as Selikar was adjudged to have brought down a Rovers striker.
Goalkeeper Charles Welson dived and tipped the kick onto the bar, but the ball went over the line despite his heroic efforts.
Pohnpei struck back when Tom Mawi rose powerfully and netted after a corner prompting a desperate bid for a late equaliser, but it wasn't to be.
Pohnpei fall to a 3-2 defeat in their tour opener but the players should be very proud of their performance.
Pohnpei team touches down in Guam 30 September 2010
After 15 months of intense training, the Micronesian squad were cheered by family, friends and members of the local community as they left Pohnpei Airport.
Federated States of Micronesia Olympic Committee secretary general Jim Tobin, who has been a key figure in supporting the game's development, was also present to offer some inspiring words for the players, telling them they are responsible for the future of the game in the region.
Pohnpei will play four games in Guam.
October 2 v Rovers
October 3 v Crushers
October 5 v Carpet Masters
Watson to appear on Radio Five Live, says FIFA must do more to help smaller nations 17 September 2010
The show airs on Radio Five Live and Paul will be on air at around 9.45am (GMT +1).
The Pohnpei State head coach also gave an interview to Radio New Zealand in which he appealed to FIFA to create a body to provide development assistance for nations and states struggling to promote grassroots soccer.
Football in Micronesia is on the up but the only major sources of funding have been the FSM Olympic Committee and sponsors Coyne Airways. No FIFA funding has been received in spite of a year of sustained development.
"There are many nations across the world and especially in the Pacific where soccer could provide a valuable antidote to health and social problems such as obesity and drug abuse," Watson stated.
"However, it is very hard for these nations to go about building a soccer programme from scratch. The lack of coaching expertise and start-up funding are formidable obstacles and the paperwork side of things can be very daunting.
"These countries are effectively told that in order to qualify for funding they must perform a number of difficult and expensive processes to prove their suitability. It's a Catch 22 situation.
"The football community needs to do more to help, especially when you consider that half an hour of Cristiano Ronaldo's wages could revolutionise the game for a whole nation."
Conrad returns to Pohnpei 15 September 2010
The selected 15-man squad will leave Pohnpei on September 30 and the provisional squad have just a few days left to secure their places on the plane.
Dilshan Senarathgoda has been running training since coaches Conrad and Paul Watson left the island last month but the pair are on their way back to prepare their men for Guam.
Joseph arrives in Manila 6 September 2010
Pohnpei State's No 9 was run over and suffered extensive injuries, but he is now recovering in hospital in the Philippines thanks to the swift action of the Pohnpei State government.
Get Well Soon Jo 2 September 2010
The 18-year-old striker is one of Pohnpei's most talented footballers and was expected to play a crucial role in the upcoming tour of Guam.
Pohnpei turn to Puma 19 August 2010
Pohnpei have been wearing an Adidas shirt for the last six months, but their new kit bearing the Coyne Airways logo will be made by Puma.
There are currently no plans to make the Guam tour kit available for general sale, but the old Adidas shirts are now on sale for the discounted rate of £30.
Pohnpei coaches visit Chuuk 17 August 2010
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.
With the help of local football leaders Curtis Graham and Tadashi Miyagi, the pair organised a highly successful exhibition game at Anderson Field, which was enjoyed by all.
While some players were old hands at the game, others were getting their first taste of football. The level of talent and enthusiasm certainly made an impression on Pohnpei coach Matthew Conrad.
"The fact that the pitch was mowed and marked within 24 hours of our arrival shows the commitment in Chuuk to developing football," the Londoner enthused.
"And we are all very excited about the possibility of working with Curtis Graham. He is a born leader of men."
Dilshan Senarathgoda intends to make regular visits to Chuuk over the next 12 months and Federated States of Micronesia coach Paul Watson has also stressed his desire to help develop the game on the island.
Daini Day for Pohnpei State 11 August 2010
The measure is expected to be a one-off, but football could be looking for a new home for the longer term if the pitch at PICS is relaid later on in the year.
The surface at PICS has been widely condemned for its marshy areas and small holes that were blamed for recent injuries to Roger Nakasone [pictured], Brian Taylor and Denson Fairfield.
"The safety of my players is my primary concern and responsibility," coach Paul Watson asserted. "I'm not convinced that PICS is playable and so we will be looking for new options when possible."
Witness The Fitness 9 August 2010
It was the dreaded fitness tests for members of the Pohnpei State team at PICS Field today.
After months of intensive training, coaches Paul Watson and Matthew Conrad demanded high standards as they put the team through their paces on a sweltering afternoon.
Captain Dilshan Senarathgoda and star striker Joseph Welson were the sprint kings, posting the fastest 100m times of the day.
However, the bleep test was won by Island Warriors winger Rodrigo Matamba and striker Ryan Johnson [pictured] with impressive showings from Rocky Henly, Marvin Jack, Robert and Bob Paul.
Roger Nakasone, Denson Fairfield and Brian Taylor were excused due to injury problems.
Pohnpei players hold car wash 7 August 2010
Members of the Pohnpei State team took part in a fundraising car wash this afternoon outside Visual Impact in Kolonia.
The squad were raising money for their tour of Guam between October 1 and 8.
A number of Pohnpeians called in and paid between $1 and $5 to have their car washed by their favourite footballers.
Club t-shirts for SDA FC, International FC and the Island Pit Bulls were also on sale for $15.
Taylor joins injury list 4 August 2010
The talented shot-stopper pulled up after taking a goal-kick and getting his striking foot caught in some loose turf.
COYNE AIRWAYS SPONSOR POHNPEI SOCCER! 1 August 2010
The squad has been training hard since their selection following the 2009 Pohnpei Premier League and Coyne Airways have now made it possible for the Pohnpei team to play their first fixture in a decade.
Pohnpei Soccer Association and everyone involved in football in the region would like to convey their deepest gratitude to our sponsors, who have given us this fantastic opportunity.
The trip is the first step in building a bright future for football in Micronesia, encouraging locals to pursue a healthy and active lifestyle, helping combat obesity and diabetes.
A new Pohnpei team shirt will be produced for the tour of Guam bearing the Coyne Airways logo and updates on the team's progress will appear at www.coyneair.com.
Coyne Airwaysare the pre-eminent air cargo company serving the Caspian, the Middle East and Asia run by the highly respected, charismatic industry magnate Larry Coyne.
"We are delighted to help the team fulfill their dream," Mr Coyne stated. "We understand how distance and logistics can pose such a challenge to a remote island like Pohnpei and we are proud to be the ones to step in and help."
Joseph Welson first goal against Island All-Stars
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