They will face hosts Tahiti, the Solomon Islands, Vanuatu and New Caledonia, with the overall winner to qualify for a spot at the FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup Paraguay 2019. Team Tahiti are the overwhelming favourites in the tournament with a resume that includes reaching two World Cup finals.
OFC Futsal and Beach Soccer Development Officer Paul Toohey said in a media statement that he was pleased with Tonga’s inclusion – their first time to compete in the tournament.
“The new team is Tonga, and we are very proud to finally bring them into our Beach Soccer family. TFA Technical Director Kilifi Uele was very much inspired by FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup Tahiti 2013 and the Tongan team’s presence in this tournament is part of his vision, and the legacy of that World Cup,” added the OFC Futsal and Beach Soccer Development Officer.
Tonga’s match schedule
17 June - Bye
18 June – Tahiti
19 June – Solomon Islands
20 June – New Caledonia
21 June – Vanuatu
22 June – Final and 3rd Place Play-Off