The ‘Win in Oceania’
development programme is a three-year initiative that
will leave a lasting legacy for OFC and its 11 member associations.
Launching in January
2009, the US$8million
project aims to boost national
competitions, improve infrastructure, strengthen administrative procedures and
enhance media capabilities across all member associations while encouraging
participation in futsal and grassroots programmes. It also aims to improve the
image of the OFC and its members regionally and worldwide.
is managing the FIFA-funded project with Senior Project Manager Vairani Davio and Deputy
Project Manager Billy Vaitoare leading a team of six project managers. The role of the project
managers is to partner the member associations and assist them in implementing programmes relevant to their needs. Project managers will
ensure each country achieves the results and objectives fixed by the Win in
In 2008, OFC worked on
the long term planning for ‘Win in Oceania’ and gave a series of presentations
at the OFC Extraordinary Congress held in Noumea in
June with FIFA President Joseph S. Blatter and FIFA
General Secretary Jerome Valcke in attendance. President Blatter said the project offered OFC an important
opportunity to build football in the region.
“Win in Oceania will be a
great success with the right infrastructure communication and leadership. I am proud to be the
president of FIFA when I see the exceptional development of this region and it
can be done because you have a strong leader in OFC President Reynald Temarii
with clear goals and vision,” said President Blatter.
President Reynald Temarii says
that the success of the project is paramount.
“Win in Oceania is a
significant project and it reaffirms FIFA’s position as one of the most
important financial contributors to each country within the Oceania region. Therefore it is imperative that each member association takes ownership and
meets the set targets,” said President Temarii.
FIFA will initially
provide funding from 2009 to 2011 but if WIO is successful then FIFA’s support
may continue through to 2014.