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2013 Courts Inter District Championship
The 2013 Courts Inter District Championship pool draws will be held this Saturday from 11am at the Courts Lautoka branch.
The pool draws will also mark the launch of the third and final major tournament of the 2013 season. Courts IDC being the oldest and biggest event in the Fiji Football Association calendar continues to grow every season.
This will be the last chance for the districts to win some silverware this year and I’m sure they will be coming fully prepared to entertain the crowd.
Beach Soccer
I would like to congratulate our referee Rajnish Dave who was the lone Fiji referee at the 2013 Oceania beach soccer world cup playoffs in New Caledonia.
Dave officiated in the last crucial match between New Caledonia- Solomon Islands and this should be a proud moment for us.
The Fiji team was not part of the event. I understand many fans were disappointed but the fact is that beach soccer is not active in the country. We have had no preparation and no local beach soccer competition, how can our participation be justified.
The Fiji FA board has taken charge of developing all codes in the country and I’m sure we will be ready by the next World Cup qualifiers.
On this note I would like to wish Tahiti and Solomon Islands the best of luck for the 2013 FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup.
As our Oceania brothers our full support is with them.
The Fiji Sun GP Batteries Youth League final playoffs will be held this weekend at the Saraswati ground in Manoca. The top teams have qualified from their respective zones.
The Youth League is part of our development programme and it has been a successful one in exposing young talent.
Many of the U21 players have been promoted to the senior district sides and Fiji FA feels that the competition has served its purpose.
The Youth league is here to stay and I urge the districts to invest more in their U21 teams so that these players will be next in line to represent the senior side and districts will not be forced to go and look for other players.

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