The NZ U17 mens team has landed in the Solomon Islands ahead of the Oceania Championship where they will compete for 1 of 2 qualification spots for the FIFA U17 World Cup in Peru 2019.
WPSS will be represented by current elite school player Ryan Verney as well as long serving goal keeper Alex Paulsen who left to join the Wellington Phoenix Football Academy in Wellington earlier this year.
New Zealand have been drawn in Group A with the hosts, Vanuatu and Papua New Guinea while Group B consists of Fiji, New Caledonia, Tahiti and Samoa. The Solomon Islands is known as being the most football-mad nation in the South Pacific and fans regularly flock to Lawson Tama Stadium in their thousands to take in the action.
New Zealand open their OFC U-16 Championship campaign against Vanuatu on Sunday 9 September at 11am (NZT) with live coverage available via www.oceaniafootball.com