Ultimate Fiji Cup News

  • Women's World Cup announcement massive opportunity for Fiji

    The Ultimate Fiji Soccer Cup was delighted when Australia and New Zealand were named co-hosts for the 2023 FIFA Women's World Cup. 

    The tournament will be the first pan-confederation FIFA event which will only further boost the development of the world game in Asia and Oceania.

    As a host nation, Oceania powerhouse New Zealand, will automatically qualify thus opening up a spot for another Pacific nation to reach the 32-team tournament for the first time.

    Fiji made the final of the 2018 OFC Women's Nations Cup and are ranked 66th in the world, only behind New Zealand (23rd) and Papua New Guinea (46th) in Oceania.

    Fiji Football CEO Mohammed Yusuf said it was an incredible opportunity for the nations in the region.

    "This will give one of the island countries a chance to go to the World Cup directly, and it's a massive push for women's football in the Pacific," Yusuf told Radio New Zealand.

    "Fiji FA will now go into overdrive to ensure that our girls are well prepared in the next two years, to be able to compete in Oceania and qualify." 

    Ultimate Fiji Soccer Cup director Bruce Tilt said he is keen to assist Fiji Football achieve their dream of qualification success.

    "A door has opened up for Fiji and they now have to go back over what they have been doing for the last few years and step it up a level," Tilt said.

    "It is important for Fiji to understand that it is not a given right (to qualify) because all the other Oceania teams will be just as passionate and competitive to get there.

    "Having run the Ultimate Fiji Soccer Cup for the last decade, I have loved seeing the nation's love for football evolve and I am very much looking forward to helping them tackle this excellent opportunity by exposing Fijian talent to international opposition. 

    Tilt, who also coaches the Illawarra Stingrays in the Football NSW WNPL 1, said the announcement will just add a little bit more incentive to players striving to reach the top.

    "It's just three years away and the door it open for new talent to go a World Cup," he said.

    "The Matildas squad is far from done and dusted and there will be a few spots up for grabs in the upcoming W-League seasons - it's a fantastic opportunity.

    "For those younger, it will be the first time in there lives that they will see so many nations on our doorstep. It is a great opportunity to learn and be inspired - not just girls but boys as well."

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  • Website redesign in time for 2020 tournament

    Despite the unprecedented Covid-19 pandemic, the 2020 season is starting to take shape meaning preparations for the Ultimate Fiji Soccer Cup are well underway.

    This year's tournament comes on the back of a successful 2019 which celebrated the 10th anniversary of the event involving players from Australia, New Zealand and Fiji,

    The 2020 Ultimate Fiji Soccer Cup will include competitions in the following age groups; Boys under-12, 14, 16 and 19 and Girls under-12, 14, 16 and 19.

    Further information can be found on the newly redesigned Ultimate Fiji Cup website including player and supporter booking forms.

    The 2020 tournament will run from Saturday, December 5 through to Sunday, December 13 and competition director Bruce Tilt said he is really excited to see a new group of teams taking part.

    "It's been already been challenging year for everyone in football but competing the Ultimate Fiji Soccer Cup would be a great way to finish it for any player," he said.

    "This is the 11th year of the tournament and with thousands of players having already taken part, it is hard to find anyone who hasn't benefitted from the experience - as a footballer and as a person.

    "I encourage anyone interested in getting involved to look through the website or get in touch."

    Check out the 2019 Youth and Senior presentation.


  • Gabby Blanch on football in limbo and the Ultimate Fiji Soccer Cup

    There was recently a great article on the Football NSW website about IFG NSW Girls coach Gabby Blanch and how she is managing without football.

    Read the FNSW article here.

    Gabby has had a huge impact on our female teams at the Ultimate Fiji Soccer Cup with her strict discipline mixed with a genuine understanding of the conditions and challenges the Ultimate Fiji Soccer Cup brings.

    The Central Coast Mariners' skipper will be coaching the G16 team at the 2020 tournament in late November and is currently looking for players wanting to take their game to a new level.

    "International competition is a wonderful experience for players," Gabby advised.

    "To live and breathe the game every day is a dream. 

    "Fiji is obviously a magical destination but this tournament expands those experiences with the Fijian sides being very competitive on their home soil."

    Gabby has a special talent in getting to know her players very quickly and provides ongoing feedback to help them through the gruelling week, mixed with relaxing experiences, which culminates with a grand final day full of colour and excitement.
     


  • 2020 Ultimate Fiji Soccer Cup planning continues

    Planning for the 2020 Ultimate Fiji Soccer Cup continues as we look to a summer of football.

    Tournament Director Bruce Tilt advised that now is the time to start organising the teams for this years tournament. We have introduced extra age groups and Fiji is certainly laying out the welcome mat.

    With limited football being played this year, the Ultimate Fiji Cup will be high on the list of activities for the end of the year. Families really enjoy the holiday atmosphere and of course the Fijians have been fast improving over the last few years.

    Fiji Football have a new National Coach in Flemming Serritslev who is commited to using the Ultimate Fiji Soccer Cup as a platform for the emerging youth.