7 Aug 2013

Sport: Oceania Beach Soccer qualifier moved to New Caledonia

10:27 am on 7 August 2013

The Oceania qualifier for the Beach Soccer World Cup will now be held in New Caledonia next week.

The event was originally scheduled to take place in Papeete in the first week of August, the same location where the World Cup will be held in September.

But with the Tiki Toa already qualified for the World Cup as hosts, and choosing not to take part after three months playing and training in Europe, Tahiti Football says it was decided to move the tournament elsewhere to minimise costs.

Vanuatu, New Caledonia and Solomon Islands will vie for the last remaining berth in the 16 team tournament.

Vanuatu coach Wilson August says after a long build-up his squad is eager to get started.

"We are training for four months but didn't know when we are taking part.At the moment Harry told me it will be in New Caledonia and the boys are ready to go."

Meanwhile tickets for the World Cup are now on sale.

The 32-match tournament will be staged at Papeete's 3,600-capacity Tahua To'ata Stadium.