Solomon Islands

Solomon Islands are the third largest archipelago in the South Pacific, comprising 992 islands. The majority of the 555,000 population lives in rural areas. 

AFL continues to spread throughout schools and communities the Solomons. In 2016 nearly 4000 young people participated in the AFL programs across the Solomons.

The national team, the Solomon Islands Sharks, has competed in numerous underage and senior Oceania Cup tournaments.

In 2015 the Solomon Islands U/15 national team travelled to Fiji to compete in the Oceania Cup for the first time since 2012. The tournament highlight was a narrow victory over Tonga during the group stage of the tournament. Two players and coach David Holo were selected to represent the South Pacific U/16 team in the Queensland State Championships in March 2017 after impressing selectors at the Oceania Cup.  

As the SIAFL continues to combine its role of creating talent development pathways with community programs that promote education, health and gender equality, the future looks bright for the AFL in the Solomon Islands.