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This page is a quick snapshot of the status of Australian Football in Solomon Islands. For further information, browse our news items or use the search facility. If you wish to contact football officials from the country, please search our site for links to their leagues or clubs, including in our Atlas. If unsuccessful, we can normally assist with putting people in touch.

Approx population (2009):   523,000

National side:   -

Governing body:   Formerly the Solomon Islands Australian Football Association, possibly inactive

Primary contact / link:   Solomon Islands AFA

WFN Census (2004):   2 senior teams, 30 adult players, 150 juniors.

WFN World Ranking (2008):   -

History:   Starting in the late 1990s, the Solomons suffered civil unrest (verging on civil war), which was stabilised in 2003 by an Australian-led intervention force, RAMSI. In 2004, a group of Solomon Islanders and Australian Defence personnel formed the Solomon Islands Australian Football Association with the hope of forming a stable, organised league in the country. However, after some promising initial clinics and scratch matches, the organisation went into hiatus. In 2007 the Clark-Dunning trophy saw local Islanders with a few Australian army personnel competing and local children being taught the game's basics.

Outlook (2009):   It is not clear whether efforts are ongoing. Plenty of Australian military and police provide a potential base. Hopefully the launch of AFL Oceania will ensure a formal program gets a chance on the Solomon Islands.

Other points of interest:   -

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