The Court of Arbitration (COA) has ruled in favour of the Solomon Islands Football Federation (SIFF) regarding the U17 squads participation at the upcoming U17 World Cup.
The Solomon Islands had first been disqualified for fielding an ineligible player in Chris Satu at the OFC U16 Championship, in which they came second and qualified for the U17 World Cup. They were then also disqualified from the World Cup.
The OFC Appeal Comitte had ruled in favour of the Solomon Islands “on the grounds that Chris Satu had a passport issued by the Solomon Islands government, which showed a birthdate within the U16 OFC Championship 2018 competition regulations.”
The ruling by the OFC Appeal Commitee was refered to the Court of Arbitration, which upheld the decision by the OFF Appeal Committee.
The ruling now means Solomon Islands will keep their spot at the FIFA U17 World Cup now set to take place in Brazil after FIFA stripped Peru of the hosting rights.