The road to Portugal
With no Oceania championship held, Tahiti were designated the continent’s representatives by the Oceania Football Confederation. Indeed, Tahiti are a genuine force not only in Oceania but, as categorically proven at the 2013 FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup on home soil, a serious challenger at global level. A long association with the sand-based game - they hosted the first-ever OFC championship in 2006 - culminated in a stunning run to fourth-place at Tahiti 2013.
Strengths and Style
The Tiki Toa proved to any doubters at Tahiti 2013 that they are deserving of a place alongside the world’s elite. Their game is based around high-energy and enthusiasm, while also displaying advanced technical skills and tactical concepts. Many of the squad remain from two years ago and that experience has been further boosted with several players participating in the highly-regarded Swiss league.
FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup record
Tahiti made their beach soccer breakthrough in 2011 by seeing off hitherto perennial Oceania kings Solomon Islands to win through to the world stage for the first time. A spirited showing at Ravenna 2011 was a more-than-adequate debut amongst the elite for Tahiti, and was highlighted by a historic 5-2 win over Venezuela in their opening match. However, it was on home sand where the Tiki Toa proved their status as a world class side. They routed South American champions Argentina in the quarter-final, and then pushed both eventual world champs Russia and traditional beach soccer powerhouse Brazil to the brink.