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Growing American Football in Samoa

  • The AYFS Matais team at the Marist St. Joseph's Field early this week. At far left is Head Coach Loso I'aulualo.
    The AYFS Matais team at the Marist St. Joseph's Field early this week. At far left is Head Coach Loso I'aulualo.
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(SAMOA) – Opening up college scholarship opportunities in the U.S.A. to young athletes in the Independent State of Samoa is the primary goal of a first time exhibition football game set for Friday, 29 June.

"We want to lay the foundation for athletes to work together to bring American football to Samoa so that our youth from Samoa will have the same opportunities and access to scholarships to play for and attend colleges and universities in America – as our youth in American Samoa," said AYFS Matais Head Coach Loso I'aulualo.

"This will be the first time that American Football is introduced to the lower level ages 12, 13 and14. It is an exhibition game between Samoa Gridiron and AYFS."

I'aulualo leads a team of six coaches plus 21 players ages 13 and 14 from American Samoa. Coaches are: Mataese Mataese, Jr., Moaia Fanene, Anthony Loa, Leaga Lago and Faiaso Fouvale.

Since arriving Monday this week, the team from American Samoa has been running practice with Samoa Gridiron at the Marist St. Joseph's Field.

Head Coach for Samoa Gridiron is Agatupu Leofau. The local team is comprised of athletes ages 12, 13 and 14 from three schools. Schools represented in Samoa Gridiron are: Robert Louis Stevenson School, Marist St. Joseph's and Pesega.

"The kids are enjoying themselves, making new friends, sightseeing and meeting their families in Samoa," I'aulualo told tautalatala.

AYFS has a free day Saturday and departs Samoa on Sunday.

Catch the historic game live 3 p.m. Friday at the Marist St. Joseph's Primary field Friday, located behind the Catholic Cathedral in Mulivai, June 29, 2018.

Admission is free.

Caption: The AYFS Matais team at the Marist St. Joseph's Field early this week. At far left is Head Coach Loso I'aulualo.