Fiji Overwhelms Micronesia 38-0 in a Pacific Games soccer match

A new record for the most one-sided defeat in the history of international soccer? Not exactly.

Federated  States Of  Micronesia Flag
The flag of the Federated States of Micronesia.

July 5, 2015 -- Fiji defeated the Federated States of Micronesia, 38-0, in a match today at the Pacific Games, which are being held in Port Moresby, the capital of Papua New Guinea.

It would be a new record for the most one-sided defeat in the history of international soccer, except this was a match of under-23 teams and Micronesia is not one of the 209 nations recognized by FIFA.

Of course, Fiji is anything but a soccer power, currently ranked #195 in the world by FIFA—just eight spots above American Samoa, which is still trying to shake its reputation as the worst team on earth, thanks to its record-setting 31-0 loss to Australia on April 11, 2001. (Never mind that American Samoa has moved ahead of nations like Eritrea, Somalia, and Djibouti in the world rankings, and was recently the subject of an inspiring documentary titled Next Goal Wins.)

Fiji held a 21-0 lead at halftime, but scored only 17 times in the second half. Antonio Tuivana was Fiji's leading scorer, bagging 10 goals.

In case you're wondering, the Federated States of Micronesia are made up of four states spread over the western Pacific Ocean. Together they have a population of just over 100,000 people.

Micronesia lost its previous Pacific Games match to Tahiti, 30-0, giving it a -68 goal differential for the tournament.