The FIFA World Cup trophy is coming to Tonga, Solomon Islands and Papua New Guines.
The most famous trophy in world football will arrive in Nuku’alofa in Tonga on 31 January, followed by a trip to Honiara in Solomon Islands on 1 February.
The tour will then visit Port Moresby in Papua New Guinea on 1 February in a tour of three Oceania nations.
Fans will be able to see the original World Cup trophy and have their picture taken with it and is a rare opportunity. It usually sits in the FIFA World Football Museum in Zurich.
FIFA and sponsor Coca Cola introduced the tour in 2006 and will take it across over 50 countries before the World Cup finals in Russia in July 2018.
“As football fans around the world gear up for the 2018 FIFA World Cup, we want to make sure they are ready for all of the emotions that this summer’s tournament will bring,” said Ricardo Fort, vice president, global sports partnerships, The Coca-Cola Company. “The Trophy Tour will give fans everywhere a taste of the excitement that’s to come, not to mention a once-in-a-lifetime chance to see the Trophy for themselves.”
The tour set off from London, England, where it was held by former winner Andrea Pirlo, before visiting Sri Lanka this week.
It will leave Papua New Guinea on the 1 February and head to Asia, before travelling to Europe, Africa, North America and South America – taking in all six FIFA confederations.
The trophy was created in 1974 to replace the Jules Rimet trophy and is one of the most famous in world football.
Football fans and players are never allowed to touch the World Cup trophy. Only players who have won the cup or heads of state can touch the solid-gold trophy.