Joseph Suaalii Parents
Joseph Suaalii's parents are Chris Suaalii and Salina Suaali. He was born on August 1, 2003, in Penrith, New South Wales, Australia.
The footballer is the son of a Samoan father. His mother is Australian with European and Cambodian ancestry.
Receiving the Samoan genes from his dad, Suaalii was always passionate about football. He has received sufficient support from all his family members, but most especially from his father, Chris.
For most of his childhood, he spent time playing for the Glenmore Park Brumbies. Then, his parents got him into The King's School in Parramatta and Regentville Public School. In 2015, Joseph broke the high jump record for 12-year-old boys in Australia.
Suaalii has chosen to play for his father's side of heritage. The 6 feet 5 feet winger stated in September 2022, "For family reasons, I have decided to pledge my allegiance to Samoa for the upcoming World Cup."
"This has been one of the most difficult decisions of my career. I've been humbled by the respect shown to my family and me by Kangaroos coach Mal Meninga. I called him on Tuesday to let him know of my decision. I can't thank him enough for considering me, but this is about more than football."
The winger also spoke of his grandparents. He said: "My grandparents still live in Samoa, and I look forward to honoring them and my parents by pulling on the Samoan jersey. One day, I hope to play for Australia. I truly believe Samoa can do great things at this World Cup. I can't wait to be part of it."