Finally the women of Papua New Guinea got their deserved recognition from its football governing body; the Papua New Guinea National Women’s Soccer League is set to start this weekend. After so many years, one of the most important football nations of Oceania develops its own women’s soccer league. The current Pacific Games medalists, Papua New Guinea already hosted a U20 FIFA Women’s World Cup in 2016 – finally now, four years later, a revamped women’s league is set to thrill the fans all over the country.
“The Northern Conference has Sepik FC, Pacific Gardens FC, Markham Raings FC, Morobe Tulips FC, Bara FC, Rainy Lae FC, Poro FC and Tusbab Laidamon FC while Southern Conference has Port Moresby City FC, Port Moresby City Academy, National Capital District Public Servant Soccer Association, Hekari United FC, Genesis FC and Amoana FC“, said the PNGFA website in a press release.
“There is a huge interest in women’s football and it has grown massively over the years. We have seen young women and girls coming out from different settlements, communities, tribes, clans and provinces in Papua New Guinea and excelling in the sport,” said Pius Letenge, Papua New Guinea Football Association General Secretary – “our women’s national team is the only team in the country which has won five consecutive gold medals in the Pacific Games. We are currently ranked 48 in the world and second in Oceania behind New Zealand which is something very good… Our aim now for 2020 is to identify talented women and girls in football for development“, completed Letenge.
During the week, the PNGFA will unveil the final draw for the national league that is going to start November, 28th and it is scheduled to finish on February 2021.