For the first time in history, a Women’s National Football Team from the Pacific Islands will play in Europe. The Vahine Ura – how Tahiti Women’s National Team is known – will play three friendly matches in France. Two against Luxembourg and one against Andorra. These friendly matches are part of Tahiti’s preparation for Nations Cup, which will take place in July of this year, and will give a place to an intercontinental playoff for 2023 World Cup.
Coach Stephanie Spielmann said it will be an excellent opportunity to get all the players together and test themselves against opponents other than the Pacific. Seventeen players embarked with the Polynesian delegation to Strasbourg, France, where they will meet nine more players – eight playing in France and one playing in the USA.
There are only five players remaining from the 2019 Pacific Games campaign: Gwendoline Fournier, Kiani Wong, Mariko Izal, Merehau Iotua, Tahia Tamarii. At that time, they finished third in group B with four points.