Newcomers start strongly in PNG NSL as former champions win opening matches

There were no shortage of surprises in the opening weekend of the Papua New Guinea National Soccer League this weekend, despite the two former champions Hekari United and Lae City getting their campaigns started with victories. But it was the brand new sides that sprung the shocks this week, with FC Kutubu and Vitiaz UnitedContinue reading “Newcomers start strongly in PNG NSL as former champions win opening matches”

PNG NSL Full Season Preview

With the Papua New Guinea National Soccer League set to kick off in just two days’ time, we’ve put together a full preview of the ten teams involved, including their previous achievements, current squad news, and a prediction as to where they might finish. Thanks to the great social media team that FC Bougainville haveContinue reading “PNG NSL Full Season Preview”

10-Team PNG NSL kicks off this weekend

After weeks of waiting, the start dates of the 2019/20 Papua New Guinea National Soccer League, as well as the ten teams taking part in the competition, was finally confirmed in Port Moresby today. The competition will kick-off on Saturday 14th December, with the draws set to be announced early tomorrow morning. There will beContinue reading “10-Team PNG NSL kicks off this weekend”

Papua New Guinea NSL delayed again: What is the solution?

Today, a press release from the Papua New Guinea Football Association confirmed the fears that had been brewing all week: the National Soccer League would be delayed for a third time; and this time, the PNGFA have not given a potential start date for the country’s flagship competition. The reason given was that only fourContinue reading “Papua New Guinea NSL delayed again: What is the solution?”

Planned PNG ‘Conference Competition’ cancelled due to lack of interest

News emerged today that the planned Papua New Guinea National Soccer League ‘Conference Competition’, due to take place at a slightly lower level than the ‘Premier Competition’, has been scrapped due to lack of interested clubs. This is another blow to preparations for the start of the 2019/20 season, which, as was reported last week,Continue reading “Planned PNG ‘Conference Competition’ cancelled due to lack of interest”

PNG: Kapi Natto making strides but remnants of previous regime remain

It could be argued that football in Papua New Guinea has already seen its greatest era: the magical season in 2010 when Hekari United became the first non-Australian or Kiwi side to land the OFC Champions League title and represent Oceania at the Club World Cup was nothing short of remarkable. From then until 2018,Continue reading “PNG: Kapi Natto making strides but remnants of previous regime remain”

Twelve must become eight in delayed Papua New Guinea NSL

Details finally emerged this morning regarding the upcoming 2019/20 season of Papua New Guinea’s flagship competition, the National Soccer League, which will now start two weeks later than originally intended, on Saturday 30th November. Several local fans had expressed their frustration on Facebook at the lack of transparency that the competition organisers had shown, withContinue reading “Twelve must become eight in delayed Papua New Guinea NSL”

Papua New Guinea National Soccer League: Which Clubs Might Be Taking Part?

The kick-off of the Papua New Guinea National Soccer League is just around the corner, with the start date tentatively expected to be 16th November. But which teams might we be seeing battle it out for supremacy at the top level of football in PNG? Here’s what we know already: Please note: none of theContinue reading “Papua New Guinea National Soccer League: Which Clubs Might Be Taking Part?”

Jerry Allen heads back to Hekari United

Marist FC coach in Telekom S-League 2019 season, Jerry Allen is probably going back to Papua New Guinea to be Hekari United’s head coach for one more season. The Papua New Guinean National Soccer League is expected to begin in late November while 2020 OFC Champions League group stage is scheduled to be played inContinue reading “Jerry Allen heads back to Hekari United”

PNG National Soccer League Plans Two-Tier Expansion

Plans to expand the Papua New Guinea National Soccer League to a two-tier competition were confirmed by the Papua New Guinea Football Association (PNGFA) this week, with the potential for a record-breaking 32 teams taking part across two divisions. PNGFA President John Kapi Natto had dropped hints immediately following the conclusion of the 2019 seasonContinue reading “PNG National Soccer League Plans Two-Tier Expansion”