A historic moment is set to take place in the female game next month when the Women’s League kicks off for the first time.
The competition has existed in some format since 2010 and now with its re-existence, women’s football players will have the chance to excel into semi-professional competition like their male counterparts when the Women’s League commences.
The manager of competition Simon Koima explained that the revamped Women’s League was on trial basis.
He said that there had been great interest amongst the women as they did not want to just watch their men playing.
Despite PNG women being the current Pacific champions, they did not have regular competitive football competition as their male counterparts.
With this competition, PNGFA will be looking at preparing players for the OFC Women’s Nations Cup next month and the Pacific Games next year.
Koima said the competition will have four regional teams of Southern, Momase, Highlands and New Guinea Island which will consist of the country’s top female players battling it out for national supremacy.
The revamped Women’s League is set to get going on November 01 and the two highest-placed sides will progress to a one-off grand final on November 4, the winner of which will lift the trophy.
“This is developing into a landmark year for female football in Papua New Guinea and it’s fantastic to be in a position to kick start the Women’s League that will provide an improved competition for the country’s best female players,” says Koima.
“The purpose to revive the women’s league is to review and identify preferred national women’s competitions structure that best serves the long-term interest of women’s football in Papua New Guinea.”
Papua New Guinea has an opportunity to make its mark on the women’s game internationally over the coming month with the PNG National Women’s National team about to embark on their qualifying campaign for the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup
“These are hugely exciting times for female football and, as the country’s flagship women’s competition, the revamped Women’s League will have a key role to play in furthering this growth,” Koima says.