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FTF puts women’s football first

A total of 150 young girls gathered for a full-on day of activities with the key difference to regular Saturday football activities – no boy’s allowed.
The festival incorporated futsal, football and refereeing activities which have allowed girls and women to get a taste of the different disciplines.
Referee and futsal player Rani Perry, 17, finds the initiative taken by FTF to organise this event very important for women’s football development.
‘’I am very happy that women’s football has returned because we also have to highlight the achievements of women,’’ she says.
‘’I wish to pursue both refereeing and playing.
‘’I like to be on the field of course but refereeing gives me the knowledge of the game. I would like to encourage women to be more involved into refereeing because it’s great to play, but it’s also important to know the rules when you’re playing.’’
The Live Your Goals campaign targets and inspires women and girls to play football and stay in the game. The campaign was launched at the FIFA Women’s World Cup Germany 2011™ and has evolved into one of FIFA’s most recognised women’s football initiatives.
Women’s football development remains a strong priority for FTF for the upcoming four year cycle and the Live Your Goals campaign fits in perfect harmony with the federation’s objectives.
Through ‘Vision 2020’, FTF’s 2015-2020 strategic plan, the goal is to hit 18,000 registered players, with 20 per cent of that quota being women. The federation also intends to put forward its first U-17 women’s team to participate in the qualification process for the 2019 FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup.
The Live Your Goals festival was held on Saturday 25 April in Tahiti, with the 150 participants coming from Tahiti and Moorea.
For more on Tahiti football go to www.ftf.pf

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