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National Women’s League revived

The reinvigoration of the league has been kick-started by former players and individuals who are passionate about the game.
The all-female board comprises of Justice Catherine Davani, Jennifer Popat, Janet Sios, Imelda Agon, Dakan Doiwa and Richanda Kassman.
The concept of the league is to develope a high-level women’s competition and to encourage clubs to develop a professional approach to administrating the game.
So far, preparations are underway behind the scenes to build an elite, amateur, competitive women’s national competition in the country.
PNGFA will provide K100,000 to help get the league underway with the board expected to raise the remainder of the funds required.
The emphasis is on women’s football development as an important element in Papua New Guinea especially for addressing some of the many social issues faced.
“Domestic violence, health issues, gender bias and access to education are sometimes limited but with increasing numbers of women participating in football we can address some of these challenges,” PNGFA President David Chung said.
“The PNG women’s national soccer team have long held the status of being number one in the Pacific claiming four gold medals and to compliment that status, we have to sustain the level of competition.”
Chung said the board should drive football for women in the country with the Premier League as the flagship.
“The board is empowered under the regulations approved by the PNGFA Executive Committee to use the regulations to develop football in all its aspects in administration, coaching and refereeing.”
Chung encouraged women to manage football themselves by coaching football teams and officiating in the women’s league.
“PNG Football Association will assist within the technical areas but the women must come forward and offer their abilities to progress and promote women’s football.”
He further offered the assistance of the PNG U-20 women’s coach Lisa Cole in a technical capacity building role as a means forward following the World Cup.
He also stated that Kimbe Technical Centre is earmarked as the centre for women’s football development – from coaching, camps and anything regarding women’s football development.
The board will have their formal meeting in the coming weeks to set out a roadmap to getting the league off the ground in 2017.
For more on Papua New Guinea football visit www.pngfootball.com.pg

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