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Boost for women’s game in Vanutau

A total of 198 players have registered for the nine clubs that will compete in the tournament organised by Santo Island’s Sanma FA.
The competition, which will run until the end of August, will also feature female coaches and eight female referees.
Local women’s football development officer Joella Avock said the new league will provide the best young players with a pathway to the elite level.
“The launch of a junior league for women’s football in Luganville and Sanma is a dream come true.
“We already have a senior league but our younger players also needed a competition to help their progression to the next level,” she said.
“This U-17 tournament will provide our centre of excellence players with a great opportunity to develop their skills and potential.”
VFF women’s football development officer Joel Rarua was equally enthusiastic.
“This new competition is proof that women’s football is on the right track.
“The idea of getting football to rural communities and share it with less privileged people will also increase the passion for the game,” he said.
“Hopefully that will lead to the development of more quality female players competing for the national team.”
“I want to congratulate Luganville and Sanma Football Association for their effort to support women’s football.”
The Lord Mayor of Luganville Onell Kavika has also pledged to support the competition.
“We want our girls to realise their dream of playing football,” he said.
“I want to acknowledge FIFA, OFC and VFF for the outstanding assistance and support to make this league a reality in Luganville.”

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