(Photo Credit: Alain Vartane, season 2022)
The inaugural OFC Women’s Champions League #OWCL2023, kicks off in Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea on June 1st. In the build up the tournament, we are profiling the five competing teams. Today our focus is on AS Academy Féminine of New Caledonia.
AS Academy Féminine was founded in 2017 and has been competing in championships since 2018. It is an association created by two women, Coralie Bretegnier (Head Coach) and Christelle Wahnawé (the team’s No.10).
ASAF’s purpose is to help young girls thrive through the practice of football but also by offering an educational and academic support. This framework has allowed them to develop tools that contribute to the players development as “future” women, hence their slogan “the women of tomorrow”.
Today, the association is the only 100% female football organisation in New Caledonia and has had over 100 registered members in their short history. Their first team has won all available championships since its creation!
AS Academy Féminine qualified for the Champions League by wining the 2022 National Championship.
The coach’s hopes for the tournament: Coralie Bretegnier
“I am very happy to take the players to compete in this international championship.
It has always been a goal to take them outside the country. We’re leaving with a young and very motivated team.”
Player to Watch
“You’ll have to watch out for the whole team!,” remarked Bretegnier.
AS Academy Féminine fixtures: (PNG time)
Thursday June 1 v Hekari United, 5pm
Saturday June 5 v Labasa Women FC, 5pm
Thursday June 8 v Kiwi FC, 12pm
Saturday June 10 v Koloale FC, 12pm