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PNG’s National Soccer League begins

Hekari v Star Mountain in PNG's National League. Photo Credit: PNG FA Media

Papua New Guinea’s Kumul Petroleum National Soccer League kicked off last weekend. 

Split into two conferences, the Northern saw Lae City FC beat FC Morobe Wawens, 2-1, Tusbab Stallions FC defeat Morobe United FC 1-0 and Lae City Dwellers FC win 3-2 over Northern Youth FC.

In the Southern, Gulf Komara’s substitute Gordon Maven scored the winner against Central Dabaris, 1-0, Hekari won 6-1 over Star Mountain and Southern Youth edged past Tavur FC 2-1.

New Zealand’s Football Ferns ended their Tokyo Olympics journey following a 2-0 defeat to Sweden on July 27.

Football Ferns head coach Tom Sermanni reflected on the tournament overall.

“I was really happy with our effort, discipline and the way our players continued to work hard,” he said.

“There’s a lot of good qualities and tendencies in the team, we need to continue to build on the foundations we laid in this tournament as well as our depth and quality of the squad.”

Football Ferns in action v Sweden. Photo Credit: NZF Media via Photosportnz

The OlyWhites are gearing up for their third game against Romania on July 28 at 5.30pm (local time)/ 8.30pm (NZT) after a 3-2 defeat against Honduras.

Following Romania’s 4-0 loss to South Korea, all teams in the group are on three points with it all to play for in the final games.

Vanuatu’s National Youth Futsal Championship was played over seven rounds last week.

The U-16 Academy team took out the competition followed by Shefa in second place and Tafea in third.

The Kurukuru squad announcement. Photo Credit: SIFF Media

Speaking of futsal, the Solomon Islands’ national men’s futsal team head coach Vinicius Leite has selected his final squad ahead of the FIFA Futsal World Cup in Lithuania.

All 16 players of the Kurukuru are based in the Solomon Islands and have been training under the guidance of assistant coach Francis Lafai and trainer Nelson Kabitana.

In the Telekom S-League, Central Coast FC remain at the top of the table on 22 points after a 4-0 win over VFresh Isabel United.

Marist FC won 3-1 against Honiara City FC, Waneagu United drew one-all with Southern United and Kossa FC won 6-2 over Laugu United.

Solomon Warriors FC beat Kula FC 6-1 and Real Kakamora FC edged past Henderson Eels, 2-1 in the remaining fixtures.

Samoa’s Youth and Senior National League competitions have returned.

Some of the results include Vaipuna winning over Alamagoto 14-1 and Vaigaga 3-0 to Adidas in the U-17 boys’ grade. 

Vaipuna’s U-19 boys also beat Faatoia United 12-1, while Lotopa, Lupe o le Soaga, Vaipuna and Faleasiu came away with victories in the U-19 Girls’ grade.

The Senior’s saw Moaula beat Vailele 6-0 in the women’s division, while in the Men’s A, Vaitele Uta edged past Vaivase Tai 1-0 and Moaula 6-2 against Vaipuna. Find out more results here.

American Samoa concluded their 2021 Summer Youth League last Saturday with a closing Ceremony.

A four-day MA Referee Course is currently being conducted by OFC’s Kevin Stoltenkamp, Sione Mau and local instructors.

While there’s no football matches being played in Fiji due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Fiji Football Association and Social Responsibility department have rallied its Just Play staff to carry out the Skills Challenge.

The Just Play Skills Challenge is being encouraged to keep children of Fiji active and engaged. Click here to read more.

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