A key part of the ALL IN: OFC Women’s Football Strategy 2027 launched last year was to establish a Women’s Development Officer in every OFC Member Association. With that goal now achieved, we sit down to learn a little more about each of the women driving the growth of women’s football in our region.    

In a great sign for the growth of the female game in Samoa, Laumata Lafoga is one of three Women’s Development Officers working for Football Federation Samoa. Get to know more about her below.  

Tell us about yourself?  

My name is Laumata Lafoga, I’m married and have one daughter. I love sports, especially football, and I play goalkeeper for our team at the Vaigaga Club.   

How did you get involved with one of your MA’s women’s development roles?  

I was a part of the Referee Department previously before my colleague Nadia encouraged me to switch over and become a WDO. At the federation we conduct workshops together with other like-minded women. I constantly gain more experience as a WDO and help other women at different football clubs in Samoa.   

What are you hoping to bring to women’s development in your country? 

A big focus for me is to promote women’s football and develop women in different areas of their lives the best I can. I want to support girls and women, help them learn the laws of the game and assure them that they are valued and cared for.