The Oceania Football Confederation (OFC) launched its first strategic plan dedicated to women’s football in 2021.
The ALL IN: OFC Women’s Football Strategy 2027 aims to increase the development, growth, sustainability, and professionalisation of the game, leading to greater performances on the world stage.
The inaugural OFC Women’s Football Strategy will lay the foundations for achieving OFC’s goal of having two competitive teams at the FIFA Women’s World Cup 2027.
Providing direction, purpose and guidelines for women’s football in Oceania, this strategy will also assist with the creation of an inclusive footballing culture, which inspires and empowers females across all sectors.
The strategy has been built on five key pillars:
- An Equal Oceania – Participation: Breaking down the barriers
- A Visible Oceania – Visibility: Raising the awareness of possibilities
- A Stronger Oceania – Education: Building the foundations
- An Elevated Oceania – Performance: Raising the standards
- An Inclusive Oceania – Culture: Leading by example
An Equal Oceania – Participation: Breaking down the barriers
Break down the barriers and increase accessibility for girls and women in football, to ensure girls and women are meaningfully engaged in all aspects of football.
A Visible Oceania – Visibility: Raising the awareness of possibilities
Create awareness and raise the profile of women’s football in Oceania to increase participation, visibility and value of women’s football and women in football.
A Stronger Oceania – Education: Building the foundations
Build foundations of women’s football and increase the capacity and capability of girls and women in football.
An Elevated Oceania – Performance: Raising the standards
Raise the standard, frequency, and delivery of women’s football to drive performance and have more competitive teams at OFC and FIFA competitions.
An Inclusive Oceania – Culture: Leading by example
Strengthen the culture of governance in football to improve gender equality and foster a safe, positive, and inclusive environment for all.
The ALL IN: OFC Women’s Football Strategy 2027
Oceania Football Confederation seeks to build the Foundations of women’s football in the Pacific by building the capacity of those working, or aspiring to work, in women’s football, in order to enhance the development and sustainability of women’s football, build stronger communities, and enhance the quality of life of girls and women throughout the region.
The Women’s Football Capacity Building Programme meets a number of OFC’s key objectives, as articulated in the 2019-2026 OFC Strategic Plan, where capacity building is a key priority across all areas of the game, especially for women’s football.
The implementation of this project, which seeks to build the capacity of those working in women’s football through formal, non-formal and informal workshops, will assist each Member Association with the development and appointment of a key person dedicated to women’s football, who can implement, oversee and manage girls and women’s football programmes in their MA.
The Women’s Football Capacity Building Programme will allow the OFC Women’s Football Development Officer to upskill, support and progress people into key footballing roles within women’s football. The successful implementation of this project will directly influence OFC’s 11 MAs, and the Women’s Football Development Officers they employ, by increasing the level of support, training and development they receive.
Both FIFA and OFC recognise the importance of utilising football as a tool to empower women, not only in football but also as individuals in their own communities. Through this funding OFC aim to provide women with a safe space to learn, develop, and perform in order to fulfill their potential and change the game for girls and women in Oceania.
OFC provides a range of programmes to encourage and facilitate the participation of girls and women in football.
The programmes have been designed to inspire the continuous development of girls in the region, through their first contact with football through the Just Play and Football Festivals for children aged 6-12 years.
Designed in conjunction with the OFC Social Responsibility Department, the programmes provide children with the opportunity to experience regular, organised football activities, enabling them to establish the foundation for a healthy lifestyle and gain positive personal experiences while developing their football skills.
- All activities should look like football
- The children need to experience both training and ‘game days’
- Everyone should have an equal opportunity to participate
- The focus is developing individuals rather than building a team
- The activities should emphasise fun, playfulness and skill development
All activities are conducted with certified coaches and/or gameday leaders.
The programmes include:
- Girls Football Festival packs
- Football Development Centres
- Centres of Excellence
- OFC Skills Challenge Awards