OFC promotes the development of women’s football and pledges to support women’s football to give women players, coaches, referees and officials the opportunity to become actively involved in football. Led by Women’s Football and Grassroots Development officer, Nicola Demaine, OFC is helping to popularise the game by increasing public awareness through competitions and courses with the ultimate aim of improving women’s standing in society.
To promote and develop women’s and girls’ football in all OFC member associations;
To improve the infrastructure of women’s football in all OFC member associations;
To increase the proportion of women and girls playing football at the grassroots, in schools and at amateur and professional levels abroad;
To constantly improve the quality, the organisation and the expansion of OFC and member association women’s football competitions;
To create conditions for more women to occupy technical and managerial positions in football, including the domains of refereeing, coaching, medicine, media and administration;
To organise coaching and training courses for female players, coaches, referees, doctors and officials;
To establish and publicise a coordinated international match calendar for women’s football;
To analyse and monitor technical developments in women’s football;
OFC women’s football on the international stage
Dominated by New Zealand’s Football Ferns and women’s age group teams with the former reaching the quarter-finals of the Women’s Olympic Football Tournament at London 2012. The Junior Football Ferns carved their name into the history books with a quarter-final finish at the FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup in Canada in 2014.
Nevertheless, OFC has a rich background of relative success on the international stage with Papua New Guinea making a stamp in the Oceania region. The perennial gold medal winners at the Pacific Games Women’s Football Tournament have a crop of exciting talent emerging from the Papua New Guinea U-15 girls’ that made history at the 2014 Youth Olympic Games Girls’ Football Tournament with a fifth placed finish breaking through.