Touch footy to run elite competition

Touch Football PNG will introduce an elite competition in Port Moresby starting February next year.

The aim is to maintain the number spot at the 2019 Pacific Games and become champions of the 2019 World Cup.

The elite competition will begin with the open and youth division comprising eight teams each in the men’s, women’s and mixed open divisions.

The youth divisions will comprise players between 16-20 years.

Competitions will take place at the touch home ground allocated under the Pacific Games 2015 legacy arrangement.

TFPNG secretary general Sesevi Lae said the concept will be adopted in other centers if they have the capacity.

“We wish to create an elite competition where teams selected to attend major international events can be drawn from.

“It is also something that small touch association throughout the country can look up to for developing their players,” Lae said.

The elite competition will become the main source for pooling top players in line with TFPNG Strategic Plans for the 2019 World Cup and Pacific Games.

Quintina Naime