FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup

Spain LaLiga donates 3,500 soccer balls to PNGFA

The balls donated will be distributed to the member associations throughout the country in developing football.

The aim of this project is to promote the sport and its values as a tool for social inclusion which can support children, women and vulnerable groups of people in different contexts.

The Spanish Professional Football Foundation, LaLiga donated the first 100 soccer balls on the occasion of the FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup while the other portion  will be donated at a later date.


Fan Zone for World Cup a hit

The Fan Zone provides the opportunity for fans to celebrate women’s football and show their support for their favourite teams.

The Local Organising Committee set up a designated area at the Vision City amphitheatre starting over the weekend.

Supporters have been flocking in to take part in fun and exciting activities.

PNG Football Association president, David Chung said on match days, the Fan Zone will be streaming the games live on a giant LED screen.

New World Cup official song released

Masani and Dadiigii performed the song for the first time at the opening ceremony of the Fan Zone last Saturday, November 12.

The song, which was written by Dadiigii, features over 16 different indigenous instruments and 4 different local dialects.

The song is mainly sung in English and Tok Pisin.

All this has been blended with a more modern pop sound in order to create a song that will resonate with an international audience whilst still showcasing the uniqueness of PNG.

Women's football loses advocate

Seen as a trailblazer for the women of Papua New Guinea, Davani featured in the first ever Papua New Guinea women’s national team in 1988 and helped them to their first Pacific Games title in 2003. In 2016 she was appointed as chairperson of the Women’s National Soccer League.

She was also the first Papua New Guinean woman to become a judge.

OFC and PNGFA President David Chung said Justice Davani’s loss will be keenly felt by the football community both locally and regionally.

Security for FIFA games stepped up

The Dog Unit has found nothing yet that could be of any threat to the teams and all is expected to go on planned in their operations.

The security checks being done for the FIFA teams is to give them assurance that PNG can look after them during their stay in the country.

Officer in Charge of Dog Unit team, Commander Leuth Nidung said security checks at gaming venues started off last weeks before the arrival of the first team.

“This included airport transport checks before the teams boarded their designated buses for the accommodations,” Commander Nidung said.

Brazil and Korea Republic arrive

Brazil and Korea Republic touched down on PNG soil early this morning; the Brazilians at 4.50am and Korea Republic at 5.30am.

Next to arrive will be Germany, Spain, Korea DPR and Sweden. All four teams will fly in on Tuesday morning.

Meanwhile, the PNG U-20 women’s team arrived this afternoon from their tour of New Zealand.

PNG’s first pool match is against Brazil at 7pm at the Sir John Guise Stadium on November 13.

The World Cup will run from November 13-December 3. 

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First teams and tournament officials arrive

Venezuela was the first team to arrive for the World Cup. They landed in the country this morning at 5:30am.

The coming days will see more FIFA officials from competitions, travel and transport, ICT, referees, guest and delegation management, security, media, medical and the Appeals and Disciplinary committee arrive.

Communities in POM show support to FIFA World Cup

Men, women and children turned up at the Ela Beach Amphitheatre yesterday at lunch, dressed up in the colours of their favourite teams and carrying different flags.

There were five communities who turned up; Badili who was supporting PNG, Koki supporting Brazil, Morata for South Korea, Taikone for Nigeria and Konedobu for Spain.

The women’s World Cup will run from November 13-December 3.

Tickets officially went on sale starting yesterday and the first teams will touch down in the country tomorrow.

Tickets now on sale for FIFA World Cup

The Local Organizing Committee (LOC) for the World Cup say tickets can be found in Port Moresby at Waterfront (Rapid Fones), Boroko Foodworld (Rapid Fones), EuroSports (Vision City), Okari Haus (Boroko) and at Zero Supermarket in Lae.

The match schedule will also be available at these outlets to assist the ticket buyers.

Individual ticket prices range from K2- K15 for the group matches and K10-K50 for the finals.

The tournament package is K250.

LOC chief executive officer, Seamus Marten said the objective is to make the tickets affordable for everybody.

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