National Soccer League

Momase Besta Regional qualifiers next month

The Besta qualifiers is an annual tournament that is run in the Momase region to identify the top male and female member associations to represent Momase in the Besta PNG Football Association (PNGFA) Member Associations finals in Lae in November this year.

The qualifiers will be be held in Madang at Laiwaden oval from August, 10-14.

The Local Organising Committee (LOC) is putting together plans for the tournament with a fundraising drive to host the tournament. 

PNG men’s team prepare for OFC Nations Cup

Twenty-five players have been called in for the camp in Port Moresby to prepare for the Oceania Football Confederation Nations Cup starting in May.

PNG coach Flemming Serritslev said all players are selected from the National Soccer League and he has seen very good players emerge from this competition.

The team will play two friendly matches in Solomon Islands followed by three matches in South Korea as part of their lead-up preparation.

The final training camp will be in Moresby a week before the event.

NSL clubs reminded to play by the rules

Competition manager, Simon Koima made this appeal today to all clubs saying he did not want a repeat of what happened last year.

FC Pom to take fight to Hekari

In the Southern Conference, Hekari United FC will take on FC POM in the midday game at 12:30pm while Erema Gulf FC will go up against Gigira Laitepo Utd in the main game of the day at 3pm.

On Sunday, the only match will be between Huawei PS Utd FC and PKA Rapatona at 3pm.

All three games will be played at the Bisini Grounds.

For the Northern Conference games, the Sir Ignatius Kilage stadium in Lae will host two games.

National Soccer League season officially launched

The event was witnessed by franchise clubs, sponsors, PNG Football Association, Sports Federation officials and government officials.

When launching the season, NSL chairman Isaac Lupari thanked the participating clubs, franchise owners and Telikom PNG for the support.

Lupari said it had not been an easy journey for NSL in the last 12 years.

 "We hope that one day soccer will become the national sport in PNG as it is played throughout the country by all ages and gender," said Lupari.

Madang confident for United clash

MFC coach Bob Morris says the boys are doing well in training, and executing all the training patterns that were taught to them.

Morris says their first game is against his former  team Besta United and looking forward to giving them a run for their money.

He also says that the final line up for the game will be named tomorrow and the team will prepare to travel to Lae on Thursday to meet the Besta United on Saturday at Sir Ignatius Kilage Stadium.

Lae City Dwellers and Hekari placed in Pool A & B

2015 National Soccer League champions, Lae City Dwellers are making their debut at the OFC.

They are in Pool A with Auckland City FC from New Zealand, Amicale FC from Vanuatu, and the yet-to-be-determined Solomon Islands S-League winners.

Regulars at the OFC Champions League, Hekari are in Pool B with Team Wellington (New Zealand), Suva FA from Fiji and AS Lossi from New Caledonia.

In Pool C is Nadi FC from Fiji, AS Magenta from New Caledonia, AS Tefana from Tahiti and the OFC Champions League Preliminary winner.

NSL gate taking to be reviewed

TNSL board chairman Isaac Lupari confirmed that they will review that to make sure revenue that is generated is shared between the participating teams at the different venues.

Lupari said one of the reasons why they wanted to make sure that everybody went in free in past seasons is to get the people back to the game because soccer is a family game.

“We wanted the mums, dads and the kids get to get involved and support the sport,’’ he said.

Govt to give support to NSL

The grant will be used for administration purposes to pay for rentals, staff salary and other logistics.

NSL board chairman Isaac Lupari confirmed that he will be signing an agreement with the PNG Sports Foundation regarding the annual grant.

Lupari said they will officially make the announcement once all the paper work is completed and all approvals have been processed through the government system.

“This is one way of the government coming forward to support NSL for the first time as they see the importance of soccer.

New NSL format to encourage more participation

TNSL board hopes that at the conference level they will encourage more clubs to participate and then build the competition to the next level.

Board member and PNG Football Association general secretary Dimirit Mileng said there’s a lot of talent  in the grassroots competition and in the PNGFA sanctioned competitions.

He said these young talents need to be exposed at the semi-professional level.

“By playing in the conference format, we are not downgrading the level of competition but generating a competitive environment.