PNG Football Association

OFC Women In Final Group Matches

In Group A match on Saturday, 16th July, the match between Vanuatu and Cook Islands ended in a 1-1 draw at the HFC Stadium in Suva, Fiji.

The Cook Islands will now take on Samoa in the group’s final game tomorrow, July 19 while Tonga will be waiting on results from elsewhere to discover if they will advance to the quarterfinals.

For Group B results, tournament favourites, PNG edged Tahiti 2-1 yesterday to top their Group and advance into the semifinal.

Women In Highlands Create History in NSL

Teams come from Simbu, Eastern Highlands, Southern Highlands and Enga, have joined two Western Highlands teams; Mt Hagen FC and Hagen Kuri FC to be part of the new competition.

Highlands has now joined Southern Conference, Northern Conference and NGI Conference.

PNGFA Vice President and Mendi Soccer Association president Francis Ank commended President John Kapi Natto and his General Secretary Pius Letenge for driving and reaching all four conferences in the country.

"The women taking part are now part of football history in the Highlands region," Ank said.

NSL Franchises Urged To Register

The Women World Cup 2023 would be the pinnacle of women’s competition this year as women players strive for excellence to grab any available spot on-offer.

PNGFA Competition Director, Roosjie Suwae said many teams have indicated to take part but they are very slow in submitting their required Expression of Interest documentation to take part in the 2022 football season.

So far, only four teams have submitted their interest, two from Southern Conference and two from Northern Conference have forwarded their EOI, while nothing from Highlands and New Guinea Island.

PNGFA Seeks Approval

PNG Football Association Competition Director, Roosje Suwae said PNGFA is looking to start the Women National Soccer League in March this year but it is subject to approval by the Controller.

Suwae said for any PNGFA sanctioned competition, PNGFA is requesting or calling on all players and officials to be vaccinated before they can participate in the competition.

Female Referees To Undergo Training

PNGFA Head of Refereeing and FIFA/OFC Instructor, Jimmy Warai confirmed that the course will be conducted in Western Highlands capital for all selected women referees to attend.

He said the course is part of the FIFA/OFC ongoing Refereeing Assistance Program and Education for its Member Association for women match officials. 

Last time the FIFA/OFC/PNGFA conducted the similar course was in 2014. However, for this course we will have PNGFA’s OFC List for 2022, the National Badge Listing and the Regional Badge Listing for those who pass their FIFA Fitness Test.

PNGFA Hosts Training Camp

The team started its training program this morning (December 10, 2021) at the PNG Football stadium at Waigani with endurance (speed & agility) exercise sessions to get the players prepared for the next stages of the program.

An on-camp site physio-therapy and medical clinic has being set up to cater for the players needs on a daily basis.

The training camp will end on December 22, 2021, before the team members are released to spend the festive season with their families.

PNGFA Confirms New Coaches

PNGFA Secretary General, Pius Letenge confirmed the appointment of both coaches as PNGFA embarks on its preparation for its World Cup campaign starting next year. Both coaches are expected in the country anytime soon once their relevant travel documents are in order.

Gusmao’s major task is as PNG Kapul Head Coach for the 2022 World Cup OFC Qualifiers in Doha, Qatar next March 2022. He takes over from former coach, Fleming Serritslev who is now in-charge of Fiji men’s soccer team.

NSL plans update

As per the current new measures all public gatherings of more than 20 people including sporting activities are being restricted until the 30th of October, 2021.  

PNG Football Association (PNGFA) Competition Director Rooje Suwae said while its business as usual in the office, all 14 teams in the NSL have suspended training in compliant with current new restrictions in place due to the alarming surge of COVID-19 in the country.

PNGFA Endorses OFC Referee Course

President John Kapi Natto said he supported the FIFA/OFC sanctioned course to help educate the referees and so it this help them improve performance of refereeing standard in the country.

The course is targeted at referees who are doing well in their respective member association’s competition to test their skills and knowledge at the OFC courses.

PNGFA General Secretary Pius Letenge expressed the same sentiment stating PNGFA under the leadership of Kapi Natto has been conducting basic MA Referee course throughout the country and now the FIFA/OFC referee course.

Alotau Soccer Appoints Admin

Alotau is the second member association to join football family after Vanimo in the border province of Sandaun.

Milne Bay Province soccer body inclusion was part of the drive undertaken by PNG Football Association President, John Kapi Natto to bring back all former members to the football fold.
PNGFA vice president (Southern region), Morea Vavine who witnessed the election of the office bearers recently applauded the election process, which took place to name new president.