2023 Pacific Games get underway

The Pacific region’s answer to the Commonwealth Games, the XVII Pacific Games, gets underway today in Honiara, Solomon Islands. While the multi-sport event for Pacific nations, territories and dependencies has been running since 1963, women’s football was only introduced for the first time in 2003. Papua New Guinea earned themselves the Queens of the Pacific […]

Solomon Islands, Samoa biggest movers in ranking release

Their journey to the semi-finals of the OFC Women’s Nations Cup 2022 has seen Samoa and Solomon Islands experience the biggest movement in the latest FIFA Women’s World ranking release this week. A massive ten spot leap has seen Samoa crack the top 100, while Solomon Islands were some of the biggest global movers as […]

The #KulaNation will continue to rise

The Fiji women’s national team’s ascent to the upper ranks of women’s football in Oceania has not gone unnoticed at home. For the second consecutive edition of the OFC Women’s Nations Cup Fiji made the finals, falling short this time around to an organised and determined Papua New Guinea side and missing out on a […]

Ninth time’s a charm for Papua New Guinea

After chasing the same dream over the past eight editions of the OFC Women’s Nations Cup, Papua New Guinea has finally earned the title of the first-ever Pacific Island nation to win the competition. The honour followed months of hard work from the players, coaches and management alike to ensure the everything was perfectly aligned […]

Women’s teams garner support from the top

When Fiji and Papua New Guinea meet in the final of the OFC Women’s Nations Cup this evening, they do so with the full backing of their nation’s leaders. Fiji Prime Minister Voreque Bainiamarama has already made one surprise appearance at HFC Bank Stadium to watch the Fiji Kulas in their quarter-final victory over Cook […]

History beckons for Fiji and Papua New Guinea

No matter what the result of this evening’s final at HFC Bank Stadium between Fiji and Papua New Guinea is, OFC Women’s Nations Cup history will be made. With the six-times winners New Zealand absent due to their direct entry to the FIFA Women’s World Cup 2023 as co-hosts with Australia, the teams taking part […]

Shift in mentality boosts women’s football in Solomon Islands

It may have been a lone goal that saw Solomon Islands past Tahiti in the quarter finals of the OFC Women’s Nations Cup, but it was goal brimming with history, heartbreak, sweat and promise. For Solomon Islands to qualify for the semi-finals of the OFC Women’s Nations Cup for the first time since 2010 is […]

“No regrets” for Tonga’s Swift

A self-described “aggressive ball winner”, Kiana Swift was expecting those match qualities to be among her main contributions to the Tongan national team. What she found upon joining the team for their tilt at FIFA Women’s World Cup qualification is in the Pacific, those players are a dime a dozen. “In Canada I’d say I’m […]

Diyolawai inspiring a new generation

Clocking the OFC Women’s Nations Cup 2022 and earning the chance to compete against some of the leading sides in the world for a berth at the FIFA Women’s World Cup Australia New Zealand 2023™ is just part of a much bigger picture for Fiji captain Sofi Diyalowai. The 28-year-old has played a key role […]

Watpore relishes return to spotlight

Fidelma Watpore made her debut for the Papua New Guinea women’s national team at the 2010 OFC Women’s Nations Cup against Tonga. On Sunday she donned the gloves after a seven-year absence to once again dash Tonga’s hopes of progressing to their first FIFA Women’s World Cup, with two crucial saves in the penalty shootout […]