Tahiti aim to inspire with Women’s Nations Cup performance

Tahiti has been on a journey of development that is set to peak on Sunday when they take on Papua New Guinea in the Vahine Ura’s opening match of the OFC Women’s Nations Cup. Since the return of women’s football in 2018, Stéphanie Spielmann has spearheaded a movement to get more women and girls involved […]

Oceania to test talent in bid for FWWC spot

Nine teams from across Oceania will put themselves to the ultimate test when the 12th edition of the OFC Women’s Nations Cup gets underway in Suva, Fiji this week. With New Zealand having automatically qualified as co-hosts of the FIFA Women’s World Cup Australia & New Zealand 2023, the opportunity for a second Oceania nation […]

Historic European tour wraps for Tahitians

In a first for French Polynesian women’s football, the Vahine Ura have completed a series of international matches against opponents outside of the Oceania region. The Tahitian women’s national team, currently holding 104th position in the FIFA Women’s World Ranking, played a two-match series against 118th ranked Luxembourg, losing 5-0 then 11-0, before holding 170th […]

Spielmann leads development in Marquesas Islands

The Programme Archipels in French Polynesia has officially launched following a COVID-19 enforced delay of 12 months. Stéphanie Spielmann, Fédération Tahitienne de Football (FTF) women’s football development manager, is in Nuku Hiva this week with her team, and FTF Technical Director Patrice Flaccadori, leading the first activity of the new programme. In October last year, […]

Pirae and Papara triumph on penalties

Both the Coupe du Président and the U-15 Women’s Cup finals were taken down to the wire on Saturday as Pirae secured the double, and Papara won the inaugural U-15 title. Pirae and Dragon gave their all throughout regulation time but neither side could find the difference that would split them, sending it to a […]

Tahiti’s U-19s inspiring Raiatea

Taking women’s football to every corner of French Polynesia continues this week with the Tahiti U-19 women’s team going on tour to Raiatea in a bid to boost the game in the Society Islands group. In 2019 the U-19 women’s team secured third place on their debut at the OFC U-19 Women’s Championship in the […]

Women’s competitions launch, only to be reigned in by COVID-19

Last month the Fédération Tahitienne de Football announced the new season of women’s football competitions, including the new U-11 and U-15 (formerly U-16), before they launched across Tahiti and Moorea. The league in Moorea launched the senior competition on October 31st at the field in Haapiti with FTF Head of Women’s Football Stéphanie Spielmann on […]

Women’s football profile grows across French Polynesia

As a nation with one of the largest geographic expanses in the Pacific – 118 islands across more than 2,000km – ensuring football reaches every corner of French Polynesia is a tough ask. However, Fédération Tahitienne de Football women’s football development officer, Stephanie Spielmann, feels like she is finally starting to make inroads. Since taking […]

Tahiti’s “Hine Taure’a” are ready to make history

They’ve been in some form of training since April 2019, and now four months later the Tahiti U-19 women’s team will make their international debut at the OFC U-19 Women’s Championship in the Cook Islands. Tahiti has never before had a team participate at this level, and coach Stephanie Spielmann says the squad is excited […]