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 […]

Women’s football returns to the Tahiti Iti peninsula

Twice a week, since November 2021, Toahotu field in Taiarapu Ouest (West Taiarapu) comes alive with one of the best sounds out – women playing football. In a bid to keep the club relevant and responding to the needs of the community, Taiarapu FC president Youenn Virmaux reinstated the women’s football programme late last year. […]

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 […]

Finals fever for French Polynesia

This weekend the 2020/2021 football season in French Polynesia will culminate with the finals of the Coupe du Président and the Women’s U-15 Cup finals at Stade Pater in Tahiti. AS Papara FC and AS Tefana will play for the Women’s U-15 Cup in the opening match of the day at 1pm, followed by AS […]

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 […]

A month of fun on the sand in Tahiti

An intense month of competition during Tahiti’s Beach Soccer Tour 2020 came to an entertaining conclusion on Friday as Tiki Tama took out the tile following a 5-2 victory over Green Warriors. Tahiti senior international Ninauea Hioe showed her talents extend beyond the futsal court and football field by opening the scoring for Tiki Tama. […]

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 […]