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THE 2020-2021 Women National Soccer League will be launched tonight at Port Moresby's Sir John Guise Indoor Complex by its Matron the wife of the Prime Minister, Mrs. Rachel Marape.

Mrs Marape was recently named as Matron of the Women NSL was delighted to be part of the launching and encourages young women to take up in all sports especially football. Prime Minister James Marape will accompany his good wife for the launching.

The Women National Soccer League and the PNG Football Association grace her presence with her humble husband and the Honorable Prime Minister of Papua New Guinea.

The PNG Football Association and the Women National Soccer League want to acknowledge FIFA as they have made this launching possible for PNGFA and Women’s football.

FIFA in recent years has now placed focus to develop women football and PNGFA is on track to materalise this goal.

PNG Football Association have not yet secured a major sponsor locally but through FIFA assistance, PNGFA and the WNSL interim Board are able to get this launching and competition off the ground with official kick off next week on December 5, 2020.

The recently PNGFA Competition Director Paul Isorua said all clubs have been informed of the deferral for these following reasons:

• To give precedence and sufficient media coverage to PNG Women’s football through a proper official

launching program;

• To allow all participating clubs to attend;

• To give sufficient time for clubs to return home and prepare teams for the start of competition;

• Availability of the Sir Ignatius Kilage stadium in Lae as of the 05th of December 2020; and

• The season’s draws will be drawn ‘live’ during the launching; hence, PNGFA Competitions will need time to

schedule match venues before circulation.

He said PNGFA have been working hard behind the scenes to prepare for the much anticipated competition, with 14 teams set to battle it out for the women’s silverware.

The Northern Conference has Sepik FC, Pacific Gardens FC, Markham Raings FC, Morobe Tulips FC, Bara FC, Rainy Lae FC, Poro FC and Tusbab Laidamon FC while Southern Conference has Port Moresby City FC, Port Moresby City Academy, National Capital District Public Servant Soccer Association, Hekari United FC, Genesis FC and Amoana FC.

Isorua has confirmed the competing teams will be split into two conferences, Northern and Southern.

“Northern Conference teams consist of a team from East Sepik province, Madang, Goroka and five are Laebased while Southern has five Port Moresby-based teams and one from Central Province,” he said

“So far preparation has been going well and we are excited to see the revival of the women’s league.”

The competition starts at the end of this month and runs through to February next year.”

Isorua said the Conference competition stage will be a league format with two rounds, before the top two teams from the respective conferences proceed to the finals.

PNGFA General Secretary Pius Letenge, believes the revamping of the women’s league is an interesting and exciting prospect, especially with the FIFA Women’s World Cup 2023 on the horizon.

“There is a huge interest in women’s football and it has grown massively over the years. We have seen young women and girls coming out from different settlements, communities, tribes, clans and provinces in Papua New Guinea and excelling in the sport,” Letenge said.

November 26, 2020