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Fiji women's soccer happy with exposure

Zanzeer Singh
Wednesday, December 11, 2013

THE Fiji Football Association has applauded the organisers of the Ultimate Fiji Soccer Cup for bringing across a host of girls' teams from Australia to give the locals the much needed exposure.

Two Fiji selection teams are competing against three Australian teams in each of the Under-15 and U17 divisions.

The local team players were selected from the Inter District Competition and Fiji Secondary Schools Championship which were held recently.

Fiji FA women's development officer Charlene Lockington said the Ultimate Fiji Soccer Cup were a learning experience for the girls.

"We are very grateful to Bruce Tilt of Ultimate Sports Travel and Events for bringing in the overseas teams," Lockington said.

"This is a rare chance for our girls to pit their skills against the overseas counterparts. This gives them the needed exposure. We have two U15 selections, one U17 selection and one U20 selection in the tournament."

Meanwhile the parent body has set out major plans to revamp women's football next year with many age-group tournaments in the pipeline.

Lockington said the development of women's football were their priority.

"The Fiji Football Association has big plans for women's football for 2014 and we plan to strengthen the U15 and U17 squads," Lockington said.

"There will be more weekend camps for them. They will get more game time. The U17 secondary school tournament will continue. There are plans to include the U15 grade as well but that will depend on the response from the schools.

"Unfortunately we had to pull out of the Oceania U17 play-offs after the dates of the tournament were shifted to this month from January 2014. This is because our preparation time coincided with the school examinations. But Oceania U20 qualifiers will be held next year and we will target that.

"We are planning to hold a big U13 tournament and this will be for the primary school girls. The league competition for the district teams will be played."

Majority of the girls matches were postponed yesterday because of the unavailability of the grounds after heavy overnight rainfall in Ba.