THE Fiji Football Association is keen to develop women's football from the under-12 age group level.
With Oceania Football Confederation making the under-17 championship compulsory for all nations, the parent body is serious about sending a strong team to the event.
Fiji FA president Rajesh Patel said they recorded more than 100 schools during the U14 championship in the Southern and Western Divisions this year.
Patel said a competition would also be organised for the North.
"Women's football is here to stay," he said.
"We are excited that the U17 tournament is compulsory for the nations in the Oceania region.
"At the age group from U12 to U14 is where girl's football development will be.
"This will give them a brighter future as their skills development is concerned.
"We are not just making numbers to go the Oceania qualifiers.
"We are serious that this will help us qualify for the World Cup in the different age groups.
"It gives us a strong pathway for the Pacific Games. If development has to happen then it has to be at a younger age group."