25 February, 2018, 12:00 am
THE Vodafone Women’s Under-18 League will be used to select a national side for the Oceania Football Confederation (OFC) Under-19 playoffs next year.
These were the comments made by Fiji Football Association (Fiji FA) vice-president Susan Wise during the launch of the Southern Division under-18 league yesterday at the Fiji FA headquarters in Vatuwaqa, Suva.
Six teams – Navua, Rewa, Nasinu, Suva, Northland Tailevu and Tailevu-Naitasiri, will be part of the Southern Division competition.
Western and Northern divisions leagues are expected to start in the coming weeks.
“Fifty-five matches will be played during the league. This year’s competition will be used as a platform for selection of the Fiji U19 team for the OFC competition next year.
“Through this league, we will see the increase in the quality of football that our women play,” Wise said.
She said majority of the players participating in the league were part of the initial project which started in 2016 at an U16 grade.
“Competition started in 2016 as a project funded by FIFA and supported through the Vodafone sponsorship.
“This year we will see the U18 league played in three zones. The league in 2016 has seen a development in our players who have carried on to U18,” she said.
Vodafone senior public relations officer Fozia Muktar said the company would continue to support football development.
“Vodafone, in partnership with Fiji FA, has driven all efforts to support the growth of football in the country and we stand firm to our commitment towards the betterment of the sport,” she said.
“This is a true reflection of our passion in our bid to form up the foundation of football by supporting the grassroots level.
“Through our financial boost we assist and facilitate training and development programs for our future stars,” she said.