Oceania’s first FIFA Women’s Football Regional Development Seminar in 2005 was held in Cook Islands, and now ten years on, the same Polynesian nation is hosting another event that will be crucial to furthering the women’s game throughout the region.
FIFA and OFC have organised this week’s seminar to help with assessing the progress made and creating a vision for the Confederation and Associations to follow.
Cook Islands Football Association (CIFA) CEO Mii Piri described it is an honour for the association to be welcoming colleagues from across the Pacific to discuss the successes and struggles each of them face in engaging women in football.
Piri said that holding this event during the 2016 OFC U-17 Women’s Championship also helps raise the profile of the seminar and what it is trying to achieve. “Each of the teams participating in this competition have players who have come through the various programmes on offer in each Member Association which shows that we are making a difference.
The FIFA Women’s Football Regional Development Seminar brings together the CEOs or General Secretaries, technical directors and women’s football development officers from each of the 11 OFC Member Associations.