FIFA Women's Football Seminar an Eye Opener

The Assistant Technical Director of VFF Alwyn Job has described the FIFA Women's Football Seminar for Oceania that was held in the Cook Islands last week, as an eye opener for OFC member countries as far as the development of women's football is concerned.
Alwyn made the comment after returning from Rarotonga where he and VFF Chief Executive Officer, Jimmy Nipo and the President of Port Vila Women's Football Emmie Sope and her assistant Leina Kaloris made presentations on the structure of Vanuatu Football, the Development Programmes and the progress in Women's Football.
Always says the presentations made by Vanuatu were very clear and comprehensive. He says the three day seminar (from 19 to 21 September) has put to light the status of women's football in the region, and the common challenges that each national association is faced with.
Leina Kaloris says the seminar was a tremendous learning experience for her. "From the presentations I have come to have a better understanding of the structure of VFF and the functions of the various departments in the federation in regards to development, and how VFF is integrated with OFC and FIFA structures.
"I also had the chance to meet and make contacts with other people involved in women's football in the region, and to be able to exchange our experience. I am very happy that I was given the opportunity to represent Vanuatu".
Emmie Sope attended the course for the first time under her new appointment as FIFA Women's Football instructor.
"It was a great experience for me. The course was the first of its kindÖ.designed to draw in the experience in developing women's football in member countries of Oceania. Also FIFA, OFC and the national associations made presentations on their structure and functions, and where women's football fits in.
"It was really a program to allow each association to share their experience so that common problems and challenges could be identified, and how those issues could be resolved. It was also a time to strengthen our networking system and to find out the respective commitments of FIFA and OFC and the national associations in regards to women's football development in the region", Ms. Sope explains.
The meeting resolved that the seminar would become an annual event to ensure a progressive development process in women's football development in the region. The OFC women's Under 20 tournament is scheduled to take place in Samoa next April 2006.


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