BY ROMULUS HUTA
THE national women’s senior soccer team will represent the country in the preliminary qualifiers for this year’s OFC Women’s Nations Cup.
Solomon Islands Football Federation (SIFF) Women’s development officer Diane Justus confirmed yesterday.
In the preliminary qualifiers to be held from August 25 to 31 in Lautoka, Fiji, the Solomon Islands women soccer side will go up against American Samoa, Vanuatu and the hosts.
In the lead up to the upcoming important event, SIFF technical department will soon name a training squad for the preliminary qualifiers.
The training squad will be named from the upcoming open women’s soccer league to be organised by SIFF in collaboration with Honiara Football Association (HFA).
The women’s league will kick off this month, according to organisers.
“Solomon Islands will participate in the qualifiers. The squad will be picked from the league that is due to begin this month,” Justus said.
The winner of the qualifiers will progress into the main draw of the 2018 OFC Women’s Nations Cup against Cook Islands, New Caledonia, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, Tahiti and Tonga.
The 2018 OFC Women’s Nations Cup will be held in Noumea, New Caledonia from 18 November to 1 December with the winner progressing not only for a place in the FIFA Women’s World Cup France 2019, but for a berth at the Women’s Olympic Football Tournament Tokyo 2020.
The draw for the OFC Women’s Nations Cup will take place at the OFC Headquarters in Auckland, New Zealand with the results to be published on Thursday 22 March.
New Zealand are the current holders of the OFC Women’s Nations Cup after winning the tenth edition of the competition in Kokopo, Papua New Guinea in 2014.