In 2011, FIFA implemented an initiative to support countries all around the world through one of its projects to develop women’s football.
Wednesday night was the official launching of gear to local Samoan colleges from Upolu and Savaii who accepted an invitation from FFS to participate in a one week women’s tournament, at the Insel Fehrman Hotel in Moto’otua.
This is the second year since the inaugural establishment of the Women’s Football in Colleges tournament. By having 10 schools participating for this year’s tournament, FFS Women’s Co-coordinator Lynette Laumea Fa’aiuaso was thrilled with the support by school principals and teachers by accepting the invitation from FFS to compete in this year’s tournament.
FIFA Instructor Nicola Demaine delivered the keynote address and spoke on how FIFA and FFS are taking on a direction to improve female football in Samoa.
Demaine believes that Samoa is unique from other pacific island nations; talking from experience, a Samoan girl can grow up and play the same sports as a Samoan boy.
This tournament is for the colleges, so it’s a chance to get new girls to play football to grow the game even more and maybe link those players into clubs. Who knows, it might be one of your colleges player’s that goes on to play for Samoa in the near future, and if it happens, please makes a big deal out of it”.
The gear is a token to help the colleges kick the tournament off. It will also help the colleges to get their team of the ground. Demaine urges the Principals and teachers to take good care of the gear, and make sure it’s not just a one off thing that happens this year. Please carry it forward, I encourage you coaches to support your girls and enjoy this gift as it’s the best game in the world”
Nicole in her final remarks hopes to see Samoa in a FIFA WC tournament one day.
Since its establishment the number has increased, these were the schools that accepted our invitation to participate, Fa’aiuaso stated. The ten colleges deserve these new uniforms and we hope to see young aspiring female stars at this year’s competition.
FFS President, Laupama Solomona thanked FIFA representative Nicola Demiean for the on-going support to small nations like Samoa.
Leififi College Principal, acknowledged the support of FIFA and FFS for giving the schools an opportunity to compete without the problem of uniform. Mrs Lauano believes that the gear is motivation for her students as they are nice adidas uniforms and not cheap.
The ten participating schools includes six schools from Savaii (Amoa, Itu o Tane, Savaii Sisifo, Palauli, Vailoa, Mataaevave College) whilst the four schools in Upolu are St Marys College, Pesega, Sagaga and Leififi College.
The tournament kicks off this month.