The Fiji FA had the official launch of the first Women’s Super League on Saturday.
The league will consist of six teams from the Pacific nation – Ba, Labasa, Suva, Rewa, Tailevu Naitasiri, and Nadroga.
There will also be a second division, consisting of eight teams, called the Women’s Senior League.
The first ball is set to be kicked at the end of the month in the new league, dubbed the Super-Six League.
“This Super Six League for women is a new product for Fiji FA and will be played home and away just like the Vodafone Premier League, “said Fiji FA chief executive officer Mohammed Yusuf.
“Some of the matches will be played as curtain raiser for VPL and the girls can play in front of huge crowd.”
The teams will also recieve funding from the Fiji FA.
“Fiji FA is going to fund for everything like coaches allowance, traveling grant, match day meals, boots, jerseys, balls and all other equipment to the top six districts,” Yusuf said.
“It’s a big year for us as OFC wants to hold the Nations Cup in January next year and this competition will give our coaches to scout the best players for the national team as well,”
“We need everyone’s commitment, we need structure and things all organized the districts,”
National team coach Marika Rodu is also excited for the new league to kick off.
“The new concept will bring more responsibility in terms of the teams and officials. They will feel more included in terms of the competition. And it is a step forward to the national league,” Rodu said.
“At the end the players will be developed and exposed playing in the competition which will boost the performance of the national team as well.”
Fiji joins fellow Pacific nations like Papua New Guinea and Solomon Islands in starting up female leagues, in order to boost their chance for a spot at the 2023 World Cup, set to be hosted in Australia and New Zealand.