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Countdown starts for 2016 FIFA Under-20 Women's World Cup

TODAY marks exactly one year to the 2016 FIFA Under-20 Women’s World Cup, when all eyes will be on Papua New Guinea.
The cream of young soccer talent from 16 countries, representing five continents, will converge on Port Moresby for the premier sporting event on the globe.
PNG Football Association president David Chung is confident that the country would deliver the best U20 women’s soccer tournament in its short history
With the backing of Prime Minister Peter O’Neill and Sports Minister Justin Tkatchenko, the country is set to host the November event in Port Moresby.
Chung said the Government had allocated K10 million through the 2016 national budget, while an additional K11m was from an earlier State commitment.
“Given this level of support, the country is excited about hosting the FIFA World Cup tournament,” Chung said.
As host, it is an historic occasion for PNG as it debuts in the FIFA-sanctioned tournament.
The local organising committee has started work to ensure the necessary logistics are ready before the event.
Committee executive director Seamus Martenz thanked the Government and Tkatchenko for making it possible for the country to host the event.
He was particularly impressed with Tkatchenko’s drive to have visiting UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador David Beckham meet with members of the PNG U20 women’s team in Mt Hagen, Western Highlands recently.
“The minister deserves a pat on the back for his initiative in arranging the meeting with Beckham,” he said.
Chung said national women’s coach Lisa Cole would arrive on Nov 23 to start preparations with the squad, which include several international friendly matches.
With a year to go, PNGFA is adamant the Government will fast-track the availability of funds to build 16 training venues for the visiting teams.  
The 2016 FIFA U20 Women’s World Cup was originally scheduled for South Africa, but after it withdrew as hosts, the tournament was awarded to PNG in March.
Half of the field for the 16-team 2016 FIFA U20 Women’s World Cup is set.
Joining hosts Papua New Guinea will be Japan, Korea Republic and Korea DPR from Asia, European qualifiers France, Germany, Spain and Sweden, and Oceania qualifier New Zealand.
There are still seven berths up for grabs
Up to four stadiums in Papua New Guinea may be utilised for the World Cup tournament.
Meanwhile, PNGFA has called on selected women players in the U17, U20 and senior team to resume training on Monday (Nov 6) in preparation for their respective international tournaments. The National
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