Cook Islands Football Association (CIFA) competition manager, Pauline Dean said they were honoured with the opportunity to host the tournament.
“We are looking forward to hosting this tournament as it is our first time hosting the U19 women’s. Eleven teams from around the Pacific will be participating so it is also a big tournament for us,” Dean said.
The official draw took place last month at the OFC Academy in Auckland with competitions director Chris Kemp assisted by women’s development officer Emma Evans.
Drawn into Group A, the Cook Islands U19 women will face the Solomon Islands, Fiji and Vanuatu, while in Group B defending champions New Zealand will compete against American Samoa, Samoa and Tahiti.
Group C consist Papua New Guinea, New Caledonia and Tonga.
The national U19 women’s squad has been preparing for this tournament for some time, and the recently ended Kia Orana Youth Football Festival has helped to put together a much more talented training squad for this upcoming tournament.
The focus now shifts to harnessing their talent to prepare themselves for the challenge ahead.
- CIFA Media
Group A – Cook Islands, Solomon Islands, Fiji, Vanuatu
Group B – American Samoa, New Zealand, Samoa, Tahiti
Group C – Papua New Guinea, New Caledonia, Tonga