Papua New Guinea has a lengthy and proud tradition in the women’s game. The senior national team have been active since 1989, entering the qualifiers for the inaugural FIFA Women’s World Cup™ in 1991. Since then the national team has competed in numerous OFC Women’s Cup competitions. Though PNG have a strong record within Oceania they have never competed outside the continent making Singapore 2010 a historic occasion.

Coach Mick Robinson took the team to New Zealand for last year’s U-17 FIFA Women’s World Cup qualifiers, where his young side recorded one win and two defeats. English-born coach Robinson has lengthy experience working with female players in Australia where he has lived for over a decade.

Despite being the largest country within the Oceania Football Confederation, Papua New Guinea is hamstrung by a highly rural population and transport difficulties. The squad was further hampered on the eve of the tournament through the loss of important squad members Rose Bulun and Catherine Sebenaia. The majority of the squad hail from the capital Port Moresby, the second largest city Lae or Madang.
Football in Papua New Guinea has made significant strides in recent times, and without doubt the most significant achievement was attained just this year. National champions Hekari United upset the odds to win the OFC O-League, with the club to represent PNG at the 2010 FIFA Club World Cup. Before that of course the U-15 girls will represent their nation with pride at Singapore 2010 becoming the first PNG side to do so at a FIFA tournament.