Sport: U20 World Cup a steep learning curve for PNG women

12:11 pm on 24 November 2016

The Papua New Guinea Football Association says taking part in their first FIFA tournament was a steep learning curve for the Under 20 women's national team.

The host nation was eliminated from the Under 20 World Cup at the weekend after a 7-1 defeat against North Korea, following 9-0 and 6-0 defeats by Brazil and Sweden.

The team only had seven months to prepare for the event and PNG Football CEO Dimirit Mileng said it was a baptism of fire.

"It comes down to experience at that level. We didn't get to qualify - as the host country we were given automatic entry and it meant our preparation has been not that long enough to go out and experience the sort of football you would expect at this level," he said.

"We have learnt a lot in terms of the overall aspect of organising the game and also participating in the game."

The World Cup continues today with North Korea against France and Japan versus Brazil in the first two quarter finals.

The PNG Under 20 women's team line-up before their World Cup opener against Brazil.

The PNG Under 20 women's team line-up before their World Cup opener against Brazil. Photo: PNG Football Association

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