OFC boost women’s division with three new appointments

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Former NZ Football manager Ashleigh Cox has joined Oceania Football Confederation’s Auckland-based staff as part of its women’s football division.

In a statement at their website, OFC says:

“After a year off on maternity leave, Ashleigh will return to continue to support ALL IN’s education and visibility pillars, focusing on capacity building and leadership development.

“Her previous contract was during the COVID lockdown, so it will be a great occasion having her meeting and connecting with the OFC team in person at the Home Of Football in Auckland.”

Cox was previously with NZF as their Marketing and Events Manager, and before that, as the NZF Women’s Development Manager.

Main photo: Ashleigh Cox. Photo: Shane Wenzlick / Phototek.

Cox is one of three new appointments at the OFC women’s division.

The new arrivals are:

  • Stephanie Spielmann, who will be Tahiti-based and who will be focussed on OFC’s ALL IN strategy for women’s football participation and education pillars, supporting the development of girls and women’s football in the region. She was formerly the Tahiti women’s football manager, and women’s national coach.
  • Margaret Aka, who will be Papua New Guinea-based, and has worked in women’s football for a decade in various roles, most recently as the PNGFA Women’s Football Development Officer.

OFC Women’s Football Manager Emma Evans says she is “thrilled” to have the three join the women’s football team at OFC.

“Stephanie, Margaret and Ashleigh have vast experience in football across the Pacific, and they are all extremely passionate about football and making a difference in the region.

“While Ashleigh, Margaret and Stephanie all held the position of Women’s Football Manager in OFC member associations in their previous roles, they each bring different strengths to the team and I can’t wait to see the positive impact they will have on football in our region in the years to come.”

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