Sport: Venue upgrades underway for PNG World Cup

12:37 pm on 10 March 2016

Venues for the FIFA Under 20 Women's World Cup in Papua New Guinea are expected to be completed by September, two month's before the tournament kicks off.

PNG were awarded hosting rights in March of last year.

Matches are scheduled to be held at the National Football Stadium, Sir John Guise Stadium and Sir Hubert Murray Stadium in Port Moresby and Sir Ignatius Kilage Stadium in Lae.

The Sir John Guise Stadium will host the 2015 Pacific Games opening and closing ceremonies.

Sir John Guise Stadium is one of the venues for the U20 World Cup. Photo: 2015 Pacific Games

The CEO of PNG Football, Dimirit Mileng, said the venues are all there but FIFA has requested upgrades to some of the facilities.

"The inspection team from FIFA has identified the areas that need to be improved and that's already been identified with people on the ground who are responsible for that, which is (The PNG) Sports Foundation and so they're working on it and the work has started to upgrade the training facilities. The timeline is we're hoping that by September all those are ready - that's sort of the final month to make sure that all that is in place."

Dimirit Mileng said some venues require more work than others and the PNG Government is paying for and looking after the upgrade process, through the Ministry of Sports and Tourism.

The World Cup will be held from 13 November to 3 December.

Papua New Guinea is hosting the FIFA Under 20 Women's World Cup.

Papua New Guinea is hosting the FIFA Under 20 Women's World Cup. Photo: PNG Football