OFC competition calendar update for 2022

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The changes, which were confirmed via an online committee meeting, come in response to persistent issues presented by the COVID-19 pandemic.

The 2022 OFC Champions League overhaul will involve 18 teams through the qualifying phase, which will consist of a qualifying tournament and separate domestic playoffs.

The National League winner of American Samoa, Cook Islands, Samoa and Tonga will compete in a centralized qualifying tournament at a location to be determined, with the winner joining the seven national playoff winners from the remaining member associations during the tournament. OFC Champions League final. 2022.

The national qualifiers will see the top two nominated teams from Fiji, New Zealand, New Caledonia, Tahiti, Solomon Islands, Vanuatu and Papua New Guinea face off in a match where the winner will win. everything, organized in their own country, with the winner advancing to the finals.

At the same meeting, the committee also agreed to cancel both the OFC Women’s Championship U-19 and the OFC Women’s Championship U-16 which were due to take place next year.

Subsequently, New Zealand was named as an OFC participant for the 2022 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup and 2022 FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup, based on historical results. of both competitions.

Instead of the cancellation of next year’s OFC U-16 Championship, Tahiti has been named as the host of the 2023 OFC U-16 Women’s Championship.

OFC General Secretary Franck Castillo said the committee had several factors to consider when making its decisions.

“While we were hoping to run our calendar of events as usual next year, the current challenges presented by the pandemic unfortunately mean it was not a realistic option,” Castillo said.

“At the forefront of our thinking was the health and well-being of our young footballers.

“We also wanted to make sure that the designated teams, in these cases New Zealand, had enough time to plan and prepare for the 2022 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup and the U-17 Women’s World Cup. FIFA 2022.

“The new format of the OFC Champions League 2022 minimizes travel to the region, while giving the best clubs in our member associations a fair chance to play against the best of their peers. ”


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