Who will represent Oceania at the FIFA Club World Cup?
Fiji, New Caledonia, Solomon Islands and Vanuatu will hold home and away playoffs – involving the champion and runners-up from their respective domestic league – until June, from which each winner will qualify for the final phase.
June will see the return of Oceania’s premier club football competition, the OFC Champions League, which will decide who will represent the region at the 2022 edition of the FIFA Club World Cup.
The revised competition format, which has been adapted following the COVID-19 pandemic to reduce team travel needs, is split into two phases.
The first stage will determine which clubs will take part in the second stage, which will be a centralized eight-team final tournament scheduled for August this year.
Fiji, New Caledonia, Solomon Islands and Vanuatu will hold home and away playoffs – involving the champion and runners-up from their respective domestic league – until June, from which each winner will qualify for the final stage.
Papua New Guinea and Tahiti will each host a first leg match between their domestic league champion and runner-up, also in June, to appoint their representative.
New Zealand football has already chosen Auckland City FC as their representative for the finals.
The champion clubs of American Samoa, Cook Islands, Samoa and Tonga are due to compete in a centralized qualifying tournament to decide who will take the final qualifying spot, with details yet to be confirmed pending border restrictions.
Live coverage of all of the 2022 OFC Champions League Domestic Qualifiers will be provided, with the fixtures listed below.
OFC Champions League 2022 National Playoffs (dates and times are given in local time)
- June 4: Sc Ne Drehu v Hienghène Sport at Yoshida Stadium, Kone – Kick-off 3:00 p.m.
- June 6: Hienghène Sport v Sc Ne Drehu at Stade Numa Daly, Nouméa – Kick-off 3:00 p.m.
- June 6: Solomon Warriors FC v Central Coast FC details to be confirmed
- June 10: Central Coast FC v Solomon Warriors FC details to be confirmed
- June 14: AS Pirae – AS Venus at Stade Pater in Papeete – kick-off at 8:00 p.m.
- June 17: Rewa FC v Lautoka FC at Churchill Park, Lautoka – Kick-off 7:00 p.m.
- June 18: RueRue FC v Galaxy FC at Luganville Soccer City Stadium, Luganville – 2:00 p.m.
- June 19: Lautoka FC v Rewa FC at Ratu Cakobau Park, Suva – Kick-off 3:00 p.m.
- 25 June: Galaxy FC v RueRue FC at Korman Stadium, Port Vila – kick off 2pm
- 25 June: Lae City FC v Hekari United FC at PNG Football Stadium, Port Moresby – kick-off to be confirmed
Source: OFC Media
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