2013–14 OFC Champions League

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2013–14 OFC Champions League
Tournament details
Dates 15–19 October 2013 (preliminary stage)
7 April – 18 May 2014 (final stage)
Teams 12 (final stage)
15 (total) (from 11 associations)
Final positions
Champions New Zealand Auckland City (6th title)
Runners-up Vanuatu Amicale
Tournament statistics
Matches played 29
Goals scored 110 (3.79 per match)
Top scorer(s) French Polynesia Naea Bennett
Argentina Emiliano Tade
(6 goals each)
Best player Argentina Emiliano Tade
Best goalkeeper Vanuatu Chikau Mansale

The 2013–14 OFC Champions League, also previously known as the 2014 O-League, was the 13th edition of the Oceania Cup, Oceania's premier club football tournament organized by the Oceania Football Confederation (OFC), and the 8th season under the current OFC Champions League name.

Auckland City became the first team to win four consecutive and six overall titles after defeating Amicale in the final. As the winner of the 2014 OFC Champions League, they earned the right to represent the OFC at the 2014 FIFA Club World Cup. Both finalists will also participate in the 2014 OFC President's Cup, which will also involve two teams from the Asian Football Confederation and two further invitational sides, scheduled for 17–23 November 2014.[1][2]

Format change[edit]

The OFC decided to change the format once again for the 2014 edition:[3]

  • The competition consisted of two stages – preliminary stage and final stage (group stage, semi-finals, and final).
  • For the preliminary stage, like in the previous season, four teams from the four weakest associations took part in this stage, with the tournament played in round-robin format at a single venue. From this season, the preliminary stage winner was granted direct qualification to the group stage.
  • For the group stage, 12 teams took part in this stage (increase from 8 teams in the past), and more importantly, it was played in a single country. Four associations were awarded two berths each, three associations were awarded one berth each, and one berth was given to the preliminary stage winner. The 12 teams were divided into three groups of four teams (teams from the same association may not be placed into the same group), where each group was played in round-robin format, with the group winners and the best runner-up progressing to the semi-finals.
  • For the semi-finals, like in the previous season, the two ties were played over two legs on a home-and-away format.
  • For the final, the OFC Executive Committee decided that it was played over two legs on a home-and-away format, instead of over one match at a pre-determined venue like in the previous season.[2]

Teams[edit]

A total of 15 teams entered the competition. The four associations with the best results in the 2012–13 OFC Champions League (Fiji, New Zealand, Tahiti, Vanuatu) were awarded two berths each, and three other associations (New Caledonia, Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands) were awarded one berth each. Those teams directly entered the group stage, to be joined by the winner of the preliminary stage, which was contested by teams from the four developing associations (American Samoa, Cook Islands, Samoa, Tonga).

Association Team Qualifying method
Teams entering the group stage
Fiji Fiji Ba 2013 Fiji National Football League champion
Nadi 2013 Fiji National Football League runner-up
New Zealand New Zealand Waitakere United 2012–13 ASB Premiership grand final champion
2012–13 ASB Premiership regular season premier
Auckland City 2012–13 ASB Premiership regular season runner-up
French Polynesia Tahiti Dragon 2012–13 Tahiti First Division champion
Pirae 2013–14 Tahiti First Division regular phase winner
Vanuatu Vanuatu Tafea 2013 Vanuatu National Super League champion
Amicale 2013 Vanuatu National Super League runner-up
New Caledonia New Caledonia Magenta 2012 New Caledonia Division Honneur champion
Papua New Guinea Papua New Guinea Hekari United 2013 Telikom National Soccer League champion
Solomon Islands Solomon Islands Solomon Warriors 2013–14 Telekom S-League champion
Teams entering the preliminary stage
American Samoa American Samoa Pago Youth 2012 FFAS Senior League champion
Cook Islands Cook Islands Tupapa Maraerenga 2012 Cook Islands Round Cup champion
Samoa Samoa Kiwi 2011–12 Samoa National League champion
Tonga Tonga Lotoha'apai United 2011–12 Tonga Major League champion

Schedule[edit]

The schedule of the competition was as follows.[4]

Stage Date
Preliminary stage
(Host: American Samoa)
Matchday 1 15 October 2013
Matchday 2 17 October 2013
Matchday 3 19 October 2013
Group stage
(Host: Fiji)
Matchday 1 7–9 April 2014
Matchday 2 10–12 April 2014
Matchday 3 13–15 April 2014
Semi-finals
(Home-and-away)
First leg 26–27 April 2014
Second leg 3–4 May 2014
Final
(Home-and-away)
First leg 10–11 May 2014
Second leg 17–18 May 2014

Preliminary stage[edit]

The preliminary stage was played in Pago Pago, American Samoa from 15 to 19 October 2013 (all times UTC−11).[5] The draw to determine the fixtures was held on 8 October 2013 at the OFC Headquarters in Auckland, New Zealand.[6] The four teams played each other on a round-robin basis. The group winner advanced to the group stage to join the 11 automatic qualifiers.

Team Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
Samoa Kiwi 3 3 0 0 12 3 +9 9
Cook Islands Tupapa Maraerenga 3 2 0 1 14 4 +10 6
Tonga Lotoha'apai United 2 0 0 2 2 7 −5 0
American Samoa Pago Youth 2 0 0 2 2 16 −14 0
15 October 2013
12:00
Lotoha'apai United Tonga 0–3 Cook Islands Tupapa Maraerenga
Report Best Goal 10'
Harmon Goal 83'
Fowler Goal 87'
16 October 2013
9:00
Kiwi Samoa 5–1 American Samoa Pago Youth
Gaughan Goal 14' (pen.)30'66'
Cowan Goal 23'39'
Report Kang Goal 60'

Note: The Kiwi v Pago Youth match was originally scheduled to be played on 15 October 2013, 15:00 local time, but was postponed to the next day due to heavy rain.[7]


17 October 2013
12:00
Lotoha'apai United Tonga 2–4 Samoa Kiwi
Moala Goal 10'
M. Uhatahi Goal 15'
Report Mason Goal 12'
Cowan Goal 32'51'
Gaughan Goal 59'
17 October 2013
15:00
Pago Youth American Samoa 1–11 Cook Islands Tupapa Maraerenga
Kang Goal 1' Report Paulus Goal 17'71' (pen.)
Best Goal 45+1'
Strickland Goal 50' (pen.)
Margetts Goal 54'60' (pen.)78'87'
Ruka Goal 85'
Turepu Goal 90'
Harmon Goal 90+3'

Note: The Pago Youth v Lotoha'apai United match was cancelled due to heavy rain and the fact that neither team could advance to the group stage.[8]

19 October 2013
14:30
Tupapa Maraerenga Cook Islands 0–3 Samoa Kiwi
Report Cowan Goal 22'
Mason Goal 27'
Gaughan Goal 88'

Group stage[edit]

The group stage was played in Ba and Lautoka, Fiji from 7 to 15 April 2014 (all times UTC+12).[1] The 12 teams were divided into three groups of four, with the restriction that teams from the same association not be placed into the same group. The draw to determine the fixtures was held on 7 February 2014 at the OFC Headquarters in Auckland, New Zealand.[9][10][11] In each group, the four teams played each other on a round-robin basis. The group winners and the best runner-up advanced to the semi-finals.

Group A[edit]

Team Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
French Polynesia Pirae 3 3 0 0 13 2 +11 9
Solomon Islands Solomon Warriors 3 1 1 1 10 3 +7 4
New Zealand Waitakere United 3 1 1 1 4 4 0 4
Samoa Kiwi 3 0 0 3 0 18 −18 0
9 April 2014
13:00
Kiwi Samoa 0–2 New Zealand Waitakere United
Report French Goal 19'
Totori Goal 32'
9 April 2014
16:00
Solomon Warriors Solomon Islands 1–2 French Polynesia Pirae
Naka Goal 56' Report Vahirua Goal 12'
Tepa Goal 26'

12 April 2014
13:00
Pirae French Polynesia 8–0 Samoa Kiwi
N. Bennett Goal 5'6'22'90'
Vahirua Goal 25'
Li Fung Kuee Goal 37' (pen.)45+2'
Dallera Goal 73'
Report
12 April 2014
16:00
Waitakere United New Zealand 1–1 Solomon Islands Solomon Warriors
Seda Goal 86' (o.g.) Report Naka Goal 45'

15 April 2014
13:00
Kiwi Samoa 0–8 Solomon Islands Solomon Warriors
Report Naka Goal 6'
Lea'alafa Goal 8'20'26'89'
Ifunaoa Goal 42'
Donga Goal 59'
Feni Goal 68'
15 April 2014
16:00
Pirae French Polynesia 3–1 New Zealand Waitakere United
Li Fung Kuee Goal 1'
N. Bennett Goal 17'
Tepa Goal 90+2'
Report Stevens Goal 56'

Group B[edit]

Group B matches were originally scheduled to be played in Prince Charles Park, Nadi, but the venue was withdrawn after inspection by the OFC.[12]

Team Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
Vanuatu Amicale 3 3 0 0 8 0 +8 9
New Zealand Auckland City 3 2 0 1 6 1 +5 6
French Polynesia Dragon 3 1 0 2 5 4 +1 3
Fiji Nadi 3 0 0 3 0 14 −14 0
8 April 2014
13:00
Amicale Vanuatu 1–0 French Polynesia Dragon
Sakama Goal 19' Report
8 April 2014
16:00
Auckland City New Zealand 3–0 Fiji Nadi
Moreira Goal 12'
Kim Goal 23'
Tade Goal 40'
Report

11 April 2014
13:00
Dragon French Polynesia 0–3 New Zealand Auckland City
Report Kim Goal 14'
Tade Goal 48'
Moreira Goal 59'
11 April 2014
16:00
Nadi Fiji 0–6 Vanuatu Amicale
Report Đorđević Goal 59'
Vasilić Goal 73'89'90+3'
Tangis Goal 85'90'

14 April 2014
13:00
Nadi Fiji 0–5 French Polynesia Dragon
Report A. Tehau Goal 33'
T. Tehau Goal 62'
Chong Hue Goal 69'
Tetauira Goal 75'
Vero Goal 84' (pen.)
14 April 2014
16:00
Amicale Vanuatu 1–0 New Zealand Auckland City
Fred Goal 45+1' Report

Group C[edit]

Team Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
Fiji Ba 3 2 1 0 7 1 +6 7
New Caledonia Magenta 3 1 1 1 5 5 0 4
Vanuatu Tafea 3 1 0 2 4 8 −4 3
Papua New Guinea Hekari United 3 0 2 1 4 6 −2 2
7 April 2014
13:00
Tafea Vanuatu 3–1 Papua New Guinea Hekari United
Damalip Goal 9'
Nawo Goal 29'
Mansale Goal 81'
Report Tanito Goal 41' (pen.)
7 April 2014
16:00
Magenta New Caledonia 0–2 Fiji Ba
Report Vakatalesau Goal 19'
Zahid Goal 90+1'

10 April 2014
13:00
Ba Fiji 4–0 Vanuatu Tafea
Dunadamu Goal 48'51'
Rao Goal 83'
Nakama Goal 90'
Report
10 April 2014
16:00
Hekari United Papua New Guinea 2–2 New Caledonia Magenta
Dabingyaba Goal 51'
Muri Goal 65'
Report Kaï Goal 62'
Wajoka Goal 71'

13 April 2014
13:00
Tafea Vanuatu 1–3 New Caledonia Magenta
Kalo Goal 63' (pen.) Report Nicholls Goal 31'
Kaï Goal 45'
Gnipate Goal 81'
13 April 2014
16:00
Ba Fiji 1–1 Papua New Guinea Hekari United
Suwamy Goal 66' (pen.) Report Tanito Goal 37'

Ranking of second-placed teams[edit]

Group
Team Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
B New Zealand Auckland City 3 2 0 1 6 1 +5 6
A Solomon Islands Solomon Warriors 3 1 1 1 10 3 +7 4
C New Caledonia Magenta 3 1 1 1 5 5 0 4

Semi-finals[edit]

In the semi-finals, the four teams were divided into two ties. In each tie, the two teams played each other on a home-and-away two-legged basis. The winners advanced to the final. The first legs were played on 26 and 27 April 2014, and the second legs were played on 3 May 2014.[13]

First leg[edit]

26 April 2014
14:00 UTC+12
Auckland City New Zealand 3–0 French Polynesia Pirae
Tade Goal 36'90+3'
Moreira Goal 68'
Report

27 April 2014
13:00 UTC+12
Ba Fiji 1–2 Vanuatu Amicale
Suwamy Goal 11' Report Fred Goal 59'
Tangis Goal 60'

Second leg[edit]

Amicale won 2–1 on aggregate.


Auckland City won 4–2 on aggregate.

Final[edit]

In the final, the two teams played each other on a home-and-away two-legged basis. The draw to determine the order of two legs was held on 30 April 2014 at the OFC Headquarters in Auckland, New Zealand.[14] The first leg was played on 10 May 2014, and the second leg was played on 18 May 2014.[15]

First leg[edit]

Second leg[edit]

18 May 2014
14:00 UTC+12
Auckland City New Zealand 2–1 Vanuatu Amicale
De Vries Goal 67'
Tade Goal 87'
Report Tangis Goal 45+1'

Auckland City won 3–2 on aggregate.

Awards[edit]

Preliminary stage[16]
Award Player Team
Golden Ball New Zealand Byron Paulus Cook Islands Tupapa Maraerenga
Golden Boot New Zealand Adam Cowan Samoa Kiwi
Samoa Joseph Gaughan Samoa Kiwi
Golden Gloves American Samoa Taufaiula Mavaega American Samoa Pago Youth
Final stage (Group stage, Semi-finals, Final)[17]
Award Player Team
Golden Ball Argentina Emiliano Tade New Zealand Auckland City
Golden Boot French Polynesia Naea Bennett French Polynesia Pirae
Argentina Emiliano Tade New Zealand Auckland City
Golden Gloves Vanuatu Chikau Mansale Vanuatu Amicale
Fair Play Award Football fans of Vanuatu

Top goalscorers[edit]

Preliminary stage
Rank Player Team Goals
1 New Zealand Adam Cowan Samoa Kiwi 5
Samoa Joseph Gaughan Samoa Kiwi
3 New Zealand Sam Margetts Cook Islands Tupapa Maraerenga 4
Final stage (Group stage, Semi-finals, Final)
Rank Player Team Goals
1 French Polynesia Naea Bennett French Polynesia Pirae 6
Argentina Emiliano Tade New Zealand Auckland City
3 Solomon Islands Micah Lea'alafa Solomon Islands Solomon Warriors 4
Portugal João Moreira New Zealand Auckland City
Vanuatu Kensi Tangis Vanuatu Amicale
6 Vanuatu Dominique Fred Vanuatu Amicale 3
French Polynesia Raimana Li Fung Kuee French Polynesia Pirae
French Polynesia Jimmy Tepa French Polynesia Pirae
Serbia Nikola Vasilić Vanuatu Amicale

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "OFC Executive meeting outcomes announced". Oceania Football Confederation. November 23, 2013. 
  2. ^ a b "OFC Executive Committee decisions". Oceania Football Confederation. April 23, 2014. 
  3. ^ "Changes afoot for OFC Champions League". Oceania Football Confederation. June 24, 2013. 
  4. ^ "2014 Calendar of Events". Oceania Football Confederation. 
  5. ^ "OFC Champions League Preliminary dates set". Oceania Football Confederation. September 27, 2013. 
  6. ^ "Draw reveals route to Champions League". Oceania Football Confederation. October 8, 2013. 
  7. ^ "Heavy rain in Pago Pago leads to postponed match". Oceania Football Confederation. October 16, 2013. 
  8. ^ "CANCELLATION: Pago Youth vs. Lotoha'apai United". Oceania Football Confederation. October 20, 2013. 
  9. ^ "OFC Champions League Draw". Oceania Football Confederation. February 6, 2014. 
  10. ^ "2014 OFC Champions League Draw revealed". Oceania Football Confederation. February 7, 2014. 
  11. ^ "2014 OFC Champions League – Full schedule". Oceania Football Confederation. 
  12. ^ "Nadi withdrawn as OFC Champions League venue". Oceania Football Confederation. February 26, 2014. 
  13. ^ "OFC Champions League Media Accreditation". Oceania Football Confederation. April 23, 2014. 
  14. ^ "OFC Champions League Final venues take shape". Oceania Football Confederation. May 1, 2014. 
  15. ^ "Media Accreditation open for finals". Oceania Football Confederation. May 7, 2014. 
  16. ^ "Kiwi victory earns OFC Champions League berth". Oceania Football Confederation. October 20, 2013. 
  17. ^ "Auckland City comeback earns Morocco return". Oceania Football Confederation. May 18, 2014. 

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