OFC Champions League

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OFC Champions League
Ofc-champions-league-logo-(2013).png
Founded 1987
Region Oceania (OFC)
Number of teams 12 (group stage)
15 (total)
Current champions New Zealand Auckland City FC
Most successful team(s) New Zealand Auckland City FC (6 Titles)
2013–14 OFC Champions League

The OFC Champions League, also known as the O-League, is the premier football competition in Oceania. It is organized by the OFC, Oceania's football governing body. It has been organized since 2007 under the current format, following its predecessor, the Oceania Club Championship. Five O-League titles have been won by teams from New Zealand and one was won by a team from another country, Papua New Guinea champion Hekari United, who won the competition in the 2009-2010 season by defeating New Zealand team Waitakere United and also becoming the first Pacific team to have won it.

The Oceania Club Championship[edit]

At first, this competition was played as a single playoff match between champions of New Zealand and Australia. That competition was held in 1987 and Adelaide City won the inaugural season.
Then 12 years pause came, until OFC organized next, all Oceania cup. In January 1999 Oceania Club Championship was held in Fijian cities of Nadi and Lautoka. Nine teams took part, with Australian side South Melbourne won the trophy. They also qualified to next year's FIFA Club World Cup.
Next competition was held two years later, with again Australian team winning the title. Wollongong Wolves won it, beating Vanuatu representative Tafea in final.
Two more editions were held under this name and format, with Sydney and Auckland City winning titles.
OFC decided to change competition format, and name, so next edition will be known as OFC Champions League

Format[edit]

Oceania Club Championship[edit]

The Oceania Club Championship was played on one or two venues, in one host country. It was played with two or three groups with single round-robin format, semifinals and final. It usually lasted about 10 days, with matches being played every 2 days.

Oceania Champions League[edit]

OFC decided to change competition format, to make its main competition more interesting and more important to competing clubs.

The first two seasons saw competition with two groups of three teams each, and from the third edition onwards it consists of two groups of four teams each. Group winners progress to the final, played in double playoff format, with the winner taking the title. Unlike its previous format, O-League lasts more than a half year, starting in October and ending next year, in April. The O-League winner qualifies to FIFA Club World Cup, entering the competition in playoff round.

Since 2012-13 season O-League changed its format. At first, we saw introduction of qualifying stage, with champions of four weakest leagues compete for a play-off spot with the representative of country with worst record from previous edition of the O-League, and later we saw schedule and format change for main tournament too. It was decided that competition will be played between March and May 2013 with introduction of semifinal stage and final played on neutral venue. First O-League one-legged final will be played in Auckland.

OFC Champions League saw another change for 2013-14 season with group stage played on pre-determined location with semifinal and final played on home and away basis. Fiji was selected as host. Preliminary stage was played six months before group stage.

Future[edit]

It has been suggested that the Wellington based Australian A League club, the Wellington Phoenix, should take part in the O-League. This is unlikely to happen because, despite being based in New Zealand, the Wellington Phoenix are technically an Australian team. Their players are all registered with Football Federation Australia which is part of the Asian Football Confederation.

Winners and runners up[edit]

Past winners are:[1][2]

Oceania Club Championship/Oceania Champions Cup Finals[edit]

Season Winner Score Runner-up Tournament Venue
1987
Details
Adelaide City
Australia
Australia
1 – 1 a.e.t (4–1 pen) Mount Wellington
New Zealand
New Zealand
Adelaide
Australia
Australia
1999
Details
South Melbourne FC
Australia
Australia
5 – 1 Nadi F.C.
Fiji
Fiji
Nadi/Lautoka
Fiji
Fiji
2000–01
Details
Wollongong Wolves
Australia
Australia
1 – 0 Tafea F.C.
Vanuatu
Vanuatu
Port Moresby
Papua New Guinea
Papua New Guinea
2004–05
Details
Sydney FC
Australia
Australia
2 – 0 AS Magenta
New Caledonia
New Caledonia
Papeete
French Polynesia
French Polynesia
2006
Details
Auckland City FC
New Zealand
New Zealand
3 – 1 AS Pirae
French Polynesia
French Polynesia
Albany
New Zealand
New Zealand

Oceania Champions League[edit]

Season Winner Score Runner-up First leg Second leg Teams
2007
Details
Waitakere United
New Zealand
New Zealand
2–2 (a) 4R Electrical Ba
Fiji
Fiji
1–2
Govind Park, Ba, Fiji
1–0
Mt Smart Stadium, Auckland, New Zealand
6
2007–08
Details
Waitakere United
New Zealand
New Zealand
6–3 Kossa FC
Solomon Islands
Solomon Islands
1–3
Lawson Tama Stadium, Honiara, Solomon Islands
5–0
Trusts Stadium, Waitakere City, New Zealand
9
2008–09
Details
Auckland City FC
New Zealand
New Zealand
9–4 Koloale FC Honiara
Solomon Islands
Solomon Islands
7–2
Lawson Tama Stadium, Honiara, Solomon Islands
2–2
Kiwitea Street, Auckland, New Zealand
8
2009–10
Details
PRK Hekari United
Papua New Guinea
Papua New Guinea
4–2 Waitakere United
New Zealand
New Zealand
3–0
PMRL Stadium, Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea
1–2
Fred Taylor Park, Auckland, New Zealand
8
2010–11
Details
Auckland City FC
New Zealand
New Zealand
6–1 Amicale FC
Vanuatu
Vanuatu
2–1
Port Vila Municipal Stadium, Port Vila, Vanatu
4–0
Kiwitea Street, Auckland, New Zealand
8
2011–12
Details
Auckland City FC
New Zealand
New Zealand
3–1 Tefana
French Polynesia
Tahiti
2–1
Kiwitea Street, Auckland, New Zealand
1–0
Stade Louis Ganivet, Faaa, French Polynesia
8
2012–13
Details
Auckland City FC
New Zealand
New Zealand
2–1 Waitakere United
New Zealand
New Zealand
Mount Smart Stadium, Auckland, New Zealand
(single-match final at a predetermined venue)
12
2013–14
Details
Auckland City FC
New Zealand
New Zealand
3–2 Amicale FC
Vanuatu
Vanuatu
1–1
Port Vila Municipal Stadium, Port Vila, Vanatu
2–1
Kiwitea Street, Auckland, New Zealand
15

Performances[edit]

By team[edit]

Team Winners Runner-up Years won
New Zealand Auckland City 6 0 2006, 2008–09, 2010–11, 2011–12, 2012–13, 2013–14
New Zealand Waitakere United 2 2 2007, 2007–08
Papua New Guinea Hekari United 1 0 2009–10
Australia Sydney FC 1 0 2004–05
Australia Wollongong Wolves 1 0 2000–01
Australia South Melbourne 1 0 1999
Australia Adelaide City 1 0 1987
Vanuatu Amicale 0 2
French Polynesia Tefana 0 1
Solomon Islands Koloale 0 1
Solomon Islands Kossa 0 1
Fiji Ba 0 1
French Polynesia Pirae 0 1
New Caledonia Magenta 0 1
Vanuatu Tafea 0 1
Fiji Nadi 0 1
New Zealand University-Mount Wellington 0 1

By country[edit]

Team Winners Runner-up
 New Zealand 8 3
 Australia 4 0
 Papua New Guinea 1 0
 Vanuatu 0 3
 Tahiti 0 2
 Fiji 0 2
 Solomon Islands 0 2
 New Caledonia 0 1

Australia is no longer an OFC member.

Statistics[edit]

Nation Team Appearances Winner Runner-up
Champions Cup O-League
New Zealand Auckland City FC 2 7 6 0
Waitakere United 0 7 2 2
U-Mount Wellington 1 0 0 1
Central United 1 0 0 0
Napier City Rovers 1 0 0 0
YoungHeart Manawatu 1 0 0 0
Solomon Islands Koloale 0 3 0 1
KOSSA 0 1 0 1
Marist 1 2 0 0
Laugu 1 0 0 0
Makuru 1 0 0 0
Malaita Eagles 1 0 0 0
Solomon Warriors 0 2 0 0
Fiji Ba 1 6 0 1
Nadi 1 1 0 1
Lautoka 0 2 0 0
Foodtown Warriors Labasa 1 0 0 0
Nokia Eagles 1 0 0 0
French Polynesia Manu-Ura 1 2 0 0
Pirae 2 1 0 1
Venus 2 0 0 0
Tefana 0 2 0 1
Temanava 1 1 0 0
Dragon 0 2 0 0
Papua New Guinea Hekari United 0 6 1 0
Sobou 2 0 0 0
Unitech 1 0 0 0
University Inter 0 1 0 0
Vanuatu Tafea 4 3 0 1
Amicale 0 4 0 2
Port Vila Sharks 0 1 0 0
New Caledonia Magenta 2 3 0 1
Mont-Dore 1 3 0 0
Baco 0 1 0 0
Samoa1 Tuinaimato 2 0 0 0
Kiwi Club 1 1 0 0
Titavi 1 0 0 0
American Samoa1 Konica 1 0 0 0
PanSa 1 0 0 0
Cook Islands1 Nikao Sokattack 1 0 0 0
Tupapa Maraerenga 1 0 0 0
Tonga1 Lotoha'apai 4 0 0 0
Australia2 Adelaide City 1 0 1 0
South Melbourne 1 0 1 0
Wollongong Wolves 1 0 1 0
Sydney 1 0 1 0

Notes

1 teams from these nations start from Preliminary round from season 2012-13 on
2 Australia is no longer OFC member
Last updated in April 2014

Clubs records[edit]

Club Championship era[edit]

Biggest win[edit]

  • Central United beat Lotoha'apai 16-0
  • Wollongong Wolves beat Lotoha'apai 16-0 (2001)

Highest scoring game[edit]

  • Malaita Eagles - Konica 14-2 (1999)
  • Central United - Lotoha'apai 16-0 (1999)
  • Lotoha'apai - Wollongong Wolves 0-16 (2001)

Most goals scored in a season[edit]

  • Wollongong Wolves scored 43 goals in 7 games (2001)

Most goals conceded in a season[edit]

  • Lotoha'apai conceded 42 goals in 5 games (2001)

Most games won in row[edit]

  • Wollongong Wolves won 7 games in a row; they won in all games they played in this competition

Most games lost in row[edit]

  • Lotoha'apai lost 10 games in a row

Most games without losing[edit]

  • Wollongong Wolves in 7 games

Most games without winning[edit]

  • Lotoha'apai in 10 games

Most games played[edit]

  • Tafea played 18 games

NOTES
All games counted as both preliminary and main tournament stages were held together and at same place.

Champions League era[edit]

Biggest win[edit]

  • Waitakere United - Tefana 10-0 (2011-2012)
  • Auckland City - Mont-Dore 12-2 (2012-2013)

Highest scoring game[edit]

  • Auckland City - Mont-Dore 12-2 (2012-2013)

Most goals scored in a season[edit]

  • Auckland City scored 25 goals (2012-2013)

Most goals conceded in a season[edit]

  • Mont-Dore conceded 26 goals (2012-2013)

Most games won in row[edit]

  • Auckland City won 9 games in a row; started on 21 February 2011, ended on 31 March 2012

Most games lost in row[edit]

  • Mont-Dore lost 8 games in a row; started on 3 December 2011, ended on 23 April 20131,2

Most games without losing[edit]

  • Auckland City in 27 games; started on 20 February 2008, ended on 4 March 2012)

Most games without winning[edit]

  • Mont-Dore in 16 games; never won a game, 0-2-14 record1,2

Most games played[edit]

  • Auckland City played 48 games

Most goals scored[edit]

  • Auckland City scored 129 goals

Most games with goal scored in a row[edit]

  • Auckland City scored at least one goal in 27 games in a row; started on 28 March 2008, ended on 31 March 2012

Most goals conceded[edit]

  • Waitakere United conceded 57 goals

Most games with goal conceded in a row[edit]

  • Mont-Dore conceded at least one goal in 16 games in a row; conceded in each game they played

NOTES
1only Group stage and Semifinal/Final games counted as for all other records, no Preliminary stage counted as it was not played on regular basis
2Mont-Dore actually won Preliminary stage Play-off round game, but not counted as stated above
last updated on 6 May 2014

Players records[edit]

Club Championship era[edit]

Most goals scored[edit]

  • Sasho Petrovski scored 17 goals; 13 for Wollongong Wolves, 4 for Sydney FC

Most goals scored in a single game[edit]

  • Sasho Petrovski scored 7 goals for Wollongong Wolves in 16-0 win over Lotha'apai (2001)

Most goals scored in a season[edit]

  • Sasho Petrovski scored 13 goals for Wollongong Wolves (2001)

Champions League era[edit]

Most goals scored[edit]

  • Roy Krishna scored 17 goals; all for Waitakere United

Most goals scored in a single game[edit]

  • Roy Krishna scored 5 goals for Waitakere United in 10-0 win over Tefana (2011-2012)

Most goals scored in a season[edit]

  • Sanni Issa scored 9 goals for Ba (2012-2013)

Top five goalscorers[edit]

Position Player Goals
1 Fiji Roy Krishna 17
2 Croatia Daniel Koprivcic 16
3 Papua New Guinea Kema Jack 15
Spain Manel Expósito
5 New Zealand Allan Pearce 14
Solomon Islands Benjamin Totori

NOTES
Last updated on 9 April 2014.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Past tournaments". oceaniafootball.com. Retrieved 17 April 2012. 
  2. ^ "Oceania Club Cups - Overview File". RSSSF. Retrieved 17 April 2012. 

External links[edit]