2014 OFC U-20 Championship

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2014 OFC U-20 Championship
OFC U-20 Championship.svg
Tournament details
Host country Fiji
City Suva
Dates 23–31 May
Teams (from 1 confederation)
Venue(s) (in 1 host city)
Final positions
Champions  Fiji (1st title)
Runners-up  Vanuatu
Third place  New Caledonia
Fourth place  Solomon Islands
Tournament statistics
Matches played 15
Goals scored 55 (3.67 per match)
Top scorer(s) Solomon Islands Atkin Kaua
(5 goals)
Best player Vanuatu Jacky Ruben
Best goalkeeper Fiji Misiwani Nairube
Fair play award  Solomon Islands
2013
2016

The 2014 OFC U-20 Championship was the 12th edition of the biennial international youth football tournament organized by the Oceania Football Confederation (OFC) for players aged 19 and below (despite the name remaining as U-20 Championship). The tournament was held in Fiji from 23 to 31 May 2014.[1]

Despite the name remaining as U-20 Championship, the age limit was reduced by a year to 19 years of age. So players who want to participate in the tournament needed to be born on or after 1 January 1995. At an OFC Executive Committee meeting held at its Auckland headquarters in November 2013 the competition format was modified. The competition was brought forward a year and the age limit was lowered to 19 years of age. The changes were made in order to allow the winner of the competition plenty of time for preparation and player development for up-and-coming World Cups at Under 20 level.[2]

Hosts Fiji won the tournament and qualified for the 2015 FIFA U-20 World Cup in New Zealand. New Zealand, who were the title holders but did not play, automatically qualified for the 2015 FIFA U-20 World Cup as hosts, so two teams will represent the OFC in the 2015 FIFA U-20 World Cup.

Participating teams[edit]

Six teams participated in the tournament.[1]

Squads[edit]

For more details on this topic, see 2014 OFC U-20 Championship squads.

Officials[edit]

Seven referees and eight assistant referees were named for the tournament.

Venues[edit]

Group stage[edit]

The group stage fixtures were announced on 7 May 2014, with the games scheduled as a round-robin tournament.[3]

Team Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
 Fiji 5 4 1 0 13 3 +10 13
 Vanuatu 5 3 2 0 11 4 +7 11
 New Caledonia 5 3 0 2 17 5 +12 9
 Solomon Islands 5 1 1 3 7 7 0 4
 Papua New Guinea 5 1 1 3 6 13 −7 4
 American Samoa 5 0 1 4 1 23 −22 1

23 May 2014
14:30 UTC+12
American Samoa  0–4  Fiji
Report Waqa Goal 15'
Dreola Goal 24'
Tuivuna Goal 30'
Nabenia Goal 45+3'

25 May 2014
19:30 UTC+12
Fiji  2–0  New Caledonia
Nabenia Goal 47'
Tuivuna Goal 65' (pen.)
Report

27 May 2014
14:30 UTC+12
Fiji  3–0  Papua New Guinea
Sahib Goal 43'
Toma Goal 55'
Waqa Goal 76'
Report

27 May 2014
19:30 UTC+12
American Samoa  0–4  Vanuatu
Report Kalo Goal 15'
Saniel Goal 41'
Kalsong Goal 56'67'

29 May 2014
14:30 UTC+12
Solomon Islands  5–0  American Samoa
Bakale Goal 22'
Kaua Goal 35'47'77'
Rangosulia Goal 90+1'
Report

29 May 2014
17:00 UTC+12
Vanuatu  2–2  Fiji
Kalo Goal 22'
Iawak Goal 57'
Report Chand Goal 25'
Dreloa Goal 40'

29 May 2014
19:30 UTC+12
Papua New Guinea  1–5  New Caledonia
Awele Goal 82' Report Waru Goal 7'70'
Athale Goal 41'
Nemia Goal 53'
Nyikeine Goal 77'

31 May 2014
14:30 UTC+12
New Caledonia  9–0  American Samoa
Wathiepel Goal 9'
Jalabert Goal 23'
Athale Goal 35'
Nykeine Goal 38'50'
Oiremoin Goal 68'74'85'
Ouka Goal 77'
Report

31 May 2014
17:00 UTC+12
Papua New Guinea  2–4  Vanuatu
Donna Goal 15' (o.g.)
Awele Goal 62'
Report Kalsong Goal 42'63'
Kaltak Goal 89'90+3'

31 May 2014
19:30 UTC+12
Fiji  2–1  Solomon Islands
Chand Goal 25'
Naidu Goal 26'
Report Kaua Goal 9'

Awards[edit]

The Golden Ball Award is awarded to the most outstanding player of the tournament. The Golden Glove Award is awarded to the best goalkeeper of the tournament. The Golden Boot Award is awarded to the top scorer of the tournament. The Fair Play Award is awarded to the team with the best disciplinary record at the tournament.[4]

Award Recipient
Golden Ball Vanuatu Jacky Ruben
Golden Glove Fiji Misiwani Nairube
Golden Boot Solomon Islands Atkin Kaua (5 goals)
Fair Play Award Solomon Islands Solomon Islands

Goalscorers[edit]

5 goals
4 goals
3 goals
2 goals
1 goals
Own goal

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Fiji to host U-20 World Cup Qualifying Tournament". Fiji One TV. 10 March 2014. Retrieved 11 April 2014. 
  2. ^ "OFC Executive meeting outcomes announced". Oceania Football Confederation. 2013-11-23. Retrieved 2013-12-19. 
  3. ^ "Pathway to FIFA U-20 World Cup 2015 revealed". 7 May 2014. Retrieved 7 May 2014. 
  4. ^ "Fiji create football history". OFC. June 1, 2014. 

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