2018 OFC Champions League qualifying stage

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The 2018 OFC Champions League qualifying stage was played from 20 to 26 January 2018.[1] A total of four teams competed in the qualifying stage to decide two of the 16 places in the group stage of the 2018 OFC Champions League.


The draw of the qualifying stage was held on 15 September 2017 at the OFC Headquarters in Auckland, New Zealand.[2] For the qualifying stage, the champions of the four developing associations were drawn from Pot A into each of the four positions 1–4 to determine the fixtures.[3]

Pot A


In the qualifying stage, the four teams played each other on a round-robin basis at a centralised venue.. The winners and runners-up advanced to the group stage to join the 14 direct entrants.

According to the group stage draw:[2]

  • The qualifying stage winners advanced to Group A.
  • The qualifying stage runners-up advanced to Group D.


The teams were ranked according to points (3 points for a win, 1 point for a draw, 0 points for a loss). If tied on points, tiebreakers were applied in the following order (Regulations Article 34):[citation needed]

  1. Goal difference in all group matches;
  2. Goals scored in all group matches;
  3. Points in head-to-head matches among tied teams;
  4. Goal difference in head-to-head matches among tied teams;
  5. Goals scored in head-to-head matches among tied teams;
  6. Disciplinary points;
  7. Coin toss or drawing of lots.


Qualifying stage matches were played between 20–26 January 2018 in Pago Pago, American Samoa.

The schedule was as follows.[1][4][5]

Matchday Dates Matches
Matchday 1 20 January 2018 Team 4 vs. Team 1, Team 2 vs. Team 3
Matchday 2 23 January 2018 Team 1 vs. Team 3, Team 4 vs. Team 2
Matchday 3 26 January 2018 Team 1 vs. Team 2, Team 3 vs. Team 4


All times were local, SST (UTC−11).[5]

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification TUP LUP VEI PAG
1 Cook Islands Tupapa Maraerenga 3 3 0 0 15 2 +13 9 Group stage 1–0
2 Samoa Lupe o le Soaga 3 2 0 1 19 2 +17 6 6–0
3 Tonga Veitongo 3 0 1 2 3 16 −13 1 2–9 1–1
4 American Samoa Pago Youth (H) 3 0 1 2 2 19 −17 1 0–5 1–13
Source: OFC
(H) Host.
Tupapa Maraerenga Cook Islands1–0Samoa Lupe o le Soaga
Veitongo Tonga1–1American Samoa Pago Youth

Veitongo Tonga2–9Cook Islands Tupapa Maraerenga
Pago Youth American Samoa1–13Samoa Lupe o le Soaga

Lupe o le Soaga Samoa6–0Tonga Veitongo
Pago Youth American Samoa0–5Cook Islands Tupapa Maraerenga


  1. ^ a b c The identity of the teams from Cook Islands, Samoa, and Tonga was not known at the time of the draw.


  1. ^ a b "Match Schedule 2018" (PDF). Oceania Football Confederation.
  2. ^ a b "Groups confirmed for Champions League". Oceania Football Confederation. 15 September 2017.
  3. ^ "2018 OFC CHAMPIONS LEAGUE DRAW". YouTube. 15 September 2017.
  4. ^ "OFC Champions League schedule revealed". Oceania Football Confederation. 11 January 2018.
  5. ^ a b "OFC Champions League 2018 Qualifier Match Schedule" (PDF). Oceania Football Confederation.

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