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.

Draw[edit]

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

Format[edit]

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.

Tiebreakers[edit]

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.

Schedule[edit]

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

Matches[edit]

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
Report
Veitongo Tonga1–1American Samoa Pago Youth
Report

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

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

Notes[edit]

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

References[edit]

  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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