OFC Champions League
|Number of teams||
16 (group stage)|
(from 11 associations)
|Qualifier for||FIFA Club World Cup|
|Current champions||Team Wellington (1st title)|
|Most successful team(s)||Auckland City (9 titles)|
|2018 OFC Champions League|
The OFC Champions League, also known as the O-League, is the premier men's club football competition in Oceania. It is organized by the Oceania Football Confederation (OFC), Oceania's football governing body. It has been organized since 2007 under the current format, following its predecessor, the Oceania Club Championship. Eleven OFC Champions League titles have been won by teams from New Zealand, with Papua New Guinea being the only Pacific nation to have won the competition.
During the 2014–15 season, the tournament became sponsored by Fiji Airways, therefore renaming the competition as the Fiji Airways OFC Champions League. Trophies for OFC tournaments, made by London-based silversmiths Thomas Lyte, are awarded to winners.
- 1 History
- 2 Format
- 3 Records and statistics
- 4 See also
- 5 References
- 6 External links
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, the Oceania Club Championship was held in the Fijian cities of Nadi and Lautoka. Nine teams took part, with Australian side South Melbourne winning the trophy. They also qualified for the following year's FIFA Club World Cup. The next competition was held two years later, with an Australian team again winning the title. Wollongong Wolves won it, beating Vanuatu representative Tafea in the final. Two more editions were held under this name and format, with Sydney and Auckland City winning titles. OFC decided to change the competition format and name, so that since 2007 the competition is known as the OFC Champions League.
Oceania Club Championship
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.
OFC Champions League
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.
For the 2012–13 season O-League changed its format with the introduction of qualifying stage, with the champions of the four weakest leagues competing for a play-off spot with the representative of country with the worst record from the previous tournament. Later rather were also scheduling and format changes for the main tournament .That competition was played between March and May 2013 with introduction of semifinal stage and final played on neutral venue. First O-League one-legged final was played in Auckland, and was the first O-League final between two teams from the same country, with Auckland City defeating Waitakere United to win its 5th title.
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, and the winner entered the group stage.
Another change came in 2017 when group stage was expanded to 16 teams with whole competition being played in the same year (preliminary stage followed by group stage and later knock-out stage). Each of four groups was hosted by one of teams from the group meaning more countries and people included. Group winners qualified to semifinal. Semifinal and final were played on home-away basis. Following success of 2017 season, OFC added quarterfinal round for 2018 edition, meaning top two teams from each group qualified to knock-out stage.
Starting from 2014, both finalists of the OFC Champions League will also participate in the OFC President's Cup, an invitational tournament organized by the OFC. However, President's Cup was held only once.
It has been suggested[by whom?] that the Wellington Phoenix – a Wellington-based, Australian A-League club – 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.
Records and statistics
OFC Club Championship era
|Season||Winner||Score||Runner-up||Venue||Attendance||No. of Teams||No. of Associations|
||1 – 1
||Hindmarsh Stadium, Adelaide||3,500||9||9|
||5 – 1||Nadi
||Prince Charles Park, Nadi||10,000||9||9|
||1 – 0||Tafea
||Lloyd Robson Stadium, Port Moresby||3,000||11||11|
||2 – 0||AS Magenta
||Stade Pater, Papeete||4,000||13||12|
||3 – 1||AS Pirae
||North Harbour Stadium, Auckland||2,000||11||10|
OFC Champions League era
Performance by club
|Team||Winners||Runners-up||Winning Years||Years Runners-up|
|Auckland City||9||—||2006, 2009, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017||—|
|Waitakere United||2||2||2007, 2008||2010, 2013|
|Team Wellington||1||3||2018||2015, 2016, 2017|
Performance by country
|Papua New Guinea||1||—|
All-time table (Top 10 Clubs)
|1||Auckland City (13)||75||53||14||8||211||65||+146||173|
|2||Waitakere United (8)||48||25||12||11||99||57||+42||87|
|5||Hekari United (8)||39||16||9||14||67||58||+9||57|
|9||Team Wellington (3)||8||7||0||1||34||14||+20||21|
|10||Wollongong Wolves (1)||7||7||0||0||43||2||+41||21|
Number in brackets show number of participations.
All-time table (Countries)
|6||Papua New Guinea||64||24||10||30||109||145||−36||82|
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- "Past tournaments". oceaniafootball.com. Archived from the original on 28 April 2012. Retrieved 17 April 2012.
- "Oceania Club Cups - Overview File". RSSSF. Retrieved 17 April 2012.