2006 OFC Club Championship

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2006 OFC Club Championship
Tournament details
Dates February 6, 2006 – May 21, 2006
Teams 11 (from 10 associations)
Final positions
Champions New Zealand Auckland City (1st title)
Runners-up French Polynesia Pirae
Tournament statistics
Matches played 22
Goals scored 96 (4.36 per match)
Top scorer(s) Solomon Islands Benjamin Totori 7 goals
2005
2007

The 2006 OFC Club Championship was the 5th edition of the top-level Oceanic club football tournament organized by the Oceania Football Confederation (OFC), and the last tournament before it was rebranded as the OFC Champions League. The qualifying round was held at Govind Park in Ba, Fiji, from 6 February until 10 February 2006, with the main competition taking place at the North Harbour Stadium in Albany, New Zealand from 10 May until 21 May 2006.

The tournament was the first of its kind to not have a representative from Australia competing, due to the nation's migration to the Asian Football Confederation, meaning the winners of the competition would for the first time be from a nation outside of Australia.

Australia's departure from the OFC meant that qualification for the 2006 FIFA Club World Cup was under question – in March 2006 it was reported that the Oceania champions would have to play a preliminary match against the J. League champions for a place in the main competition. However, later that month, it was announced that FIFA president Sepp Blatter had been unable to get the necessary support for the new format and as a result Oceania retained direct entry to 2006 FIFA Club World Cup. FIFA reviewed the format the following year.[1]

The winner of the tournament was Auckland City of New Zealand, who beat AS Pirae of Tahiti in the final.

Participants[edit]

Location of teams of the 2006 OFC Champions League.
Red pog.svg Automatic entrants
Blue pog.svg Preliminary round entrants

Automatic Entrants

Preliminary Round

Notes
  • Note 1: It is unclear why AS Pirae were the representatives from Tahiti, as the current domestic champions were AS Tefana.
  • Note 2: PanSa withdrew from the competition.

Preliminary round[edit]

A preliminary round was held to determine the 8th and final participant in the final. The format was a group stage, with each team playing each other once. The winner of the group would qualify for the main draw.

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
Fiji Nokia Eagles 3 2 1 0 7 2 5 7
Samoa Tuanaimato Breeze 3 1 1 1 4 4 0 4
Tonga Lotoha'apai 3 1 1 1 5 7 −2 4
Cook Islands Nikao Sokattack 3 0 1 2 2 5 −3 1

6 February 2006
Lotoha'apai Tonga 1–5 Fiji Nokia Eagles
Vaihu Goal 31' (Report) Tamanisau Goal 17'
Nawatu Goal 41'
Duguca Goal 59'
Sabutu Goal 81'88'
Govind Park, Ba, Fiji
Attendance: ?
Referee: ?

6 February 2006
Nikao Sokattack Cook Islands 1–2 Samoa Tuanaimato Breeze
Tisam Goal 15' (Report) Fa'aiuaso Goal 72'77'
Govind Park, Ba, Fiji
Attendance: ?
Referee: ?

8 February 2006
Nikao Sokattack Cook Islands 1–3 Tonga Lotoha'apai
Willis Goal 10' (Report) Moala Goal 54'
Makasini Goal 61'
Uhatahi Goal 67'
Govind Park, Ba, Fiji
Attendance: ?
Referee: ?

8 February 2006
Nokia Eagles Fiji 2–1 Samoa Tuanaimato Breeze
Tamanisau Goal 55'
Bolaitoga Goal 77'
(Report) Fa'aiuaso Goal 27'
Govind Park, Ba, Fiji
Attendance: ?
Referee: ?

10 February 2006
Lotoha'apai Tonga 1–1 Samoa Tuanaimato Breeze
Uhatahi Goal 85' (Report) Esau Goal 32'
Govind Park, Ba, Fiji
Attendance: ?
Referee: ?

10 February 2006
Nokia Eagles Fiji 0–0 Cook Islands Nikao Sokattack
(Report)
Govind Park, Ba, Fiji
Attendance: ?
Referee: ?

Final round[edit]

The eight remaining teams were separated into two groups, each team playing the other teams once. The top two teams from each group progress to the semi-finals. This Final Round was held in Albany, New Zealand.

Group A[edit]

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
New Zealand Auckland City 3 3 0 0 11 1 +10 9
French Polynesia Pirae 3 2 0 1 17 2 +15 6
Solomon Islands Marist 3 1 0 2 9 14 −5 3
Papua New Guinea Sobou 3 0 0 3 1 21 −20 0
Date Match Result
May 10 Marist – Pirae 1–10
May 10 Auckland City – Sobou 7–0
May 13 Auckland City – Marist 3–1
May 14 Pirae – Sobou 7–0
May 16 Sobou – Marist 1–7
May 16 Pirae – Auckland City 0–1

Group B[edit]

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
New Zealand YoungHeart Manawatu 3 1 2 0 8 5 +3 5
Fiji Nokia Eagles 3 1 1 1 6 3 +3 4
Vanuatu Tafea 3 1 1 1 4 7 -3 4
New Caledonia Magenta 3 1 0 2 1 4 -3 3

Match Schedule[edit]

Date Match Result
May 11 Magenta – Tafea 0–1
May 11 Nokia Eagles – YoungHeart Manawatu 2–2
May 13 Magenta – YoungHeart Manawatu 0–3
May 14 Tafea – Nokia Eagles 0–4
May 16 Tafea – YoungHeart Manawatu 3–3
May 16 Nokia Eagles – Magenta 0–1

Knockout Stage[edit]

Semi Finals[edit]

The top two teams from both groups progressed to the semifinals.

May 19, 2006
Auckland City New Zealand 9–1 Fiji Nokia Eagles
Sykes Goal 37'
Seaman Goal 52'
Jordan Goal 55'
Young Goal 61', Goal 62'
Hayne Goal 68'
Bunce Goal 84'
Little Goal 89', Goal 90'+
(Report) Tiwa Goal 17'
North Harbour Stadium, Albany, New Zealand
Attendance: ?
Referee: ?

May 19, 2006
YoungHeart Manawatu New Zealand 1–2 French Polynesia Pirae
Totori Goal 61' (Report) Hmae Goal 1'
Bennett Goal 8'
North Harbour Stadium, Albany, New Zealand
Attendance: ?
Referee: ?

Third Place Playoff[edit]

Final[edit]

May 21, 2006
Auckland City New Zealand 3–1 French Polynesia Pirae
Jordan Goal 23'41'63' (pen.) (Report) Fa'aiuaso Goal 84'

Auckland City are the 2006 Oceania Club Champions and qualify for the 2006 FIFA Club World Cup.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Maddaford, Terry (31 March 2006). "Soccer: Oceania winner retains direct entry to club champs". The New Zealand Herald. Retrieved 14 September 2011. 

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