OFC Champions League

Vanuatu football champions Amicale FC eye revenue boost

Vanuatu champions Amicale FC have previously criticised the $NZ10,000 entry fee imposed on teams and the decision to play the tournament in one central location, denying club's the chance to play at home and boost revenue.

RNZI reports from next year, a record 16 teams will take part in the group stage, in four groups being contested at four different venues, with the semis and final to be played home and away.

Amicale technical director Anthony Pisano said the chance to play in front of their home supporters is well overdue.

Late goals define Group A action in OFC Champions League

Had it not been for Joao Moreira’s belated intervention for the defending champions, both games would have ended in 1-1 draws and thrown Group A wide open. That goal could therefore prove crucial as Auckland will now be favourites to finish top, although Amicale can still do so if they beat the New Zealanders in the group’s all-important final game on Sunday.

Red mist mars goal-fest on 4th day

Attention returned to Group C on Match Day 4 at Auckland’s QBE Stadium and there was certainly much for those in attendance to mull over with both fixtures providing no shortage of talking points.

The tone of the action-packed day was set within minutes of the opening game, a typically feisty Francophone derby between New Caledonia’s AS Magenta and their Tahitian rivals AS Tefana, who finished the game with just nine players on the park.

Heavyweights join the action on Day 2

Team Wellington and Hekari United have been drawn into the same group for the second year running where they will be joined by Suva, a side desperate to improve on last year’s disappointing performance on home soil, and newcomers AS Lössi.

Pacific clubs want changes to the Oceania Champions League

Vanuatu club champions Amicale FC have recruited heavily from overseas, with six Italians, an Argentinian, a Brazilian, a Scot and two New Zealander joining the club's Solomon Island imports and local Vanuatu contingent.

RNZI reports they finished third three years ago and runners-up in 2014 but last year failed to make it out of the group phase.

OFC Champions League relayed live across the Pacific

The annual competition is bringing the region’s top 12 teams to Auckland to battle it out for the regional crown and a chance to qualify for the FIFA Club World Cup - and OFC TV will be there capturing all the action. 

The tournament gets underway on 8 April and coverage of this year’s event is a mix of live broadcasting and streaming.

Three chase title on final day

The equation for American Samoa champions Utulei Youth FC and host side Tupapa Maraerenga FC in Rarotonga, Cook Islands is simple – they need to win and hope that Kiwi lose to Veitongo FC.

From there it would likely come down to goal difference, with Tupapa holding a one goal advantage over Kiwi despite going down to them 2-1 on Match Day 2.

Tupapa coach Delaney Yaqona says they will try and put the calculations out of their minds and just focus on getting a result against Utulei.