June 05, 2021
The OFC Champions League has been cancelled again due to the outbreak of COVID-19 in the Oceania region.
This decision by the Oceania Football Confederation means that it will be the second consecutive year that no winner of the Champions League will be crowned after last year’s competition had to be abandoned following the group stages due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
International travel within OFC’s Member Associations continues to pose significant risks to the health and welfare of the Pacific community.
OFC Executive Committee agreed to a range of changes to the football calendar after a number of options were explored for this year’s tournament however, border closures throughout the Pacific made it impossible to carry out any plan
A decision will be made on July 31 regarding which club will be nominated to represent Oceania at this year’s FIFA Club World Cup.
In other changes, the OFC U-19 Women’s Championship has been rescheduled for next April, OFC U-16 Women’s Championship will be moved to June 2022.
These OFC events will serve as the respective qualifying tournaments for next year’s FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup and FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup.
This year’s OFC Futsal Champions League that was due to be played in December has been cancelled.
The OFC Youth Development and OFC U-15 Boys Centre of Excellence tournaments have been postponed until later in the year with an eye to play them if smaller regional bubbles open up in the Pacific.
The Qualifying Stage for the OFC Champions League 2022 that was scheduled for October has been pushed into next year.
The Executive Committee also agreed on a range of proposals that will impact the 2022 football calendar.
In other 2022 amendments, the OFC U-19 Championship for men will be moved to August from July, OFC Futsal Champions League will be brought forward from December to October, and the Qualifying Stage for the OFC Champions League 2023 will be moved from December to 2023.
A handful of events for 2022 have been cancelled, including the OFC Youth Champions League and the OFC Futsal Youth Development tournament due to congestion in the football calendar.
By Romeka Romena