October 10, 2021
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Reshaped format for OFC Champs League

The 2022 Oceania Football Confederation (OFC) Champions League will be played under a reshaped format.

The OFC Executive Committee this week agreed to change that comes in response to the ongoing issues presented by the COVID-19 pandemic.

The revamped OFC Champions League 2022 will involve 18 teams through the qualifying stage, which will be made up of a qualifying tournament and separate national playoffs.

The national league winner from American Samoa, Cook Islands, Samoa and Tonga will contest a centralised qualifying tournament at a yet to be decided venue, with the winner joining the seven national playoff winners from the remaining Member Associations in the finals of the OFC Champions League 2022.

The national playoffs will see the top two nominated teams from Fiji, New Zealand, New Caledonia, Tahiti, Solomon Islands, Vanuatu and Papua New Guinea play each other in a winner-takes-all match staged in their own country, with the winner advancing to the finals.

OFC General Secretary Franck Castillo said the new format for the OFC Champions League 2022 keeps travel around the region to a minimum, while at the same time still giving the leading clubs from our Member Associations a fair chance to play against the best of their peers.

By Reginald Chandar

 


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