OFC Champions League
|Number of teams||8 (group stage)
|Current champions||Auckland City FC|
|Most successful team(s)||Auckland City FC (5 Titles)|
|2013–14 OFC Champions League|
The OFC Champions League, also known as the O-League, is the premier football competition in Oceania. It is organized by the OFC, Oceania's football governing body. It has been organized since 2007 under the current format, following its predecessor, the Oceania Club Championship. Five O-League titles have been won by teams from New Zealand and one was won by a team from another country, Papua New Guinea champion Hekari United, who won the competition in the 2009-2010 season by defeating New Zealand team Waitakere United and also becoming the first Pacific team to have won it.
- 1 The Oceania Club Championship
- 2 Format
- 3 Winners and runners up
- 4 Statistics
- 5 Clubs records
- 5.1 Club Championship era
- 5.2 Champions League era
- 5.2.1 Biggest win
- 5.2.2 Highest scoring game
- 5.2.3 Most goals scored in a season
- 5.2.4 Most goals conceded in a season
- 5.2.5 Most games won in row
- 5.2.6 Most games lost in row
- 5.2.7 Most games without losing
- 5.2.8 Most games without winning
- 5.2.9 Most games played
- 5.2.10 Most goals scored
- 5.2.11 Most games with goal scored in a row
- 5.2.12 Most goals conceded
- 5.2.13 Most games with goal conceded in a row
- 6 Players records
- 7 See also
- 8 References
- 9 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 Oceania Club Championship was held in Fijian cities of Nadi and Lautoka. Nine teams took part, with Australian side South Melbourne won the trophy. They also qualified to next year's FIFA Club World Cup.
Next competition was held two years later, with again Australian team winning the title. Wollongong Wolves won it, beating Vanuatu representative Tafea in final.
Two more editions were held under this name and format, with Sydney and Auckland City winning titles.
OFC decided to change competition format, and name, so next edition will be known as OFC Champions League
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 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.
Since 2012-13 season O-League changed its format. At first, we saw introduction of qualifying stage, with champions of four weakest leagues compete for a play-off spot with the representative of country with worst record from previous edition of the O-League, and later we saw schedule and format change for main tournament too. It was decided that competition will be played between March and May 2013 with introduction of semifinal stage and final played on neutral venue. First O-League one-legged final will be played in Auckland.
It has been suggested that the Wellington based Australian A League club, the Wellington Phoenix, 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.
|1 – 1 a.e.t (4–1 pen)||Mount Wellington
|South Melbourne FC
|5 – 1||Nadi F.C.
|1 – 0||Tafea F.C.
Papua New Guinea
|2 – 0||AS Magenta
|Auckland City FC
|3 – 1||AS Pirae
- As of the 2012-13 season,the final is played over one leg at a predetermined venue
|Auckland City FC||2||6||5||0|
|Napier City Rovers||1||0||0||0|
|Foodtown Warriors Labasa||1||0||0||0|
|Port Vila Sharks||0||1||0||0|
1 teams from these nations start from Preliminary round from season 2012-13 on
2 Australia is no longer OFC member
- Central United beat Lotoha'apai 16-0
- Wollongong Wolves beat Lotoha'apai 16-0 (2001)
- Malaita Eagles - Konica 14-2 (1999)
- Central United - Lotoha'apai 16-0 (1999)
- Lotoha'apai - Wollongong Wolves 0-16 (2001)
- Wollongong Wolves scored 43 goals in 7 games (2001)
- Lotoha'apai conceded 42 goals in 5 games (2001)
- Wollongong Wolves won 7 games in a row; they won in all games they played in this competition
- Lotoha'apai lost 10 games in a row
- Wollongong Wolves in 7 games
- Lotoha'apai in 10 games
- Tafea played 18 games
All games counted as both preliminary and main tournament stages were held together and at same place.
- Waitakere United - Tefana 10-0 (2011-2012)
- Auckland City - Mont-Dore 12-2 (2012-2013)
- Auckland City - Mont-Dore 12-2 (2012-2013)
- Auckland City scored 25 goals (2012-2013)
- Mont-Dore conceded 26 goals (2012-2013)
- Auckland City won 9 games in a row; started on 21 February 2011, ended on 31 March 2012
- Mont-Dore lost 8 games in a row; started on 3 December 2011, ended on 23 April 20131,2
- Auckland City in 27 games; started on 20 February 2008, ended on 4 March 2012)
- Mont-Dore in 16 games; never won a game, 0-2-14 record1,2
- Auckland City and Waitakere United played 43 games each; only teams to take part in each Champions League edition
- Auckland City scored 119 goals
- Auckland City scored at least one goal in 27 games in a row; started on 28 March 2008, ended on 31 March 2012
- Waitakere United conceded 53 goals
- Mont-Dore conceded at least one goal in 16 games in a row; conceded in each game they played
1only Group stage and Semifinal/Final games counted as for all other records, no Preliminary stage counted as it was not played on regular basis
2Mont-Dore actually won Preliminary stage Play-off round game, but not counted as stated above
last updated on 19 May 2013
- Sasho Petrovski scored 17 goals; 13 for Wollongong Wolves, 4 for Sydney FC
- Sasho Petrovski scored 7 goals for Wollongong Wolves in 16-0 win over Lotha'apai (2001)
- Sasho Petrovski scored 13 goals for Wollongong Wolves (2001)
- Roy Krishna scored 17 goals; all for Waitakere United
- Roy Krishna scored 5 goals for Waitakere United in 10-0 win over Tefana (2011-2012)
- Sanni Issa scored 9 goals for Ba (2012-2013)
Last updated on 19 May 2013.