Auckland City face fixture shuffle as OFC Champions League tournament nears

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Northern League leaders Auckland City face a shuffle of fixtures as they prepare for the OFC Champions League to be played in August.

The Oceania Football Confederation has decided to stage the eight-club tournament in Auckland in mid-August to find the region’s champion club with qualification to the FIFA Club World Cup.

To clear the way for the OFC tournament, Auckland City have already begun seeking alternative dates for domestic fixtures, starting with their Northern League game against Eastern Suburbs.

It will move to Wednesday June 29 (7.30pm) and be played under lights at the Croatian Cultural Society.

On their website, City explained:

“The club will publish its new fixture list when it is confirmed with Oceania Football Confederation, New Zealand Football, Northern Regional Football and the clubs concerned.”

Navy Blues’ opponents in the OFC Champions League

Weekend games confirmed the remaining three qualifiers for the finals tournament, with Lae City, Central Coast and Galaxy winning two-legged ties.

The eight clubs to participate in the tournament are:

Auckland City (New Zealand)

AS Vénus (Tahiti) — runners-up 2020-21 Tahiti Ligue 1

Hienghène Sport (New Caledonia) — 2021 New Caledonia Super League champions

Nikao Sokattak (Cook Islands) — 2021 Cook Islands Round Cup champions

Rewa (Fiji) — runners-up 2021 Fiji Premier League

Lae City (Papua New Guinea) — 2021 PNG National Socer League champions

Central Coast (Solomon Islands) — 2021 Solomon Islands S–League champions

Galaxy (Vanuatu) — 2021 VFF National Super League champions

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