The Grand Final of the Women’s National League between Auckland United and Southern United will decide which club will represent New Zealand at next year’s OFC Women’s Champions League.
The Oceania Football Confederation has confirmed the winner at Auckland’s Go Media Stadium Mt Smart will gain automatic entry to the tournament.
Dates and venue for the OFC tournament are yet to be announced.
The inaugural OFC Women’s Champions League was held in Papua New Guinea in June 2023, and was contested by five clubs.
Main photo: The 2023 OFC Women’s Champions League was decided in a 10-match tournament at the Sir Hubert Murray Stadium, Port Vila. Photo: Shane Wenzlick / Phototek.
New Caledonia’s AS Academy Féminine won the OFC title, winning all of their four games.
New Zealand’s Eastern Suburbs had qualified for the tournament as the winner of last December’s Women’s National League, but they withdrew in May, citing concerns over costs, timing and security.
Of the withdrawal, OFC says: “The matter has been referred to the independent Ethics and Disciplinary committee.”
A decision has yet to be announced.
June’s OFC tournament drew praise from FIFA who are expected to announce plans to launch a FIFA Women’s Club World Cup, possibly in 2025.
The OFC Women’s Championship is expected to provide the pathway for the region’s clubs to qualify for the Club World Cup, in a similar way to how the men’s competitions work.
Women’s National League Grand Final
Game to be played on Sunday November 25, 2023
Auckland United v Southern United
Go Media Stadium, Auckland, 4pm
Tickets for the Grand Final
Tickets for the National League finals are on sale for $10pp but are free to members of NZ Football’s Whānau mailing list, and to U-16s.
By subscribing to NZF’s Football Whānau mailing list, you will receive news and offers, such as the promotion code enabling you to access your complimentary tickets to the Grand Finals.
The women’s Grand Final will follow the men’s Grand Final between Auckland City and Wellington, which kicks off at 1pm.
Tickets cover both matches.
On Saturday November 25, the Wellington Phoenix play a men’s and women’s A-League double header at Go Media Stadium. See below for ticket links.