Wellington Olympic or Auckland City have been drawn to play clubs from Solomon Islands, Papua New Guinea and Fiji in their group at May’s OFC Men’s Champions League.
The two New Zealand clubs will meet in a home-and-away two-legged play-off to decide who will represent New Zealand at the OFC tournament in Papeete, Tahiti, from May 11-24, 2024.
The matches will be played in February/March.
Similar play-offs are being held in the Oceania region to determine other qualifying clubs to take part in the eight-club tournament.
The draw for May’s tournament was made by Henry Fa’arodo, an OFC Men’s Champions League winner with Hekari United in 2010, and hosted by MC/broadcaster Andrew Dewhurst at the OFC Home of Football Te Kahu O Kiwa, in Auckland.
Main photo: Henry Fa’arodo draws New Zealand in Group A. Photo credit: OFC.
The winners of the OFC Men’s Champions League will qualify to represent Oceania at a new annual FIFA club competition, the FIFA Intercontinental Cup.
The first staging of the six-club tournament will be in December.
- Solomon Islands Warriors or Central Coast (Solomon Islands)
- Hekari United or Port Moresby Strikers (Papua New Guinea)
- Latoka or Rewa (Fiji)
- Auckland City or Wellington Olympic (New Zealand)
- AS Tefana v AS Pirae (Tahiti)
- Qualifying stage winner (see below)
- Ifira Black Bird v Classic (Vanuatu)
- AS Magenta or ASC Gaïca (New Caledonia)
OFC Men’s Champions League — qualifying stage draw
Four teams will meet in a round-robin competition to determine who fills the slot in Group B in Tahiti.
- Vaiala Tonga FC (American Samoa)
- Tupapa Maraerenga FC (Cook Islands)
- Vaivase-Tai FC (Samoa)
- Veitongo FC (Tonga)
Here’s how the draw took place:
OFC Women’s Champions League
Meanwhile, the draw has been completed for the OFC Women’s Champions League to be held in the Solomon Islands in March.