Auckland United turn to the big screen for OFC Women’s Champions League

National women’s champions Auckland United are going to the movies to help raise the $140,000 needed to get them to the OFC Women’s Champions League.

The club will host a fundraiser event at The Capitol cinema in Balmoral, Auckland, at 6.30pm on Sunday February 25.

On the big screen will be Next Goal Wins, the Taika Waititi-directed feature film about the American Samoan football team’s infamous 31-0 loss to Australia in 2001, and their efforts to repair their reputation.

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Tickets cost $25 and proceeds from the movie night will help United raise money needed to get their squad to the Oceania tournament in the Solomon Islands, from March 10-23, 2024.

Flight schedules and the need to arrive in Honiara in advance means the United squad and support staff will be away from New Zealand from March 5 till March 25.

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The club has most of the money it needs but has launched a givealittle page to raise the rest.

How to help

Click on the following link to visit Auckland United’s givealittle page:

OFC Women’s Champions League

Auckland United’s first game at the eight-club tournament is on Monday March 11, when they play Fiji’s Labasa at East End Stadium.

The club earned the right to represent New Zealand at the 2024 OFC tournament by winning the Women’s National League grand final against Southern United in November.

Main photo: Auckland United’s starting line-up for the grand final of the National Women’s League. Photo: Shane Wenzlick / Phototek.

They will become the first New Zealand club to compete in the OFC Women’s Champions League after the withdrawal of Eastern Suburbs from the inaugural event in 2023.

It is expected that results at OFC Women’s Champions League tournaments will determine which clubs will qualify to represent Oceania at future FIFA Women’s World Cup competitions.

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