OFC announces new calendar changes

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The Oceania Football Confederation (OFC) Executive Committee reached an agreement to change the tournament calendar for 2020 and 2021 due to COVID-19 pandemics as the borders of Oceanian countries remain closed or have extremely limited access.

It was reported by the Confederation that they are going to submit a proposal to FIFA for the rescheduled World Cup qualifiers. The qualifiers were initially scheduled to kick-off in the next month but this new proposal will change the kick-off date to March 2021.

The eleven Member Associations would be split in two groups based on their FIFA Ranking and the matches would be played in March and June. The top two teams from each group would advance to the semi-finals in September and then a final would be played in October. The winner of the regional qualifiers would go for an interconfederation play-off in June 2022.

As it was previously reported, there is a schedule proposal being discussed for 2020 OFC Champions League knockout stage. A further decision regarding the Champions League, including when and where a potential finals tournament would take place, will be made by the Executive Committee on August 31.

It is important to remember that the 2020 OFC Nations Cup was previously cancelled due to COVID-19 situation. OFC also announced that other tournaments were postponed while some were cancelled as you can check in the list below:
OFC U-19 Championship 2020: Rescheduled to January 2021 (Hosts: Samoa)
OFC U-16 Championship 2020: Rescheduled to April 2021 (Hosts: Fiji)
OFC Futsal Youth Development 2020: Cancelled
OFC U-15 Girls Centre of Excellence 2020: Cancelled
OFC Futsal Champions League 2020: Cancelled

Looking ahead to next year, the Executive Committee confirmed that Tahiti would host the OFC Beach Soccer Nations Cup in January and the OFC U-16 Women’s Championship 2021 in September. OFC General Secretary Franck Castillo said these postponements and cancellations were the only option given the ongoing challenges of the coronavirus pandemic – “We look forward to international football returning in our region when it is logistically possible,” Castillo said.

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