Four teams, two spots and a dream: the FIFA U-17 World Cup

New Zealand, Fiji, Tahiti and New Caledonia will play the semifinals of the U-17 OFC Championship on Wednesday – January 25th – in search of their dream of going to Peru to compete at the FIFA U-17 World Cup. New Zealand have played in the tournament numerous times before, New Caledonia will be looking toContinue reading “Four teams, two spots and a dream: the FIFA U-17 World Cup”

OFC U-17 Championship: Fiji and New Zealand play decisive semifinal

Fiji and New Zealand will meet at 7 pm local time on January 25th in Suva, the Fijian capital. Both teams have confirmed their favouritism and advanced to the semifinal of the tournament. FIJI VS COOK ISLANDS Fiji started the game controlling possession as expected, but the lack of creativity not allowed the hosts toContinue reading “OFC U-17 Championship: Fiji and New Zealand play decisive semifinal”

OFC U-17 Championship: The quarterfinals are set

The quarterfinals of the OFC U-17 Championship were decided this Wednesday – 18th January – after a draw by the Oceania Football Confederation. In the first leg of the quarterfinals New Caledonia will face Samoa in Suva on January 21st at 4pm local time; New Caledonia is the favourite to take the semifinal spot, butContinue reading “OFC U-17 Championship: The quarterfinals are set”

New Zealand and Tahiti win to qualify for quarterfinals of OFC U-17 Championship

New Zealand and Tahiti came in as heavy favourites for the matches against American Samoa and the Cook Islands respectively. And on the field both responded positively by qualifying for the quarterfinals of the OFC U-17 Championship. NEW ZEALAND VS AMERICAN SAMOA New Zealand had no mercy on American Samoa and did what is expectedContinue reading “New Zealand and Tahiti win to qualify for quarterfinals of OFC U-17 Championship”

New Zealand and Tahiti win on the first match day of the OFC U-17 Championship

NEW ZEALAND VS NEW CALEDONIA New Zealand and New Caledonia took the field in Ba to kick off the OFC U-17 championship yesterday – January 11th. Against the odds, the game started with New Caledonia putting the Kiwis under pressure, with coach Leonardo Lopez employing a bold strategy to try to surprise New Zealand –Continue reading “New Zealand and Tahiti win on the first match day of the OFC U-17 Championship”

All set for the start of the OFC U-17 Championship in Fiji

On Wednesday the 11th New Caledonia and New Zealand will kick off the OFC U-17 Championship. Nine teams (Fiji, New Caledonia, New Zealand, Tonga, Samoa, Tahiti, American Samoa, Vanuatu and the Cook Islands) begin the race for two spots in this year’s U-17 World Cup to be held in Peru. Solomon Islands and Papua NewContinue reading “All set for the start of the OFC U-17 Championship in Fiji”

New Zealand international signs with Barnsley

New Zealand goalkeeper Jamie Searle will play for Barnsley next season. He was attached to Swansea’s U-23 team after a spell with Aston Villa’s U-23 – team where he got his first chance to play in Europe. The goalkeeper, who is only 21-years old, has signed a two-year contract and is expected to compete withContinue reading “New Zealand international signs with Barnsley”

New Zealand says goodbye to the World Cup dream

New Zealand took the field last Tuesday – 16th June – against Costa Rica at the Al Rayyan Stadium in Doha, Qatar with the dream of going to the World Cup for the third time in their history – the second time in twelve years. Considering Costa Rica’s aging squad that started poorly in theContinue reading “New Zealand says goodbye to the World Cup dream”

New Zealand loses to Peru in a friendly match in preparation for the Intercontinental Playoff

Peru and New Zealand took to the field in Barcelona for a friendly match last Sunday – 5th June – to prepare for the intercontinental playoff. The Peru awaits the winner of Australia and United Arab Emirates and the All Whites will face Costa Rica. From the beginning of the match Peru showed superiority overContinue reading “New Zealand loses to Peru in a friendly match in preparation for the Intercontinental Playoff”

OFC Champions League is Back!

After three years of inactivity, the largest club competition in the South Pacific is back. The OFC Champions League will begin in June with a new format with fewer matches and less travel because of flight restrictions imposed after the Covid-19 pandemic. The champions and runners-up of the major national leagues – except New ZealandContinue reading “OFC Champions League is Back!”