2015 OFC U-20 Women's Championship

The 2015 OFC U-20 Women's Championship was the 7th edition of the OFC U-20 Women's Championship, the biennial international youth football championship organised by the Oceania Football Confederation (OFC) for the women's under-20 national teams of Oceania. The tournament was held in Tonga between 1–10 October 2015.[1] The tournament was originally scheduled to be held between 16–30 January 2016.[2]

2015 OFC U-20 Women's Championship
Tournament details
Host country Tonga
CityNuku'alofa
Dates1–10 October 2015
Teams5 (from 1 confederation)
Venue(s)1 (in 1 host city)
Final positions
Champions New Zealand (5th title)
Runners-up Samoa
Third place Vanuatu
Fourth place New Caledonia
Tournament statistics
Matches played10
Goals scored102 (10.2 per match)
Top scorer(s)New Zealand Emma Rolston (25 goals)
Best player(s)New Zealand Jasmine Pereira
Best goalkeeperSamoa Katarina Ah Sui
Fair play award Tonga
2014
2017

Same as previous editions, the tournament acted as the OFC qualifiers for the FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup. The winner of the tournament qualified for the 2016 FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup in Papua New Guinea as the OFC representative, besides Papua New Guinea who qualified automatically as hosts.[3]

New Zealand were confirmed as champions for the fifth consecutive time on 8 October 2015, sealing their qualification to the World Cup.[4]

TeamsEdit

A total of five OFC member national teams entered the tournament.[1]

Team Appearance Previous best performance
  New Caledonia 3rd Third place (2012)
  New Zealand 6th Champions (2006, 2010, 2012, 2014)
  Samoa 4th Fourth place (2002, 2006, 2012)
  Tonga (hosts) 5th Runners-up (2006)
  Vanuatu 3rd Fourth place (2012)
Did not enter

VenueEdit

The matches were played at the Loto-Tonga Soka Centre in Nuku'alofa.[1]

SquadsEdit

Players born on or after 1 January 1996 were eligible to compete in the tournament.

MatchesEdit

The tournament was played in round-robin format. There were two matches on each matchday, with one team having a bye. The draw for the fixtures was held on 2 September 2015 at the OFC Headquarters in Auckland, New Zealand.[5]

All times were local, TOT (UTC+13).

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1   New Zealand 4 4 0 0 69 0 +69 12 2016 FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup
2   Samoa 4 1 2 1 12 18 −6 5
3   Vanuatu 4 1 2 1 9 23 −14 5
4   New Caledonia 4 1 0 3 5 38 −33 3
5   Tonga (H) 4 0 2 2 7 23 −16 2
Source: OFC
(H) Host.
Tonga  0–15  New Zealand
Report Rolston   19'48'69'
Pereira   30'45+1'64'
Coombes   32'34'44'
Cleverley   41'75'90+1'
Robertson   62'
Jale   78'82'
Vanuatu  4–0  New Caledonia
Melteviel   53'
Batick   72'
Anis   77'
Senis   89'
Report
Referee: Salesh Chand (Fiji)

New Zealand  26–0  New Caledonia
Rolston   2'3'5'11'14'
  20' (pen.)22'27'28'32'45+6'
Satchell   8'25'49'
Pereira   15'37'50'77'82'90+3'
Jale   34'38'64'
Parris   56'
Robertson   72'
Richards   79'
Report
Referee: Finau Vulivuli (Fiji)
Tonga  3–3  Samoa
Tongia   39'56'90+2' Report Mad. Ah Ki   60'
Faasavalu   75'
Daniells   87'

New Caledonia  2–6  Samoa
Tchacko   12'
Oniary   82'
Report Moaata   5'
Fiso   8'23'51'
Daniells   40'
Nielsen   76'
New Zealand  18–0  Vanuatu
Pereira   5'15'18'22'63'77'
Rolston   8'10'40'43'
  57'65'81'82'84'
Robertson   13'45'
Cleverley   26'
Report
Referee: Finau Vulivuli (Fiji)

Samoa  3–3  Vanuatu
Daniells   48'90+6'
Mad. Ah Ki   54'
Report Melteviel   6'66'
Charley   22'
Referee: Salesh Chand (Fiji)
New Caledonia  3–2  Tonga
Nyipie   24'
Tchacko   64'
I. Hace   83'
Report Laakulu   67'89'

Vanuatu  2–2  Tonga
Charley   23'
Melteviel   89'
Report Laakulu   79'
Akolo   86'
Referee: Finau Vulivuli (Fiji)
Samoa  0–10  New Zealand
Report Cleverley   18'
Rolston   40'45+1'
Pereira   46'
Coombes   53'
Main   55'58'58'74'
Robertson   80'

WinnersEdit

 2015 OFC U-20 Women's Championship 
 
New Zealand
Fifth title

New Zealand qualified for the FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup for the sixth consecutive time. With hosts Papua New Guinea also participating, this is the first tournament to feature two teams from OFC.

Team Qualified on Previous appearances in tournament1
  Papua New Guinea 20 March 2015 0 (Debut)
  New Zealand 8 October 2015 5 (2006, 2008, 2010, 2012, 2014)
1 Bold indicates champion for that year. Italic indicates host for that year.

AwardsEdit

The following awards were given at the conclusion of the tournament.[6]

Award Player
Golden Ball   Jasmine Pereira
Golden Boot   Emma Rolston
Golden Gloves   Katarina Ah Sui
Fair Play Award   Tonga

GoalscorersEdit

25 goals
16 goals
5 goals
4 goals
3 goals
2 goals
1 goal

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c "Tonga to host OFC U-20 women's showpiece". Oceania Football Confederation. 28 August 2015. Archived from the original on 2015-09-14. Retrieved 2015-08-28.
  2. ^ "OFC Executive Committee decisions". Oceania Football Confederation. April 23, 2014. Archived from the original on March 3, 2016.
  3. ^ "Decisions taken by the FIFA Executive Committee concerning women's competitions in 2016" (PDF). FIFA. 23 June 2014.
  4. ^ "New Zealand win through to PNG". FIFA.com. 8 October 2015.
  5. ^ "Draw reveals path to Papua New Guinea". Oceania Football Confederation. September 2, 2015. Archived from the original on September 14, 2015. Retrieved September 2, 2015.
  6. ^ "New Zealand celebrate title in style". Oceania Football Confederation. October 10, 2015. Archived from the original on October 14, 2015.

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