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The 2018 OFC Women's Nations Cup was the 11th edition of the OFC Women's Nations Cup (also known as the OFC Women's Championship), the quadrennial international football championship organised by the Oceania Football Confederation (OFC) for the women's national teams of the Oceanian region. The tournament was held in New Caledonia between 18 November – 1 December 2018.

2018 OFC Women's Nations Cup
Tournament details
Host countryNew Caledonia
Dates18 November – 1 December
Teams8 (from 1 confederation)
Venue(s)4 (in 4 host cities)
Final positions
Champions New Zealand (6th title)
Runners-up Fiji
Third place Papua New Guinea
Fourth place New Caledonia
Tournament statistics
Matches played16
Goals scored108 (6.75 per match)
Attendance5,247 (328 per match)
Top scorer(s)New Zealand Sarah Gregorius
Papua New Guinea Meagen Gunemba
(8 goals each)
Best player(s)New Zealand Betsy Hassett
Best goalkeeperFiji Adi Tuwai
Fair play award New Zealand
2014
2022

The tournament served as the Oceanian qualifiers to the 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup, with the champions qualifying for the World Cup in France.[1] The champions also qualified for the 2020 Summer Olympics women's football tournament in Japan.[2][3]

New Zealand were the defending champions. They won the tournament for their fourth consecutive and sixth overall OFC Women's Nations Cup title.

Contents

FormatEdit

The format was as follows:

  • Qualifying stage: The four lowest-ranked teams based on previous regional performances of all women's national teams (American Samoa, Solomon Islands, Vanuatu and Fiji) entered the qualifying stage, which was be held from 24 to 30 August 2018 in Fiji (originally scheduled to be held in American Samoa).[4][2] The winner qualified for the final tournament, joining the other seven teams which automatically qualified.
  • Final tournament: A total of eight teams played in the final tournament, which was held between 18 November to 1 December 2018 in New Caledonia.[2] For the group stage, they are divided into two groups of four teams. The top two teams of each group advance to the knockout stage (semi-finals and final) to decide the winner of the OFC Women's Nations Cup that qualify for the FIFA Women's World Cup as well as the Olympic football tournament.

The draw for the tournament was held on 21 March 2018 at the OFC Headquarters in Auckland, New Zealand.[5] In both the qualifying stage and final tournament, the hosts (Fiji and New Caledonia) were assigned to position A1 in the draw, while the remaining teams were drawn into the other positions without any seeding.[6]

QualificationEdit

For the first time, the OFC Women's Nations Cup is a compulsory tournament, so all 11 OFC member national teams will enter the tournament.[4]

Team Method of
qualification
Appearance Previous best performance FIFA ranking
at start of event[7]
  Cook Islands Automatic 4th Third place (2010, 2014) Not ranked
  New Caledonia 2nd Third place (1983) Not ranked
  New Zealand 11th Champions (1983, 1991, 2007, 2010, 2014) 20
  Papua New Guinea 9th Runners-up (2007, 2010, 2014) Not ranked
  Samoa 3rd Fourth place (2003) Not ranked
  Tahiti 2nd Group stage (2010) Not ranked
  Tonga 4th Third place (2007) Not ranked
  Fiji Qualification winner 4th Fourth place (1983, 1998) 81

Note: New Caledonia and Tahiti are not members of the International Olympic Committee and thus not eligible to qualify for the Olympic Football Tournament.

VenuesEdit

The host nation of the final tournament was New Caledonia. The matches were played at four venues.[8]

Koné Nouméa Lifou Maré
Stade Yoshida Stade Numa-Daly Magenta Stade de Hnassé Stade de la Roche
Capacity: 3,000 Capacity: 16,000 Capacity: 1,680 Capacity: 1,500

SquadsEdit

Each team can name a maximum of 23 players.[9]

Group stageEdit

The top two teams of each group advance to the semi-finals.

All times are local, NCT (UTC+11).[9]

Group AEdit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1   Papua New Guinea 3 3 0 0 14 3 +11 9 Knockout stage
2   New Caledonia (H) 3 2 0 1 8 8 0 6
3   Tahiti 3 0 1 2 8 12 −4 1
4   Samoa 3 0 1 2 5 12 −7 1
Source: OFC
Rules for classification: Tiebreakers
(H) Host.
Samoa  0–5  Papua New Guinea
Report
Attendance: 150
Tahiti  2–4  New Caledonia
Report
Attendance: 423

Tahiti  5–5  Samoa
Report
Attendance: 200
New Caledonia  2–6  Papua New Guinea
Report
  • Kaipu   20'31'46'60'81'
  • Padio   36'
Attendance: 603

Papua New Guinea  3–1  Tahiti
Report
Attendance: 150
Referee: Torika Delai (Fiji)
New Caledonia  2–0  Samoa
Report
Attendance: 421

Group BEdit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1   New Zealand 3 3 0 0 27 0 +27 9 Knockout stage
2   Fiji 3 2 0 1 15 10 +5 6
3   Tonga 3 1 0 2 1 23 −22 3
4   Cook Islands 3 0 0 3 0 10 −10 0
Source: OFC
Rules for classification: Tiebreakers
New Zealand  11–0  Tonga
Report
Cook Islands  0–3  Fiji
Report

Tonga  0–12  Fiji
Report
New Zealand  6–0  Cook Islands
Report

Tonga  1–0  Cook Islands
Report
Fiji  0–10  New Zealand
Report

Knockout stageEdit

BracketEdit

 
Semi-finalsFinal
 
      
 
28 November – Maré
 
 
  Papua New Guinea1
 
1 December – Nouméa
 
  Fiji5
 
  Fiji0
 
28 November – Lifou
 
  New Zealand8
 
  New Zealand8
 
 
  New Caledonia0
 
Third place match
 
 
1 December – Nouméa
 
 
  Papua New Guinea7
 
 
  New Caledonia1

Semi-finalsEdit

Papua New Guinea  1–5  Fiji
Report

New Zealand  8–0  New Caledonia
Report
Attendance: 1,200
Referee: Rani Perry (Tahiti)

Third place matchEdit

Papua New Guinea  7–1  New Caledonia
Report

FinalEdit

Winner qualifies for 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup and 2020 Summer Olympics.

Fiji  0–8  New Zealand
Report

GoalscorersEdit

AwardsEdit

The Golden Ball Award was awarded to the most outstanding player of the tournament. The Golden Boot Award was awarded to the top scorer of the tournament. The Golden Glove Award was awarded to the best goalkeeper of the tournament. The Fair Play Award was awarded to the team with the best disciplinary record at the tournament.[10]

Award Recipient
Golden Ball   Betsy Hassett
Golden Boot   Sarah Gregorius
  Meagen Gunemba
Golden Glove   Adi Tuwai
Fair Play Award   New Zealand

Qualification for international tournamentsEdit

Qualified teams for FIFA Women's World CupEdit

The following team from OFC qualify for the 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup.

Team Qualified on Previous appearances in FIFA Women's World Cup1
  New Zealand 1 December 2018[11] 4 (1991, 2007, 2011, 2015)
1 Bold indicates champions for that year. Italic indicates hosts for that year.

Qualified teams for Summer OlympicsEdit

The following team from OFC qualify for the 2020 Summer Olympic women's football tournament.

Team Qualified on Previous appearances in Summer Olympics1
  New Zealand 1 December 2018[11] 3 (2008, 2012, 2016)
1 Bold indicates champions for that year. Italic indicates hosts for that year.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Circular #1565 – FIFA women's tournaments 2018–2019" (PDF). FIFA.com. 11 November 2016.
  2. ^ a b c "OFC Women's Nations Cup confirmed". Oceania Football Confederation. 12 March 2018.
  3. ^ "OC for FIFA Competitions approves procedures for the Final Draw of the 2018 FIFA World Cup". FIFA.com. 14 September 2017.
  4. ^ a b "OFC Competition calendar set for 2018". Oceania Football Confederation. 31 October 2017.
  5. ^ "Draw reveals journey to regional title". Oceania Football Confederation. 22 March 2018.
  6. ^ "OFC WOMEN'S NATIONS CUP 2018 OFFCICIAL DRAW". YouTube. 21 March 2018.
  7. ^ "Women's Ranking – 28 September 2018 (OFC)". FIFA.com.
  8. ^ "Women's game goes provincial with confirmed schedule". Oceania Football Confederation. 10 August 2018.
  9. ^ a b "Tournament Programme ENG/FRE". Oceania Football Confederation. 16 November 2018.
  10. ^ "New Zealand complete line-up for France 2019". Oceania Football Confederation. 1 December 2018.
  11. ^ a b "New Zealand triumph completes France 2019 field". FIFA.com. 1 December 2018.

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