2019 OFC Futsal Nations Cup

The 2019 OFC Futsal Nations Cup was the 12th edition of the OFC Futsal Nations Cup (previously called the OFC Futsal Championship), the international futsal championship organised by the Oceania Football Confederation (OFC) for the men's national teams of Oceania.

2019 OFC Futsal Nations Cup
Tournament details
Host countryNew Caledonia
CityNouméa
Dates27 October – 2 November 2019
Teams8 (from 1 confederation)
Venue(s)1 (in 1 host city)
Final positions
Champions Solomon Islands (6th title)
Runners-up New Zealand
Third place Tahiti
Fourth place New Caledonia
Tournament statistics
Matches played18
Goals scored185 (10.28 per match)
Top scorer(s)New Zealand Nicky Malivuk
French Polynesia Olivier Hirihiri
Best player(s)New Zealand Dylan Manickum
Best goalkeeperSolomon Islands Anthony Talo
Fair play award American Samoa
2016
2023

In November 2018, it was announced that New Caledonia would host the competition.[1] The tournament was held from 27 October to 2 November.[2]

The winner qualified as the OFC representative at the 2021 FIFA Futsal World Cup (originally 2020 but postponed due to COVID-19 pandemic) in Lithuania.[3][4]

Solomon Islands were the defending champions, and successfully defended their title after defeating New Zealand in the final.

TeamsEdit

Eight of the 11 FIFA-affiliated national teams from OFC entered the tournament.

Team Appearance Previous best performance
  American Samoa 1st Debut
  Fiji 9th Runners-up (2000, 2009, 2010)
  New Caledonia (hosts) 8th Runners-up (2014)
  New Zealand 10th Runners-up (2004, 2016)
  Solomon Islands 8th Champions (2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2016)
  Tahiti 7th Runners-up (2008, 2011)
  Tonga 1st Debut
  Vanuatu 12th Runners-up (1992, 1996)
Did not enter

VenueEdit

The matches were played at the L'Arène du Sud in Païta.

SquadsEdit

DrawEdit

The draw of the tournament was held on 6 May 2019 at the OFC Academy in Auckland, New Zealand.[5] The eight teams were drawn into two groups of four teams. The top two ranked teams, Solomon Islands and New Zealand, were drawn into position 1 of Group A or B, and the bottom two ranked teams, American Samoa and Tonga, were drawn into position 4 of Group A or B, while the remaining teams were drawn into position 2 or 3 of Group A or B.[6]

Group stageEdit

The top two teams of each group advance to the semi-finals. The bottom two teams enter the 5th–8th place play-offs.

All times are local, NCT (UTC+11).[7]

Group AEdit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1   New Zealand 3 3 0 0 21 3 +18 9 Knockout stage
2   New Caledonia (H) 3 2 0 1 22 5 +17 6
3   Vanuatu 3 1 0 2 12 22 −10 3 5th–8th place play-offs
4   American Samoa 3 0 0 3 3 28 −25 0
Source: OFC
(H) Host
American Samoa  0–9  New Zealand
Report
Attendance: 150
Referee: Philip Mana (Solomon Islands)
Vanuatu  1–11  New Caledonia
Report
Attendance: 300
Referee: Teraimaeva Make (Tahiti)

New Zealand  8–1  Vanuatu
Report
American Samoa  0–9  New Caledonia
Report

Vanuatu  10–3  American Samoa
Report
New Zealand  4–2  New Caledonia
Report

Group BEdit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1   Solomon Islands 3 3 0 0 24 5 +19 9 Knockout stage
2   Tahiti 3 2 0 1 37 10 +27 6
3   Fiji 3 1 0 2 11 17 −6 3 5th–8th place play-offs
4   Tonga 3 0 0 3 6 46 −40 0
Source: OFC
Tonga  2–13  Solomon Islands
Report
Fiji  1–11  Tahiti
Report

Solomon Islands  7–2  Tahiti
Report
Tonga  2–9  Fiji
Report

Tahiti  24–2  Tonga
Report
Solomon Islands  4–1  Fiji
Report

5th–8th place play-offsEdit

Tonga was not allowed to play the 5th-8th place play-offs because many players were diagnosed with measles.[8] It is important to remember that this tournament was held during a measles outbreak.

Bracket (5th–8th place)Edit

 
Play-off semi-finalsFifth place match
 
      
 
1 November
 
 
  Vanuatu3 (w/o)
 
2 November
 
  Tonga0
 
  Vanuatu4
 
1 November
 
  Fiji6
 
  Fiji6
 
 
  American Samoa2
 
Seventh place match
 
 
2 November
 
 
  Tonga0
 
 
  American Samoa3 (w/o)

Play-off semi-finalsEdit

Fiji  6–2  American Samoa
Report

Vanuatu  3–0 (walkover)  Tonga
Report

Seventh place matchEdit

Tonga  0–3 (walkover)  American Samoa
Report

Fifth place matchEdit

Vanuatu  4–6  Fiji
Report

Knockout stageEdit

Bracket (1st–4th place)Edit

 
Semi-finalsFinal
 
      
 
1 November
 
 
  Solomon Islands5
 
2 November
 
  New Caledonia1
 
  Solomon Islands5 (2)
 
1 November
 
  New Zealand5 (1)
 
  New Zealand3
 
 
  Tahiti2
 
Third place match
 
 
2 November
 
 
  New Caledonia5 (1)
 
 
  Tahiti5 (3)

Semi-finalsEdit

Solomon Islands  5–1  New Caledonia
Report

New Zealand  3–2  Tahiti
Report

Third place matchEdit

New Caledonia  5–5 (a.e.t.)  Tahiti
Report
Penalties
1–3

FinalEdit

Winner qualifies for 2021 FIFA Futsal World Cup.

Solomon Islands  5–5 (a.e.t.)  New Zealand
Report
Penalties
2–1

Qualified teams for FIFA Futsal World CupEdit

The following team from OFC qualified for the 2021 FIFA Futsal World Cup.

Team Qualified on Previous appearances in FIFA Futsal World Cup1
  Solomon Islands 2 November 2019[9] 3 (2008, 2012, 2016)
1 Bold indicates champions for that year. Italic indicates hosts for that year.

AwardsEdit

The following awards were given at the conclusion of the tournament.[10]

Award Player
Golden Ball   Dylan Manickum
Golden Boot   Nicky Malivuk
  Olivier Hirihiri
Golden Gloves   Anthony Talo
Fair Play Award   American Samoa

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Hosts appointed for 2019 competitions". Oceania Football Confederation. 6 November 2018.
  2. ^ "OFC Futsal Nations Cup 2019". Oceania Football Confederation.
  3. ^ "FIFA Futsal World Cup 2020 – slot allocation" (PDF). FIFA.com. 14 June 2018.
  4. ^ "Bureau of the FIFA Council decisions on FIFA events". FIFA.com. Fédération Internationale de Football Association. 12 May 2020.
  5. ^ "OFC Futsal Nations Cup has been drawn". Oceania Football Confederation. 7 May 2019.
  6. ^ "OFC FUTSAL NATIONS CUP 2019 OFFICIAL DRAW". YouTube. 6 May 2019.
  7. ^ "8 teams will be vying for Oceania's sole place at next year's FIFA Futsal World Cup when the OFC Futsal Nations Cup 2019 tournament gets underway on 28 October in Noumea, New Caledonia". Twitter. 18 October 2019.
  8. ^ https://oceaniafootballcenter.home.blog/2019/11/17/measles-affected-tonga-in-ofc-futsal-nations-cup/
  9. ^ "Solomons stamp ticket to Lithuania". FIFA.com. 2 November 2019.
  10. ^ "Kurukuru book World Cup berth in dramatic fashion". Oceania Football Confederation. 3 November 2019.

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