October 1, 2023

OFC postpone youth tournaments

The U17 and U20 OFC Championships have been postponed even further.

Two OFC youth championships have been postponed. Here from an U17 match between American Samoa and Cook Islands (Photo credit: OFC Media)

The tournaments were previously postponed in December, with the U17 tournament set to be played within July 5th.

Since then, FIFA cancelled both the U20 and U17 World Cup. This means that the OFC have pushed the regional championships further back on the calendar.

Given OFC’s youth tournaments are a key element of its long-term strategy to qualify two teams for the FIFA World Cup 2026, OFC’s Executive Committee has agreed to try and exhaust all possible options to play them in 2021,” the confederations writes in a press release.

If the youth events can go ahead this year, the original hosts will be retained with Fiji holding the OFC U-17 Championship and Samoa staging the OFC U-20 Championship. 

“A decision around potential new dates for the tournaments will be decided by OFC’s Executive Committee in the coming months.

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