2018 OFC Women's Nations Cup

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.

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.

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

Format

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]

Qualification

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.

Venues

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

Squads

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

Group stage

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

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

Group A

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
Samoa 0–5 Papua New Guinea
Report
  • M. Gunemba Goal 17'22'53'
  • Gabong Goal 27'
  • Bauelua Goal 90+2'
Tahiti 2–4 New Caledonia
  • Tamarii Goal 27'
  • Hioe Goal 45'
Report
  • Xowie Goal 19'
  • Pahoa Goal 22'25'
  • Lalie Goal 81'
Tahiti 5–5 Samoa
  • Teotahi Goal 3'7'50'
  • Taumaa Goal 10'
  • Hioe Goal 45+4'
Report
  • Sataraka Goal 1'79'89'
  • Kimitete Goal 4' (o.g.)
  • Malo Goal 21'
New Caledonia 2–6 Papua New Guinea
  • Maguire Goal 48'
  • Gatha Goal 90+3'
Report
  • Kaipu Goal 20'31'46'60'81'
  • Padio Goal 36'
Papua New Guinea 3–1 Tahiti
  • Unamba Goal 31'
  • Padio Goal 74'84' (pen.)
Report
  • Taumaa Goal 6'
New Caledonia 2–0 Samoa
  • Ajapuhnya Goal 50'
  • Xowie Goal 67'
Report

Group B

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
New Zealand 11–0 Tonga
Report
Cook Islands 0–3 Fiji
Report
  • Nasau Goal 34'
  • Davis Goal 36'
  • Tamanitoakula Goal 57'
Tonga 0–12 Fiji
Report
  • Tamanitoakula Goal 6'11'24'36'
  • Nasau Goal 13'43'51'
  • Davis Goal 20'81'
  • Diyalowai Goal 22'30'90'
New Zealand 6–0 Cook Islands
Report
Tonga 1–0 Cook Islands
  • Vaka Goal 3'
Report
Fiji 0–10 New Zealand
Report

Knockout stage

Bracket

 
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-finals

Papua New Guinea 1–5 Fiji
  • M. Gunemba Goal 12'
Report
  • Davis Goal 24'65'
  • Tamanitoakula Goal 27'
  • Nasau Goal 72'
  • Diyalowai Goal 87'
New Zealand 8–0 New Caledonia
Report

Third place match

Papua New Guinea 7–1 New Caledonia
  • M. Gunemba Goal 5'36'54'82'
  • Gabong Goal 41'
  • Unamba Goal 52'
  • Birum Goal 84'
Report
  • Pahoa Goal 60'

Final

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

Fiji 0–8 New Zealand
Report

Goalscorers

There were 108 goals scored in 16 matches, for an average of 6.75 goals per match.

8 goals

6 goals

5 goals

4 goals

3 goals

  • New Caledonia Jackie Pahoa
  • Papua New Guinea Ramona Padio
  • Samoa Sina Sataraka
  • French Polynesia Carole Teotahi

2 goals

1 goal

1 own goal

  • Fiji Mereoni Tora (against New Zealand)
  • French Polynesia Hana Kimitete (against Samoa)

Awards

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 New Zealand Betsy Hassett
Golden Boot New Zealand Sarah Gregorius
Papua New Guinea Meagen Gunemba
Golden Glove Fiji Adi Tuwai
Fair Play Award  New Zealand

Qualification for international tournaments

Qualified teams for FIFA Women's World Cup

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 Olympics

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.

References

  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.

External links

2018 OFC Women's Nations Cup qualification

The 2018 OFC Women's Nations Cup qualification tournament was a football competition that took place from 24 to 30 August 2018 in Lautoka, Fiji to determine the final women's national team which joined the seven automatically qualified teams in the 2018 OFC Women's Nations Cup final tournament in New Caledonia.

2018 OFC Women's Nations Cup squads

The 2018 OFC Women's Nations Cup is an international football tournament being held in New Caledonia from 18 November to 1 December 2018. The eight national teams involved in the tournament were required to register a squad of up to 23 players, including two goalkeepers. Only players in these squads are eligible to take part in the tournament.The position listed for each player is per the official squad list published by the OFC. The age listed for each player is on 18 November 2018, the first day of the tournament. The numbers of caps and goals listed for each player do not include any matches played after the start of tournament. The nationality for each club reflects the national association (not the league) to which the club is affiliated. A flag is included for coaches that are of a different nationality than their own national team.

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Cook Islands women's national football team

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Fiji women's national football team

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New Caledonia women's national football team

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New Zealand women's national football team

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Solomon Islands women's national football team

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Tahiti women's national football team

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Tonga women's national football team

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