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. The champions also qualified for the 2020 Summer Olympics women's football tournament in Japan.
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|
|Host country||New Caledonia|
|Dates||18 November – 1 December|
|Teams||8 (from 1 confederation)|
|Venue(s)||4 (in 4 host cities)|
|Champions||New Zealand (6th title)|
|Third place||Papua New Guinea|
|Fourth place||New Caledonia|
|Goals scored||108 (6.75 per match)|
|Attendance||5,247 (328 per match)|
|Top scorer(s)|| Sarah Gregorius|
(8 goals each)
|Best player(s)||Betsy Hassett|
|Best goalkeeper||Adi Tuwai|
|Fair play award||New Zealand|
The format was as follows:
The draw for the tournament was held on 21 March 2018 at the OFC Headquarters in Auckland, New Zealand. 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.
|Appearance||Previous best performance||FIFA ranking|
at start of event
|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.
The host nation of the final tournament was New Caledonia. The matches were played at four venues.
|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|
Each team can name a maximum of 23 players.
The top two teams of each group advance to the semi-finals.
All times are local, NCT (UTC+11).
|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|
|Samoa||0–5||Papua New Guinea|
|New Caledonia||2–6||Papua New Guinea|
|Papua New Guinea||3–1||Tahiti|
|1||New Zealand||3||3||0||0||27||0||+27||9||Knockout stage|
|New Zealand||6–0||Cook Islands|
|28 November – Maré|
|Papua New Guinea||1|
|1 December – Nouméa|
|28 November – Lifou|
|Third place match|
|1 December – Nouméa|
|Papua New Guinea||7|
|Papua New Guinea||1–5||Fiji|
|New Zealand||8–0||New Caledonia|
|Papua New Guinea||7–1||New Caledonia|
There were 108 goals scored in 16 matches, for an average of 6.75 goals per match.
1 own goal
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.
|Golden Ball||Betsy Hassett|
|Golden Boot|| Sarah Gregorius|
|Golden Glove||Adi Tuwai|
|Fair Play Award||New Zealand|
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||4 (1991, 2007, 2011, 2015)|
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||3 (2008, 2012, 2016)|
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