2012–13 OFC Champions League
2012–13 OFC Champions League
The OFC decided on the following format changes for the 2013 edition:
A preliminary stage was added to the tournament such that teams from all eleven OFC member associations have a chance to contest the title of O-League Champion.
Instead of kicking off in late October or early November, the group stage was played in a one-month period in March and April, and games took place every weekend, including mid-week matches.
Unlike in previous years, a semi-final stage was played and featured the two highest-placed teams in each group. These matches were played over two legs on a home-and-away basis.
The victorious semi-final teams then clashed in a winner-takes-all final at a pre-determined venue. The one-match final is a change from previous seasons, in which the final was played over two legs, home and away.
The following teams entered the competition.
|Teams entering the group stage|
|Fiji||Ba||2011 Fiji National Football League champion|
|New Zealand||Waitakere United||2011–12 ASB Premiership grand final champion|
|Auckland City||2011–12 ASB Premiership regular season premier|
|Papua New Guinea||Hekari United||2011–12 Papua New Guinea National Soccer League champion|
|Solomon Islands||Solomon Warriors||2011–12 Solomon Islands S-League champion|
|Tahiti||Dragon||2011–12 Tahiti Division Fédérale champion|
|Vanuatu||Amicale||2012 Vanuatu National Soccer League champion|
|Team entering the play-off round|
|New Caledonia||Mont-Dore||2011 New Caledonia Division Honneur champion|
|Teams entering the preliminary round|
|American Samoa||Pago Youth||2011 FFAS Senior League champion|
|Cook Islands||Tupapa Maraerenga||2011 Cook Islands Round Cup champion|
|Samoa||Kiwi||2010–11 Samoa National League champion|
|Tonga||Lotoha'apai United||2010–11 Tonga Major League champion|
The schedule of the competition was as follows.
|Stage||Date (local time)|
|Preliminary stage||Matchday 1||1 May 2012|
|Matchday 2||3 May 2012|
|Matchday 3||5 May 2012|
|Play-off||8 May 2012|
|Group stage||Matchday 1||30 March 2013|
|Matchday 2||3, 5–7 April 2013|
|Matchday 3||12–13 April 2013|
|Matchday 4||17 April 2013|
|Matchday 5||20–21, 23 April 2013|
|Matchday 6||27–28 April 2013|
|Semi-finals||First leg||4–5 May 2013|
|Second leg||11–12 May 2013|
|Final||19 May 2013|
Matches played in Tahiti are one day behind the other countries in global time as Tahiti is on the other side of the International Date Line.
In the preliminary round, the four teams played each other on a round-robin basis. The group winner advanced to the play-off round.
In the play-off round, the winner of the preliminary round and the team entering in this round played each other over one match. The winner advanced to the group stage to join the seven automatic qualifiers.
In the group stage, the eight teams were divided into two groups of four. In each group, the four teams played each other on a home-and-away round-robin basis. The group winners and runners-up advanced to the semi-finals.
In the semi-finals, the winner of Group A play the runner-up of Group B, and the winner of Group B play the runner-up of Group A. In each tie, teams play each other on a home-and-away two-legged basis, with the group winners hosting the second leg. If the aggregate score is tied after the second leg, the away goals rule is applied. If away goals are also tied, extra time is played, and the away goals rule is applied again after extra time, i.e., if there are goals scored during extra time and the aggregate score is still tied, the away team qualifies. If no goals are scored during extra time, the winner is determined by penalty shoot-out.
The first legs were played on 4 and 5 May 2013, and the second legs were played on 11 and 12 May 2013.
Auckland City won 7–1 on aggregate and advanced to the final.
Waitakere United won 4–1 on aggregate and advanced to the final.
In the final, the two semi-final winners played each other over one match at a pre-determined venue, with extra time and penalty shoot-out used to decide the winner if necessary. The final was played at Arena 2 of Mount Smart Stadium in Auckland, New Zealand on 19 May 2013.
|Golden Ball||Sanni Issa||Ba|
|Golden Boot||Sanni Issa||Ba|
|Golden Gloves||Danny Robinson||Waitakere United|
|Fair Play Award||—||Solomon Warriors|
In the preliminary stage (preliminary round and play-off round), there were 37 goals in 7 matches, for an average of 5.29 goals per match.
In the final stage (group stage, semi-finals and final), there were 95 goals in 29 matches, for an average of 3.28 per match.
2013 FIFA Club World Cup