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2012–13 OFC Champions League

2012–13 OFC Champions League

The 2012–13 OFC Champions League was the 12th edition of the Oceanian Club Championship, Oceania's premier club football tournament organized by the Oceania Football Confederation (OFC), and the 7th season under the current OFC Champions League name.

Auckland City became the first team to win three consecutive title after defeating Waitakere United in an all-New Zealand final.[1] As the winner of the 2013 OFC Champions League, they earned the right to represent the OFC at the 2013 FIFA Club World Cup.[2]

2012–13 OFC Champions League
Tournament details
Dates1–8 May 2012 (preliminary stage)
30 March – 19 May 2013 (final stage)
Teams8 (final stage)
12 (total) (from 11 associations)
Final positions
ChampionsNew ZealandAuckland City(5th title)
Runners-upNew ZealandWaitakere United
Tournament statistics
Matches played36
Goals scored132 (3.67 per match)
Top scorer(s)NigeriaSanni Issa
(9 goals)
Best player(s)NigeriaSanni Issa
Best goalkeeperEnglandDanny Robinson

Format change

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.[3]

  • 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.[4]

  • 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.[4]

  • 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.[4]


The following teams entered the competition.

AssociationTeamQualifying method
Teams entering the group stage
FijiFijiBa2011 Fiji National Football League champion[5]
New ZealandNew ZealandWaitakere United2011–12 ASB Premiership grand final champion[6]
Auckland City2011–12 ASB Premiership regular season premier[7]
Papua New GuineaPapua New GuineaHekari United2011–12 Papua New Guinea National Soccer League champion[8]
Solomon IslandsSolomon IslandsSolomon Warriors2011–12 Solomon Islands S-League champion[9]
French PolynesiaTahitiDragon2011–12 Tahiti Division Fédérale champion[10]
VanuatuVanuatuAmicale2012 Vanuatu National Soccer League champion[11]
Team entering the play-off round
New CaledoniaNew CaledoniaMont-Dore2011 New Caledonia Division Honneur champion[12]
Teams entering the preliminary round
American SamoaAmerican SamoaPago Youth2011 FFAS Senior League champion
Cook IslandsCook IslandsTupapa Maraerenga2011 Cook Islands Round Cup champion
SamoaSamoaKiwi2010–11 Samoa National League champion
TongaTongaLotoha'apai United2010–11 Tonga Major League champion


The schedule of the competition was as follows.

StageDate (local time)
Preliminary stageMatchday 11 May 2012
Matchday 23 May 2012
Matchday 35 May 2012
Play-off8 May 2012
Group stageMatchday 130 March 2013
Matchday 23, 5–7 April 2013
Matchday 312–13 April 2013
Matchday 417 April 2013
Matchday 520–21, 23 April 2013
Matchday 627–28 April 2013
Semi-finalsFirst leg4–5 May 2013
Second leg11–12 May 2013
Final19 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.

Preliminary stage

The preliminary stage matches were played in Tonga from 1 May to 8 May 2012.[3]

Preliminary round

In the preliminary round, the four teams played each other on a round-robin basis. The group winner advanced to the play-off round.[2]

Cook IslandsTupapa Maraerenga3210144+107
TongaLotoha'apai United3210114+77
American SamoaPago Youth3003120−190

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.[2]

Group stage

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.[2]

On 5 February 2013, the OFC announced the draw and schedule of the group stage.[13] The group stage matches were played from 30 March to 28 April 2013.[14]

Group A

Solomon IslandsSolomon Warriors6114715−842–20–24–2
Papua New GuineaHekari United6114512−741–30–02–1

Group B

New ZealandWaitakere United641196+3131–30–03–1
New ZealandAuckland City6312198+11100–11–312–2
French PolynesiaDragon623195+490–11–11–1
New CaledoniaMont-Dore6015725−1812–30–21–4


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.[2]

The first legs were played on 4 and 5 May 2013, and the second legs were played on 11 and 12 May 2013.[15]

First leg

Second leg

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.[2] The final was played at Arena 2 of Mount Smart Stadium in Auckland, New Zealand on 19 May 2013.


Golden BallNigeriaSanni IssaFijiBa
Golden BootNigeriaSanni IssaFijiBa
Golden GlovesEnglandDanny RobinsonNew ZealandWaitakere United
Fair Play AwardSolomon IslandsSolomon Warriors


Preliminary stage

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.

1Cook IslandsLeo BerlimCook IslandsTupapa Maraerenga6
2SamoaMike SaofaigaSamoaKiwi4
TongaTimote MaamaaloaTongaLotoha'apai United
TongaMark UhatahiTongaLotoha'apai United
5Cook IslandsGrover HarmonCook IslandsTupapa Maraerenga3
6Cook IslandsCampbell BestCook IslandsTupapa Maraerenga2
Cook IslandsRoger ManuelCook IslandsTupapa Maraerenga
SamoaSilao MaloSamoaKiwi
10American SamoaPuni SamueluAmerican SamoaPago Youth1
Cook IslandsHone FowlerCook IslandsTupapa Maraerenga
Cook IslandsTwin TiroCook IslandsTupapa Maraerenga
New CaledoniaLoïc BessièresNew CaledoniaMont-Dore
New CaledoniaPascal KenonNew CaledoniaMont-Dore
New CaledoniaJacques WamytanNew CaledoniaMont-Dore
SamoaLuki GoscheSamoaKiwi
TongaSoane FaupulaTongaLotoha'apai United
TongaLafaele MoalaTongaLotoha'apai United
TongaKilifi UeleTongaLotoha'apai United


Final stage

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.

1NigeriaSanni IssaFijiBa9
2EnglandAdam DickinsonNew ZealandAuckland City8
3SpainManel ExpósitoNew ZealandAuckland City6
FijiRoy KrishnaNew ZealandWaitakere United
5French PolynesiaTeaonui TehauFrench PolynesiaDragon4
6FijiMalakai TiwaFijiBa3
CroatiaMario BilenNew ZealandAuckland City
SpainGustavo SoutoNew ZealandAuckland City
EnglandDarren WhiteNew ZealandAuckland City
EnglandChris PalmerNew ZealandWaitakere United
Solomon IslandsMoffat KilifaSolomon IslandsSolomon Warriors
VanuatuFenedy MasauvakaloVanuatuAmicale
13FijiTuimasi ManucaFijiBa2
New CaledoniaJean-Pierre BobNew CaledoniaMont-Dore
New CaledoniaRomain PainbéniNew CaledoniaMont-Dore
New ZealandAlex FeneridisNew ZealandAuckland City
New ZealandJake ButlerNew ZealandWaitakere United
New ZealandChad CoombesNew ZealandWaitakere United
Papua New GuineaRaymond GunembaPapua New GuineaHekari United
Solomon IslandsGagame FeniSolomon IslandsSolomon Warriors
Solomon IslandsJoses NawoVanuatuAmicale
22FijiLaisenia Raura NaiokoFijiBa1
FijiAbbu Zahid ShaheedFijiBa
FijiAvinesh SuwamyFijiBa
New CaledoniaLoïc BessièresNew CaledoniaMont-Dore
New CaledoniaDan VakieNew CaledoniaMont-Dore
WalesChris BaleNew ZealandAuckland City
SpainAlbert RieraNew ZealandAuckland City
ArgentinaEmiliano TadeNew ZealandAuckland City
South AfricaRyan De VriesNew ZealandWaitakere United
Papua New GuineaNigel DabingyabaPapua New GuineaHekari United
Papua New GuineaKema JackPapua New GuineaHekari United
Solomon IslandsJoachim WaroiPapua New GuineaHekari United
Solomon IslandsKidston BillySolomon IslandsSolomon Warriors
Solomon IslandsMicah Lea'alafaSolomon IslandsSolomon Warriors
French PolynesiaSteevy Chong HueFrench PolynesiaDragon
French PolynesiaSylvain GragliaFrench PolynesiaDragon
French PolynesiaAndre TeikihakaupokoFrench PolynesiaDragon
French PolynesiaNicolas VallarFrench PolynesiaDragon
VanuatuAlphonse BongnaimVanuatuAmicale
VanuatuDominique FredVanuatuAmicale
SenegalPapa GueyeVanuatuAmicale
Own goals
1New ZealandIvan VicelichNew ZealandAuckland City1French PolynesiaDragon

See also

  • 2013 FIFA Club World Cup


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