2020 OFC U-16 Championship

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2020 OFC U-16 Championship
Tournament details
Host countryFiji
DatesTBD
Teams10 (from 1 confederation)
Venue(s)TBC (in TBC host cities)
2018
2022

The 2020 OFC U-16 Championship will be the 19th edition of the OFC U-16/U-17 Championship, the biennial international youth football championship organised by the Oceania Football Confederation (OFC) for the men's under-16/under-17 national teams of Oceania.

The tournament was originally scheduled to be held in Fiji in September 2020.[1] However, on 28 July 2020, the OFC announced that the tournament had been postponed to April 2021 due to the COVID-19 pandemic,[2] provisionally between 10 and 25 April 2021, as the 2021 OFC U-17 Championship.[3] On 16 December 2020, the OFC announced the tournament had been postponed but would be required to be completed by 5 July 2021, the deadline for team nominations at the 2021 FIFA U-17 World Cup in Peru, scheduled for September 2021, of which the top two teams of the tournament will qualify for as the OFC representatives.[4]

New Zealand are the seven-time defending champions.

Teams[edit]

Ten of the 11 FIFA-affiliated national teams from the OFC are eligible to enter the tournament. The Solomon Islands have been banned from entering a team in this edition due to fielding at least one ineligible player in the 2018 OFC U-16 Championship.[5]

Starting from this edition, male youth tournaments no longer have a four-team qualifying stage, and all teams compete in one tournament.[6]

Note: All appearance statistics include those in the qualifying stage (2017 and 2018).

Team Appearance Previous best performance
 American Samoa 9th Group stage (1999, 2001, 2003, 2011, 2015)
 Cook Islands 10th Group stage (1997, 1999, 2003, 2005, 2011, 2013, 2015)
 Fiji (hosts) 18th Runners-up (1999)
 New Caledonia 12th Runners-up (2003, 2013, 2017)
 New Zealand 17th Champions (1997, 2007, 2009, 2011, 2013, 2015, 2017, 2018)
 Papua New Guinea 10th Semi-finals (2017), Fourth place (1986)
 Samoa 9th Group stage (1997, 1999, 2001, 2003, 2015, 2017, 2018)
 Tahiti 14th Runners-up (2007, 2009, 2011, 2015)
 Tonga 10th Group stage (1999, 2001, 2003, 2005, 2011, 2015)
 Vanuatu 15th Runners-up (2005)
Banned

Venues[edit]

To be confirmed.

Squads[edit]

Players born on or after 1 January 2004 are eligible to compete in the tournament.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Hosts confirmed for 2020 Youth Tournaments". Oceania Football Confederation. 26 February 2020. Retrieved 4 March 2020.
  2. ^ "OFC tournaments update". Oceania Football Confederation. 28 July 2020.
  3. ^ "OFC U-17 Championship 2021". Oceania Football Confederation.
  4. ^ "More calendar changes for 2021". Oceania Football Confederation. 16 December 2020.
  5. ^ "Solomon Islands Football Federation and player sanctioned". Oceania Football Confederation. 13 December 2019. Retrieved 14 December 2019.
  6. ^ "OFC male youth tournaments continue to evolve". Oceania Football Confederation. 3 April 2020.

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