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Format change in store for O-League

Since the inception of the ‘O-League’ – which replaced the defunct OFC Club Championship as the Pacific’s premier club competition in 2007 – the tournament has been contested by teams split into two groups of three or four who have played each other under a league system on a home-and-away basis.

The top-placed team from each group have then gone on to meet in a two-legged final for a place at the FIFA Club World Cup.

For the past four seasons, the O-League has kicked off in late October or early November while the two-legged final has been staged in April or May.

This format will come to an end for the 2013 edition however and several other options are currently being considered.

The options will be discussed at the next OFC Executive Committee meeting – scheduled to take place in Noumea, New Caledonia, on November 23 or 24 – and the participating clubs will then be informed of the decision.

This information will be released to the media and wider public in due course following the meeting.

The OFC Champions League is contested by the champion clubs of seven OFC member associations and the 2013 participants have already been found. The teams and their respective countries are as follows: Amicale (Vanuatu), Auckland City (New Zealand), Ba (Fiji), Dragon (Tahiti), Hekari United (Papua New Guinea), Mont-Dore (New Caledonia), Solomon Warriors (Solomon Islands) and Waitakere United (New Zealand).

Auckland City are the defending champions of the OFC Champions League after defeating Tahiti’s Tefana in the final of the 2012 edition and will represent Oceania at the upcoming 2012 FIFA Club World Cup, which takes place in Japan from December 6 to 16.

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