New Zealand home soccer champions Auckland Metropolis have been nominated to characterize Oceania at subsequent yr’s FIFA Membership World Cup in Qatar.
The winner of the OFC Champions League usually attends the profitable occasion however this yr’s regional championship was cancelled following the group stage because of the Covid-19 pandemic.
Auckland Metropolis had been amongst eight groups to advance to the quarterfinal stage earlier than the event was scrapped, together with fellow group winners Japanese Suburbs (New Zealand), Malampa Revivors (Vanuatu) and AS Magenta (New Caledonia).
OFC’s Govt Committee has nominated Auckland Metropolis FC because the Confederation’s consultant to take part in subsequent yr’s FIFA Membership World Cup
— OFC Oceania Soccer (@OFCfootball) November 19, 2020
The event rules rank every crew after the group stage so as of factors gained, purpose distinction, after which complete targets scored, with the Navy Blues main the way in which after topping Group D with three straight wins and 9 unanswered targets.
OFC Normal Secretary, Franck Castillo, was grateful for the assist of the Govt Committee who made a swift choice.
“Whereas we’d have cherished to have accomplished this yr’s instalment of the OFC Champions League, Covid-19 made it not possible,” he mentioned.
“We wish to present OFC’s consultant the absolute best alternative to organize for the FIFA Membership World Cup, regardless of the difficult circumstances posed by the coronavirus pandemic.”
FIFA introduced this week the Membership World Cup had been rescheduled from December to February subsequent yr.
Auckland Metropolis are probably the most profitable membership in Oceania, having gained the OFC Champions League on 9 events, and recorded a greatest ever end of third on the Membership World Cup in 2014.
Hienghène Sport from New Caledonia are the newest Champions League winners after defeating native rivals AS Magenta in an all-Francophone ultimate 18 months in the past.