OFC U-17 kick off times released

Tonga which is in Pool A will take on New Caledonia in the opening match of the OFC U-17 Women’s Championship in Cook Islands on 13 January, 2016.

This will be followed by New Zealand versus Samoa later in the afternoon.

Samoa clashes with Tonga on 15 January then Tonga meets New Zealand three days later. Samoa also meets New Caledonia on 18 January.

Vanuatu is in Pool B and will play its first game against Papua New Guinea on 14 January. The other two matches are against Fiji and hosts Cook Islands respectively.

The kick off times were announced by the Oceania Football Confederation.

Over the course of the first four match days the teams will alternate between kick-offs at 2.30pm and 5pm local, with all matches being held at the Cook Islands Football Association Academy.

Match Day 5 will see simultaneous kick-offs for the two groups, with the Group A games scheduled for 2pm ahead of the Group B encounters at 5pm with Takitumu School playing host to two of the day’s four games.

On the last day of action the Final will take place at 5pm, and is preceded by the Play-off for Third Place which gets underway at 2pm.

For the first time in the history of the competition eight teams will take part; hosts Cook Islands, Fiji, New Caledonia, New Zealand, Samoa, Tonga, Papua New Guinea and Vanuatu.

The winner of the 2016 OFC U-17 Women’s Championship qualifies for the FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup Jordan 2016.


Rita Narayan