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Path To World Cup Glory Laid Out For U17s

The 11 nations seeking to qualify for the FIFA Under-17 World Cup in Chile now know the path they must take to get there after the conducting of the official
19 Nov 2014 07:55

The 11 nations seeking to qualify for the FIFA Under-17 World Cup in Chile now know the path they must take to get there after the conducting of the official draw for the OFC U17 Championship.

The tournament will be held on the islands of American Samoa and Samoa, from January 13- 27 and will involve both host nations, Cook Islands, Fiji, New Caledonia, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea, Tahiti, Tonga, Solomon Islands and Vanuatu who will all be battling it out for the one place on offer at Chile from October to November next year.

It is only the second time all 11 OFC member associations have entered an Oceania competition since 2006.

The official draw for the OFC U17 Championship was conducted at the OFC headquarters in Auckland, New Zealand, by OFC Head of Competitions Michael Song with the assistance of members of the OFC General Secretariat and before guests from New Zealand Football.

The teams will play each other once in a round robin tournament based on a league system with the top two teams advancing to the semi-finals in Pagopago.

The competition concludes with a one-off final in Pagopago on January 27.

New Zealand’s Young All Whites are the defending champions of Oceania at U17 level after earning the title in 2013 and going on to compete at that year’s FIFA U-17 World Cup in UAE.

Fiji is in Group A with New Zealand, Papua New Guinea, New Caledonia, Cook Islands and Samoa.

Their first game will be on January 13 against New Zealand at JS Blatter Complex in Samoa.

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