OFC Men’s Champions League 2011

Auckland City FC celebrates winning a place in the FIFA Club World Cup Japan 2011. O-League Final 2nd Leg, Auckland City FC v Amicale, Kiwitea Street Auckland, Sunday 17th April 2011. Photo: Shane Wenzlick

The 10th edition of the OFC Champions League took place in 2011 and was contested by eight clubs. Again two clubs from New Zealand, alongside the league champions from Fiji, New Caledonia, Papua New Guinea, Tahiti, Vanuatu, and the Solomon Islands qualified for the competition.

The format consisted of two groups of four where each team played each other twice home-and-away, before the top team in each group progressed to a two-legged final. In a tight Group A, Amicale FC emerged to top the group by a solitary point over Kolale FC and qualified for the final. Auckland City FC joined them from Group B with an unbeaten record.

Amicale’s Jack Wetney. O-League Final 2nd Leg, Auckland City FC v Amicale, Kiwitea Street Auckland, Sunday 17th April 2011. Photo: Shane Wenzlick

The two clubs met in a two-legged final, with a late goal from Luis Corrales earning Auckland City an early advantage after a 2-1 victory away on the road in Port Vila. They went on to close out the tie with a comfortable 4-0 win over Amicale at Kiwitea Street, claiming a 6-1 victory on aggregate and securing Auckland City FC a third OFC Champions League title. Auckland City went on to represent OFC at the 2011 FIFA Club World Cup in Japan, but fell at the first hurdle with a 0-2 loss to host club Kashiwa Reysol.

Auckland’s Adam McGeorge celebrates his goal. O-League Final 2nd Leg, Auckland City FC v Amicale, Kiwitea Street Auckland, Sunday 17th April 2011. Photo: Shane Wenzlick