Football fans in both the northern and southern regions of Vanuatu will have the opportunity to see an Oceania nation qualify for the FIFA U-20 World Cup 2017 after Luganville and Port Vila were named as semi-final hosts today.
The winners of each semi-final at next month’s OFC U-20 Championship are guaranteed a spot on the world stage as OFC has two berths available to its Member Associations in next year’s flagship youth event.
The announcement of the semi-final venues coincides with the confirmation of the kick-off times.
The matches will kick off at 12pm and 3pm local time with Group A playing off in at Port Vila Stadium, while Group B will contest their games at Luganville Soccer City Stadium on the island of Santo.
The semi-final between the winner of Group B and the Group A runner-up will take place at Luganville Soccer City Stadium at 11am, followed by the Group A winner and Group B runner-up at Port Vila Stadium at 2.30pm.
The final will be held in the capital city with kick-off confirmed for 2.30pm.
The OFC U-20 Championship is the Confederation’s premier youth competition and involves all 11 OFC Member Associations, with four competing in the Preliminary and eight in the Championship.
The 2016 tournament will be the 21st edition of this event which for the first time, offers two berths for Oceania at the FIFA U-20 World Cup.
With 12 titles, former OFC Member Association Australia holds the record for the most wins in this age-group, while New Zealand, Tahiti and Fiji have also claimed regional victories over the 40-year history of the competition.
The 2016 OFC U-20 Championship will be held in Port Vila and Luganville in Vanuatu from 3-17 September 2016.
Papua New Guinea (PNG)
New Caledonia (NCL)
Solomon Islands (SOL)
New Zealand (NZL)
Cook Islands (COK)