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|Host country|| Tonga (preliminary stage)|
Vanuatu (final stage)
|Dates||21–27 June 2016 (preliminary stage)|
3–17 September 2016 (final stage)
|Teams||8 (final stage)|
11 (total) (from 1 confederation)
|Venue(s)||2 (in 2 host cities)|
|Champions||New Zealand (6th title)|
|Goals scored||67 (3.19 per match)|
|Top scorer(s)|| Dwayne Tiputoa|
(5 goals each)
|Best player(s)||Myer Bevan|
|Best goalkeeper||Michael Woud|
|Fair play award||Solomon Islands|
The 2016 OFC U-20 Championship was the 21st edition of the OFC U-20 Championship, the biennial international youth football tournament organized by the Oceania Football Confederation (OFC) for players aged 19 and below (despite the name remaining as U-20 Championship). This year, the tournament was held in Vanuatu for the first time by itself (second time overall).
Despite the name remaining as U-20 Championship, the age limit was reduced by a year to 19 years of age. So players who wanted to participate in the tournament needed to be born on or after 1 January 1997. At an OFC Executive Committee meeting held at its Auckland headquarters in November 2013 the competition format was modified. The competition was brought forward a year and the age limit was lowered to 19 years of age. The changes were made in order to allow the winner of the competition plenty of time for preparation and player development for upcoming World Cups at Under 20 level.
The qualification structure is as follows:
- First round: American Samoa, Cook Islands, Samoa and Tonga played a round-robin tournament in Tonga. The winner qualified for the tournament.
- Tournament (2016 OFC U-20 Championship): A total of eight teams (Fiji, New Caledonia, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands, Tahiti, Vanuatu, and the first round winner) played the tournament in Vanuatu. For the group stage, they were divided into two groups of four teams. The top two teams of each group advanced to the knockout stage (semi-finals and final) to decide the winner of the 2016 OFC U-20 Championship and the two teams that qualified for the 2017 FIFA U-20 World Cup.
All 11 FIFA-affiliated national teams from the OFC entered qualification.
|Seeding||Teams||No. of teams|
|First round entrants||4|
|Second round entrants||7|
Main article: 2016 OFC U-20 Championship squads
|Port Vila Municipal Stadium||Luganville Soccer City Stadium|
2016 OFC U-20 Championship (Vanuatu)
The preliminary tournament was hosted by Tonga between 21 and 27 June 2016. The winner qualified for the final tournament.
Four referees and four assistant referees were named for the preliminary round of the tournament.
All times are local, TOT (UTC+13).
|1||Cook Islands||3||2||1||0||7||1||+6||7||Second round|
|Po'oi 51'||Report||C. Tiputoa 77'|
Tunupopo 64', 75'
|Likiliki 10'||Report||Fiso 6'|
|Report||D. Tiputoa 85'|
|Cook Islands||5–0||American Samoa|
D. Tiputoa 54', 59', 72'
The draw was held on 22 June 2016. The eight teams were drawn into two groups of four teams. There was no seeding, except that hosts Vanuatu were assigned to position A1 in the draw. The top two teams of each group advanced to the semi-finals.
All times are local, VUT (UTC+11).
|1||Vanuatu (H)||3||3||0||0||5||1||+4||9||Knockout stage|
|4||Papua New Guinea||3||0||1||2||3||8||−5||1|
|Papua New Guinea||1–4||New Caledonia|
|Awi 34'||Report||Watrone 56'
Gope-Fenepej 68' (pen.)
|Gope-Fenepej 68'||Report||Jennings 25'|
|Vanuatu||3–1||Papua New Guinea|
|Wilkins 50' (pen.)
|Fiji||1–1||Papua New Guinea|
|Catarogo 71'||Report||Dabinyaba 35'|
|Report||Wilkins 90+1' (pen.)|
|1||New Zealand||3||2||1||0||7||1||+6||7||Knockout stage|
|New Zealand||3–0||Cook Islands|
|Bevan 30', 76', 90'||Report|
|Cook Islands||0–3||Solomon Islands|
Witney 56', 83'
|Petitgas 27'||Report||Dyer 39' (pen.)
|Solomon Islands||0–0||New Zealand|
|13 September – Luganville|
|17 September – Port Vila|
|13 September – Port Vila|
Winners qualified for 2017 FIFA U-20 World Cup.
|New Zealand||3–1||New Caledonia|
|Dyer 23', 30'
- 5 goals
- Dwayne Tiputoa
- Myer Bevan
- 4 goals
- Moses Dyer
- Pago Tunupopo
- 3 goals
- Lucas Imrie
- Albert Witney
- Heirauarii Salem
- Hemaloto Polovili
- 2 goals
- 1 goal
- Steven Fiso
- Kimiora Samuela
- Conroy Tiputoa
- Michael Wood
- France Catarogo
- Leroy Jennings
- Warren Houala
- Cyril Nypie
- Pothin Poma
- Albert Watrone
- Hunter Ashworth
- Reese Cox
- Clayton Lewis
- Alu Awi
- Peter Dabinyaba Jr.
- Gabby Yanum
- Timothy Hunt
- Frank Mariner
- Joe Gise
- Richard Raramo
- Augustine Waita
- Rayan Petitgas
- Marc Siejidr
- Sandro Tau
- Anthony Likiliki
- Talatala Po'oi
- Bong Kalo
- Frederick Massing
- Jason Thomas
The Golden Ball Award is awarded to the most outstanding player of the tournament. The Golden Glove Award is awarded to the best goalkeeper of the tournament. The Golden Boot Award is awarded to the top scorer of the tournament. The Fair Play Award is awarded to the team with the best disciplinary record at the tournament.
|Golden Ball||Myer Bevan|
|Golden Glove||Michael Woud|
|Golden Boot||Myer Bevan|
|Fair Play Award||Solomon Islands|
|Team||Qualified on||Previous appearances in tournament1|
|New Zealand||13 September 2016||4 (2007, 2011, 2013, 2015)|
|Vanuatu||13 September 2016||0 (Debut)|
- 1 Bold indicates champion for that year. Italic indicates host for that year.
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