Oceania Football Committee’s Executive has made the decision to postpone the OFC U-17 Women’s Championship tournament.

OFC General Secretary Franck Castillo said this was the sad reality of the coronavirus pandemic.

The Executive Committee has nominated New Zealand as OFC’s representative for the rescheduled FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup that is due to be played in India next year.

The OFC U-17 Women’s Championship was originally set to take place in Tahiti in December 2019 as the OFC U-16 Women’s Championship but was postponed due to the measles epidemic in the Pacific.

It was then rescheduled to April and renamed for this year to reflect player eligibility, but it was further postponed when OFC put all of their football activities on hold due to COVID-19.

Border restrictions remain in place throughout the Pacific and many football teams are unable to train together due to social distancing measures.

OFC General Secretary Franck Castillo said this was a sad reality of the coronavirus pandemic.

“We understand this is a deeply disappointing situation for all of
the players, coaches and officials involved but the health and safety of
the Pacific football community remains our top priority,” Castillo
said.

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