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Oceania Football Confederation
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Abbreviation OFC
Formation 15 November 1966
Type Sports organisation
Headquarters 22x20px Auckland, New Zealand
Membership 14 member associations
President 22x20px 22x20px David Chung
Website www.oceaniafootball.com

The Oceania Football Confederation (OFC) is one of the six continental confederations of international association football, consisting of New Zealand and island nations such as Tonga, Fiji and other Pacific Island countries. It promotes the game in Oceania and allows the member nations to qualify for the FIFA World Cup.

Of the six worldwide confederations, the OFC is by far the smallest and is predominantly made up of island nations where football is not the most popular sport. Consequently, the OFC has little influence in the wider football world, either in terms of international competition or as a source of players for high-profile club competitions. In 2006, the OFC's largest and most successful nation, Australia, left to join the Asian Football Confederation, leaving New Zealand as the largest federation within the OFC.

Member nationsEdit

OFC is made up of 11 full member associations and 3 associate members.[1]

1. Associate member of the OFC, but non-FIFA member.</br>

HistoryEdit

The confederation formed in 1966 with the following as founding members:

In 1996 FIFA confirmed the OFC confirmed as a full confederation and granted it a seat on the FIFA executive. In 1998 the OFC unveiled a new logo and an official magazine, entitled The Wave. On May 24, 2004 New Caledonia became the 11th member of the OFC. On January 1, 2006, Australia left the OFC and joined the Asian Football Confederation. In 2008 an associate member, the Northern Mariana Islands Football Association, also left OFC and in 2009 joined AFC as a quasi-member. In late 2009 Palau Soccer Association also applied for the same status with AFC.[2]

CompetitionsEdit

The winner of the OFC Football World Cup Qualifiers was allowed to compete in a two-legged home-and-away playoff with the team ranked fifth in the South American qualifying competition for a place in the 2006 World Cup. Since 1996, OFC members also play for the OFC Nations Cup, which is held every second year.

The OFC also organises the Oceania Club Championship, a competition that has received surprisingly high levels of media support within New Zealand in its debut season. It serves primarily to determine the Oceania representative at the FIFA Club World Cup. In 2007, the OFC replaced the current club competition with the OFC Champions League which began in 2007. From 2007, the winner has no longer gained direct entry to the FIFA Club World Cup - but instead plays off against the host nation (currently Japan) champion for the final spot in the tournament. It is not clear whether this is permanent, or even if it could change if the Oceania entrant were to outperform entrants from other Confederations.

Of the federation's current teams, only New Zealand has ever competed on the world stage from the confederation, competing in the 1982 and 2010 World Cups. Ex-founding member Australia has also competed in the World Cup finals, in 1974, 2006. At the conclusion of Germany 2006, Australia's exit from the OFC was finalised (exiting formally on the 1 January 2006), being the last commitment of the transition before completely joining the Asian Football Confederation. The other minor exception to this has been the participation of the Solomon Islands in the 2006, 2007 and 2008 FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup.

In the 2004 OFC Nations Cup, which doubled as the Oceania qualifying tournament for the 2006 FIFA World Cup, the Solomon Islands unexpectedly made the finals after a 2–2 draw with Australia at the last round. This effectively denied New Zealand a place in the third group phase by one group point as Vanuatu had beaten New Zealand 4–2 in an early round upset of the second group phase. Australia won OFC Nation Cup final by beating the Solomons 5–1 in Honiara and 6–0 in Sydney to represent OFC in the FIFA Confederations Cup in Germany 2005 The two teams met again in a two-legged World Cup qualifying final in September 2005 for the right to play the OFC representative for a place in the World Cup finals; Australia won 9–1 on aggregate (7–0 at home and 2–1 away) and progressed to the CONMEBOL – OFC play-off. Australia won this playoff on penalties after a 1–1 aggregate score after both legs of the playoff and after extra time, and qualified for the World Cup.

List of competitionsEdit

FemaleEdit

FutsalEdit

Beach SoccerEdit

FIFA World Cup QualifiersEdit

Oceania has sent representatives to the Men's World Cup four times: Australia in 1974 and 2006, and New Zealand in 1982 and 2010. However, Australia was not a member of the confederation in 1974, having withdrawn in order to apply to join the Asian Football Confederation. It rejoined the OFC in 1978. Neither Australia in 1974 nor New Zealand in 1982 progressed beyond the first round, while Australia in 2006 advanced to the second round. OFC is the only FIFA confederation that does not have a guaranteed spot in the World Cup finals (a major reason for Australia's leaving the confederation in 2006 to join Asia). Between 1966 and 1982, OFC teams joined the Asian zone qualification tournament, while from 1986 onwards, the winners of the Oceanian zone qualification tournament have to enter the Intercontinental Play-offs against teams from other confederations in order to gain a spot in the FIFA World Cup finals.

Senior OFC teams recordEdit

OFC FIFA World Cup record
Year Qualifier Round Position GP W D* L GS GA Format
22x20px 1930
(1st)
No teams from Oceania entered
22x20px 1934
(2nd)
22x20px 1938
(3rd)
22x20px 1950
(4th)
22x20px 1954
(5th)
22x20px 1958
(6th)
22x20px 1962
(7th)
22x20px 1966
(8th)
No OFC Team Qualified Entered in Africa and Asia.
22x20px 1970
(9th)
Entered in Asia.
22x20px 1974
(10th)
22x20px Australia Group Stage 14th 3 0 1 2 0 5 Entered in Asia.
22x20px 1978
(11th)
No OFC Team Qualified Entered in Asia.
22x20px 1982
(12th)
22x20px New Zealand Group Stage 23rd 3 0 0 3 2 12 Entered in Asia.
22x20px 1986
(13th)
No OFC Team Qualified Round-Robin
Play-off.
22x20px 1990
(14th)
First Round
Second Round
Play-off.
22x20px 1994
(15th)
1st Play-off and 2nd Play-off.
22x20px 1998
(16th)
Play-off.
22x20px 22x20px 2002
(17th)
Play-off.
22x20px 2006
(18th)
22x20px Australia[n 1] Round of 16 16th 4 1 1 2 5 6 Play-off.
22x20px 2010
(19th)
22x20px New Zealand Group Stage 22nd 3 0 3 0 2 2 Play-off.
22x20px 2014
(20th)
To Be Determined Play-off.
22x20px 2018
(21st)
To Be Determined
22x20px 2022
(22nd)
Total Best: Round of 16 4/19 13 1 5 7 9 25
  1. Australia qualified through OFC qualifying competition however the Football Federation Australia officially left the OFC and joined the AFC on January 1, 2006.

OFC Play-off RecordEdit

1970 AFC – OFC Final Round

Team 1   Agg.   Team 2   1st leg     2nd leg  
Israel 22x20px 2–1 22x20px Australia 1–0 1–1

1974 AFC – OFC Final Round

Team 1   Agg.   Team 2   1st leg     2nd leg  
Australia 22x20px 2–21 22x20px South Korea 2–2 0–0

1 Australia beat South Korea 1–0 in a play-off to qualify for the FIFA World Cup.

1986 UEFA – OFC play-off

Team 1   Agg.   Team 2   1st leg     2nd leg  
Scotland 22x20px 2–0 22x20px Australia 2–0 0–0

1990 CONMEBOL – OFC play-off

Team 1   Agg.   Team 2   1st leg     2nd leg  
Colombia 22x20px 1–0 22x20px Israel 1–0 0–0

Israel played in the OFC zone for political reasons

1994 CONCACAF – OFC play-off

Team 1   Agg.   Team 2   1st leg     2nd leg  
Canada 22x20px 3–3 (P) 22x20px Australia 2–1 1–2

1994 CONMEBOL – OFC play-off

Team 1   Agg.   Team 2   1st leg     2nd leg  
Australia 22x20px 1–2 22x20px Argentina 1–1 0–1

1998 AFC – OFC play-off

Team 1   Agg.   Team 2   1st leg     2nd leg  
Iran 22x20px (A) 3–3 22x20px Australia 1–1 2–2

2002 CONMEBOL – OFC play-off

Team 1   Agg.   Team 2   1st leg     2nd leg  
Australia 22x20px 1–3 22x20px Uruguay 1–0 0–3

2006 CONMEBOL – OFC play-off

Team 1   Agg.   Team 2   1st leg     2nd leg  
Uruguay 22x20px 1–1 (P) 22x20px Australia 1–0 0–1

2010 AFC – OFC play-off

Team 1   Agg.   Team 2   1st leg     2nd leg  
Bahrain 22x20px 0–1 22x20px New Zealand 0–0 0–1

FIFA U-20 World CupEdit

FIFA U-17 World CupEdit

FIFA Confederations Cup QualifiersEdit

Oceania has sent representatives to the FIFA Confederations Cup six times: Australia in 1997, 2001 and 2005, and New Zealand in 1999, 2003 and 2009. However, Australia was a member of the OFC until 2006.

OFC FIFA Confederations Cup record
Year Qualifier Round Position GP W D* L GS GA
22x20px 1992
(1st)
No teams from Oceania entered
22x20px 1995
(2nd)
22x20px 1997
(3rd)
22x20px Australia Runners-up 2nd 5 2 1 2 4 8
22x20px 1999
(4th)
22x20px New Zealand Group Stage 8th 3 0 0 3 1 6
22x20px 22x20px 2001
(5th)
22x20px Australia Third Place 3rd 5 3 0 2 4 2
22x20px 2003
(6th)
22x20px New Zealand Group Stage 8th 3 0 0 3 1 11
22x20px 2005
(7th)
22x20px Australia Group Stage 8th 3 0 0 3 5 10
22x20px 2009
(8th)
22x20px New Zealand Group Stage 8th 3 0 1 2 0 7
22x20px 2013
(9th)
22x20px Tahiti To Be Determined
22x20px 2017
(10th)
To Be Determined
22x20px 2021
(11th)
Total Best: Runners-up 6/8 13 5 2 15 15 44

Women's World Cup FinalsEdit

Team 22x20px
1991
22x20px
1995
22x20px
1999
22x20px
2003
22x20px
2007
22x20px
2011
Total
22x20px Australia GS GS GS 3
22x20px New Zealand GS GS GS 3

FIFA Confederations CupEdit

Legend
  • 1st – Champions
  • 2nd – Runners-up
  • 3rd – Third place
  • 4th – Fourth place
  • GS – Group stage
  • Q — Qualified for upcoming tournament
  •  ••  — Qualified but withdrew
  •  •  — Did not qualify
  •  ×  — Did not enter / Withdrew from the OFC Nations Cup or withdrew from the Confederations Cup / Banned
  •    — Hosts
Team 1992
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1995
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1997
22x20px
1999
22x20px
2001
22x20px
22x20px
2003
22x20px
2005
22x20px
2009
22x20px
2013
22x20px
2017
22x20px
2021
22x20px
Total
22x20px Australia × × 2nd 3rd GS 3
22x20px New Zealand GS GS GS 3
22x20px Tahiti q 1
Total 0 0 1 1 1 1 1 1 1

ReferencesEdit

External linksEdit


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