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Oceania Football Confederation

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

Oceania Football Confederation
Oceania Football Confederation logo.svg
Oceania Football Confederation member associations map.svg
Abbreviation OFC
Formation 1966; 52 years ago (1966)
Type Sports organisation
Headquarters Auckland, New Zealand
Membership
14 member associations (11 full)
Official language
English
Lambert Maltock
acting
Parent organization
FIFA
Website www.oceaniafootball.com

OFC is predominantly made up of island nations where association football is not the most popular sport. Consequently, the OFC has little influence in the wider football world,[citation needed] 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.

David Chung has been the President of OFC until April 2018. Rajesh Patel is the Senior Vice President, Lee Harmon is the Vice-President while Tai Nicholas is the General Secretary.[1]

Oceania is the only confederation to have not had at least one international title (AFC has won the Women's World Cup, CAF has enjoyed Olympic success, and members of the CONCACAF have won the Confederations Cup as well enjoyed successes in the Women's World Cup), the best result being Australia making the final of the 1997 Confederations Cup.

Contents

Member nationsEdit

Current membersEdit

OFC is made up of 11 full member associations and 3 associate members. Those three are associate members of the OFC, but are not FIFA members.[2]

Code Association National teams Founded Membership FIFA
affiliation
OFC
affiliation
IOC
member
ASA   American Samoa (M, W) 1984 Full 1998 1998 Yes [Note 1]
COK   Cook Islands (M, W) 1971 Full 1994 1994 Yes [Note 2]
FIJ   Fiji (M, W) 1938 Full 1964 1966 Yes
KIR   Kiribati (M, W) 1980 Associate N/A 2007 Yes
NCL   New Caledonia (M, W) 1928 Full 2004 2004 No [Note 3]
NZL   New Zealand (M, W) 1891 Full 1948 1966 Yes
NIU   Niue (M, W) 1960 Associate N/A 2006 No [Note 2]
PNG   Papua New Guinea (M, W) 1962 Full 1966 1966 Yes
SAM   Samoa (M, W) 1968 Full 1986 1986 Yes
SOL   Solomon Islands (M, W) 1979 Full 1988 1988 Yes
TAH   Tahiti (M, W) 1989 Full 1990 1990 Yes [Note 3]
TGA   Tonga (M, W) 1965 Full 1994 1994 Yes
TUV   Tuvalu (M, W) 1979 Associate N/A 2006 Yes
VAN   Vanuatu (M, W) 1934 Full 1988 1988 Yes

NotesEdit

  1. ^ Unincorporated territory of the United States
  2. ^ a b Free associated state with New Zealand
  3. ^ a b Collectivity of France

Former membersEdit

Israel entered OFC World Cup qualification in 1986 and 1990 due to political reasons, though it never became a formal OFC member.

Non-membersEdit

Several sovereign states or dependencies in Oceania have national teams with no affiliation. All play infrequently and may have been inactive for several years. There are also some which do not have a national team.

Sovereign states and dependencies with territory in Oceania but are members of other federations:
Asian Football Confederation

HistoryEdit

The confederation formed in 1966 with the following as founding members[4]:

Australia resigned as an OFC member in 1972 to pursue membership with the AFC, but they rejoined in 1978.[5][6] Chinese Taipei were an OFC member from 1975 to 1989. In 1996 FIFA confirmed the OFC as a full confederation and granted it a seat on the FIFA executive.[7] In 1998 the OFC unveiled a new logo and an official magazine, entitled The Wave. On 24 May 2004, New Caledonia became the 12th member of the OFC. On 1 January 2006, Australia left the OFC again and joined the Asian Football Confederation. In 2008 an associate member, the Northern Mariana Islands Football Association, also left the OFC and in 2009 joined the AFC as a quasi-member. In late 2009 the Palau Soccer Association also applied for the same status with the AFC.[8]

PresidentsEdit

CompetitionsEdit

FIFA World Cup qualifiersEdit

Oceania has sent representatives to the FIFA World Cup four times: Australia in 1974 and 2006, and New Zealand in 1982 and 2010. (Australia has additionally qualified three times since leaving the OFC for the AFC following the 2006 FIFA World Cup: 2010, 2014 and 2018.) Neither Australia in 1974 nor New Zealand in 1982 and 2010 progressed beyond the first round. Of the four teams, only Australia in 2006 advanced to the second round.

The 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
  1930 No teams from Oceania entered
  1934
  1938
  1950
  1954
  1958
  1962
  1966 No OFC team qualified Entered in Africa and Asia
  1970 Entered in Asia
  1974   Australia Group stage 14th 3 0 1 2 0 5 Entered in Asia
  1978 No OFC team qualified Entered in Asia
  1982   New Zealand Group stage 23rd 3 0 0 3 2 12 Entered in Asia
  1986 No OFC team qualified Round-robin
Play-off
  1990 First round
Second round
Play-off
  1994 First Round
Second Round
1st play-off
2nd play-off
  1998 First Round
Second Round
Third Round
Play-off
    2002 First Round
Second Round
Play-off
  2006   Australia[n 1] Round of 16 16th 4 1 1 2 5 6 First Round
Second Round
Third Round
Play-off
  2010   New Zealand Group stage 22nd 3 0 3 0 2 2 First Round
Second Round
Play-off
  2014 No OFC team qualified First Round
Second Round
Third Round
Play-off
  2018 First Round
Second Round
Third Round
Play-off
  2022 To be determined
      2026
Total 4/20 Round of 16 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 1 January 2006.

OFC play-off recordEdit

1970 AFC–OFC Final Round

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

1974 AFC–OFC Final Round

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

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   2–0   Australia 2–0 0–0

1990 CONMEBOL–OFC play-off

Team 1 Agg. Team 2 1st leg 2nd leg
Colombia   1–0   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   3–3 (P)   Australia 2–1 1–2

1994 CONMEBOL–OFC play-off

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

1998 AFC–OFC play-off

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

2002 CONMEBOL–OFC play-off

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

2006 CONMEBOL–OFC play-off

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

2010 AFC–OFC play-off

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

2014 CONCACAF–OFC play-off

Team 1 Agg. Team 2 1st leg 2nd leg
Mexico   9–3   New Zealand 5–1 4–2

2018 CONMEBOL–OFC play-off

Team 1 Agg. Team 2 1st leg 2nd leg
New Zealand   0–2   Peru 0–0 0–2

FIFA U-20 World CupEdit

FIFA U-17 World CupEdit

Women's World Cup FinalsEdit

Australia is no longer an OFC member since 2006, when they joined the AFC.

Team  
1991
 
1995
 
1999
 
2003
 
2007
 
2011
 
2015
Total
  Australia GS GS GS part of AFC 3
  New Zealand GS GS GS GS 4

FIFA Confederations CupEdit

Legend
  • 1st – Champions
  • 2nd – Runners-up
  • 3rd – Third place
  • 4th – Fourth place
  • GS – Group stage
  • Q — Qualified for upcoming tournament
  • q — Qualified; tournament in progress
  •  ••  — 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
 
1995
 
1997
 
1999
 
2001
 
 
2003
 
2005
 
2009
 
2013
 
2017
 
2021
 
Total
  Australia × × 2nd 3rd GS 3
  New Zealand GS GS GS GS 4
  Tahiti GS 1
Total 0 0 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 8

FIFA Futsal World CupEdit

Legend
  • 1st — Champions
  • 2nd — Runners-up
  • 3rd — Third place
  • 4th — Fourth place
  • QF — Quarterfinals
  • R2 — Round 2 (1989–2008, second group stage, top 8; 2012–present: knockout round of 16)
  • R1 — Round 1
  • Q — Qualified for upcoming tournament
  •    — Hosts
Nation 1989
 
1992
 
1996
 
2000
 
2004
 
2008
 
2012
 
2016
 
Years
  Australia R1 R1 R1 R1 R1 5
  Solomon Islands R1 R1 R1 3
Nations 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1

FIFA Beach Soccer World CupEdit

Legend
  • 1st — Champions
  • 2nd — Runners-up
  • 3rd — Third place
  • 4th — Fourth place
  • QF — Quarterfinals (1999–2001, 2004–present)
  • R1 — Round 1
  • q — Qualified for upcoming tournament
  •  ••  — Qualified but withdrew
  •  •  — Did not qualify
  •     — Hosts
Nation  
1995
 
1996
 
1997
 
1998
 
1999
 
2000
 
2001
 
2002
 
2003
 
2004
 
2005
 
2006
 
2007
 
2008
 
2009
 
2011
 
2013
 
2015
 
2017
Years
  Australia R1
9th
1
  Solomon Islands R1
12th
R1
16th
R1
12th
R1
13th
R1
11th
5
  Tahiti R1
12th
4th 2nd 2nd 4
Nations 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 1 1 1 1 2 1 1

National Team rankingsEdit

  • Last updates:
    • Men's national teams – 7 June 2018 –[9]
    • Women's national teams – 7 June 2018 –[10]
Top men's national teams
Rankings are calculated by FIFA.
Top women's national teams
Rankings are calculated by FIFA.
OFC FIFA Nation Points OFC FIFA Nation Points
1 120   New Zealand 256 1 20   New Zealand 1810
2 143   Solomon Islands 190 2 148**   Papua New Guinea 1473
3 154   New Caledonia 150   Fiji 1292
4 157   Tahiti 130   Tonga 1258
5 117   Vanuatu 117   New Caledonia 1252
6 165   Fiji 104   Tahiti 1238
7 166   Papua New Guinea 103   Cook Islands 1185
8 192   American Samoa 38   Solomon Islands 1144
9 192   Cook Islands 38   Vanuatu 1139
10 197   Samoa 32   Samoa 1138
11 205   Tonga 0   American Samoa 1075
  • * – Provisionally listed due to not having played more than five matches against officially ranked teams
  • ** – Inactive for more than 18 months and therefore not ranked

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Oceania Football Confederation - OFC Home". oceaniafootball.com. Archived from the original on 9 February 2013. Retrieved 14 March 2017. 
  2. ^ "Member Associations". Oceania Football. Oceania Football Confederation. 
  3. ^ "Oceania Football Confederation - Content". archive.org. 6 October 2009. Archived from the original on 6 October 2009. Retrieved 14 March 2017. 
  4. ^ A Dictionary of Sports Studies. ISBN 019921381X. 
  5. ^ OFC History oceaniafootball.com
  6. ^ "Oceania admit Taiwan and Aussies quit". Reuters, UPI. The Straits Times. 1 March 1976. 
  7. ^ FIFA.com. "FIFA Congress - FIFA.com". fifa.com. Retrieved 14 March 2017. 
  8. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2012-02-07. Retrieved 2012-03-27. 
  9. ^ FIFA.com. "The FIFA/Coca-Cola World Ranking - Ranking Table - Oceanian Zone - FIFA.com". fifa.com. Retrieved 2 July 2018. 
  10. ^ FIFA.com. "The FIFA Women's World Ranking - Oceanian Zone - FIFA.com". fifa.com. Retrieved 2 July 2018. 

See alsoEdit

External linksEdit