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.

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, either in terms of international competition or as a source of players for high-profile club competitions. OFC is the only confederation to have not had at least one international title, the best result being Australia making the final of the 1997 Confederations Cup.

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 Football Confederation
Oceania Football Confederation logo
Oceania Football Confederation member associations map
AbbreviationOFC
Formation1966
TypeSports organisation
HeadquartersAuckland, New Zealand
Region served
Oceania (OFC)
Membership
14 member associations (11 full)
Official language
English
Lambert Maltock
acting
Parent organization
FIFA
Websitewww.oceaniafootball.com

Member nations

Current members

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 No [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

Notes

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

Former members

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

Non-members

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

History

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]

Presidents

Competitions

Current title holders

Competitions Champion Title Runner-Up Next edition
Clubs
OFC Champions League New Caledonia Hienghène Sport 1st New Caledonia Magenta 2019–20
OFC Futsal Champions League First edition in 2019 2019
Nations men
OFC Nations Cup New Zealand New Zealand 5th Papua New Guinea Papua New Guinea 2020
OFC U-23 Championship[a]  Fiji 1st  Vanuatu 2019
OFC U-20 Championship  New Zealand 7th  Tahiti 2020
OFC U-17 Championship  New Zealand 7th  Solomon Islands 2020
OFC Futsal Nations Cup[b]  Solomon Islands 5th  New Zealand 2019
OFC Youth Futsal Tournament  Solomon Islands 1st  New Zealand TBA
OFC Beach Soccer Nations Cup[c]  Tahiti 2nd  Solomon Islands 2021
Nations women
OFC Women's Nations Cup  New Zealand 6th  Fiji 2022
OFC U-20 Women's Championship  New Zealand 6th  Fiji 2019
OFC U-17 Women's Championship  New Zealand 4th  New Caledonia 2019
OFC Women's Olympic Qualifying Tournament[d]  New Zealand 3rd  Papua New Guinea TBA
OFC Youth Futsal Tournament  New Zealand 1st  Tonga TBA

OFC Competitions

National teams:

Defunct

FIFA World Cup qualifiers

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 the Australians 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 record

OFC FIFA World Cup record
Year Qualifier Round Position GP W D* L GS GA Format
Uruguay 1930 No teams from Oceania entered
Kingdom of Italy 1934
French Fourth Republic 1938
Second Brazilian Republic 1950
Switzerland 1954
Sweden 1958
Chile 1962
England 1966 No OFC team qualified Entered in Africa and Asia
Mexico 1970 Entered in Asia
West Germany 1974  Australia Group stage 14th 3 0 1 2 0 5 Entered in Asia
Argentina 1978 No OFC team qualified Entered in Asia
Spain 1982  New Zealand Group stage 23rd 3 0 0 3 2 12 Entered in Asia
Mexico 1986 No OFC team qualified Round-robin
Play-off
Italy 1990 First round
Second round
Play-off
United States 1994 First Round
Second Round
1st play-off
2nd play-off
France 1998 First Round
Second Round
Third Round
Play-off
South Korea Japan 2002 First Round
Second Round
Play-off
Germany 2006  Australia[n 1] Round of 16 16th 4 1 1 2 5 6 First Round
Second Round
Third Round
Play-off
South Africa 2010  New Zealand Group stage 22nd 3 0 3 0 2 2 First Round
Second Round
Play-off
Brazil 2014 No OFC team qualified First Round
Second Round
Third Round
Play-off
Russia 2018 First Round
Second Round
Third Round
Play-off
Qatar 2022 To be determined
Canada Mexico United States 2026
Total 4/23 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 record

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 Cup

FIFA U-17 World Cup

Women's World Cup Finals

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

Team China
1991
Sweden
1995
United States
1999
United States
2003
China
2007
Germany
2011
Canada
2015
France
2019
Total
 Australia GS GS GS part of AFC 3
 New Zealand GS GS GS GS GS 5

FIFA Confederations Cup

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
Saudi Arabia
1995
Saudi Arabia
1997
Saudi Arabia
1999
Mexico
2001
South Korea
Japan
2003
France
2005
Germany
2009
South Africa
2013
Brazil
2017
Russia
2021
Qatar
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 Cup

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
Netherlands
1992
Hong Kong
1996
Spain
2000
Guatemala
2004
Taiwan
2008
Brazil
2012
Thailand
2016
Colombia
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 Cup

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 Brazil
1995
Brazil
1996
Brazil
1997
Brazil
1998
Brazil
1999
Brazil
2000
Brazil
2001
Brazil
2002
Brazil
2003
Brazil
2004
Brazil
2005
Brazil
2006
Brazil
2007
France
2008
United Arab Emirates
2009
Italy
2011
French Polynesia
2013
Portugal
2015
The Bahamas
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

Rankings

Men's & women's national teams

  • Last updates:
    • Men's national teams – 20 December 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
1 122  New Zealand 1157 1 23  New Zealand 1766
2 144  Solomon Islands 1073 2 148**  Papua New Guinea 1473
3 154  New Caledonia 1036  Fiji 1292
4 157  Tahiti 1020  Tonga 1258
5 163  Vanuatu 996  New Caledonia 1252
6 168  Papua New Guinea 984  Tahiti 1238
7 169  Fiji 981  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

Beach soccer national teams

Last updates: 4 July 2019[11]

Men's national beach soccer teams
Rankings are calculated by BSWW.
OFC BSWW Nation Points
1 7  Tahiti 1890
2 35  Solomon Islands 407
3 42  Vanuatu 323
4 45  New Caledonia 260
5 56  Tonga 206
6 117  Fiji 0

References

  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.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  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.
  11. ^ "Overall World Ranking OCEANIA – OFC". Beach Soccer Worldwide. Retrieved 4 July 2019.

See also

External links

2016 OFC Nations Cup

The 2016 OFC Nations Cup was the 10th edition of the OFC Nations Cup, the quadrennial international men's football championship of Oceania organised by the Oceania Football Confederation (OFC). The tournament was played between 28 May and 11 June 2016 in Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea. The winner (New Zealand) qualified for the 2017 FIFA Confederations Cup in Russia.

Similar to the previous edition in 2012, the group stage of the tournament also doubled as the second round of the 2018 FIFA World Cup qualification tournament for the Oceania region. The top six teams of this tournament (i.e. the top three teams of each group in the group stage) advanced to the third round of World Cup qualifying, to be played between March and October 2017, with the winners of the third round proceeding to the inter-confederation play-offs in November 2017. This means that once again, the team that wins the qualifying competition and advances to the intercontinental play-off may be different from the team that wins the OFC Nations Cup and represents the OFC at the 2017 FIFA Confederations Cup.

The defending champions Tahiti, who had won their first title at the 2012 OFC Nations Cup, were eliminated in the Group stage.

Football Federation American Samoa

Football Federation American Samoa (FFAS) is the governing body for competitive football in the nation of American Samoa.

Football Federation Samoa

Football Federation Samoa is a member of the Oceania Football Confederation and is the national governing body for association football in Samoa. It was founded in 1968 and became a FIFA member in 1986. The Samoa national football team is a regular entrant into OFC competitions, including FIFA World Cup qualifying.

New Zealand Football

New Zealand Football is the governing body for the sport of association football in New Zealand. It oversees the seven New Zealand Football federations, as well as the New Zealand national football team (nicknamed the "All Whites"), the national junior and women's teams (nicknamed the "Football Ferns"), the men's and women's national Leagues ISPS Handa Premiership, National Women's League, and a number of tournaments, including the Chatham Cup and Women's Knockout Cup. A New Zealand team, Wellington Phoenix FC who plays in the Australian A-League also comes under New Zealand Football jurisdiction.

OFC Futsal Champions League

The OFC Futsal Champions League is a futsal competition for Oceanian club teams organized by the Oceania Football Confederation (OFC). The first edition will be held in December 2019 in New Zealand, with the champion futsal clubs from six nations expected to be represented.

OFC Futsal Championship

The OFC Futsal Championship is the main national futsal competition of the Oceania Football Confederation (OFC) nations. It was first held in 1992.

The competition was initially held every four years. From 2008 onwards, however, it became an annual tournament.Australia won every edition of the competition until it left the Oceania Football Confederation in 2006. Solomon Islands have won the three editions of the tournament which have taken place since then - including a decisive 8-1 victory over Fiji in the final of the 2009 edition. It is a qualification for the FIFA Futsal World Cup.

The original name was the OFC Futsal Championship, from 2019, the tournament will be known as the OFC Futsal Nations Cup.

OFC Nations Cup

The OFC Nations Cup is an international association football tournament held among the Oceania Football Confederation (OFC) member nations. It was held every two years from 1996 to 2004; before 1996 there were two other tournaments held at irregular intervals, under the name Oceania Nations Cup. No competition was held in 2006, but in the 2008 edition, which also acted as a qualification tournament for the 2009 FIFA Confederations Cup and for a play-off for the 2010 FIFA World Cup, the New Zealand national football team emerged as winners.

Historically, a very large gulf separated Australia and New Zealand from the smaller island competitors, and little attention was paid to the tournament by the rest of the football world. In fact, after the first eight editions the trophy had been won only by two teams: Australia and New Zealand. In the 2012 OFC Nations Cup, Tahiti became the first team other than Australia and New Zealand to be crowned Oceania champions.

Australia ceased to be a member of the OFC on 1 January 2006, having elected to join the Asian Football Confederation (AFC), and hence no longer participate in the tournament.

OFC President's Cup

The OFC President's Cup was an association football competition organised by the Oceania Football Confederation (OFC) between clubs and national teams. A decision to create this competition was confirmed at the OFC's Executive committee in March 2014. The inaugural competition was held in Auckland, New Zealand between 17 and 23 November 2014.

OFC U-16 Championship

The OFC U-16 Championship is a biennial football tournament for players under the age of 16. The tournament decides the only two qualification spots for the Oceania Football Confederation (OFC) and its representatives at the FIFA U-17 World Cup, which is held every two years.

Between 1983 and 2017, the competition was open to teams under 17 years of age and was called the OFC U-17 Championship. Since 2018, the age limit was reduced to under 16 years of age, the tournament is called the OFC U-16 Championship.

OFC U-16 Women's Championship

The OFC U-16 Women's Championship (previously the OFC U-17 Women's Championship or OFC Women's Under 17 Qualifying Tournament) an Oceanic association football tournament held to determine the team that will appear in the Women's U-17 World Cup. The competition is organised by the Oceania Football Confederation (OFC) and was first held in 2010.

There was no OFC qualifying tournament to the first world cup in 2008, as New Zealand classified automatically as hosts.The inaugural edition, held in New Zealand from 12 to 14 April 2010, was a group stage contested by only 4 of OFC's 11 teams to fill the only spot for the 2010 FIFA U-17 Women's World Cup. It was won by New Zealand, who won all their games without conceding a goal. The 2016 edition was the first to play a knock-out stage. New Zealand won its third title.The most recent edition held in August 2017 was an under-16 edition, and the tournament was called the OFC U-16 Women's Championship.

OFC U-19 Championship

The OFC U-19 Championship is a tournament held once every two years to decide the under-19 champions of Oceania and also decides who will represent Oceania Football Confederation (OFC) at the biennial FIFA U-20 World Cup.

Between 1974 and 2012, the competition was open to teams under 20 years of age and called the OFC U-20 Championship. Since 2014, the age limit was darkreduced to under 19 years of age, and since 2018, the tournament name was changed to the OFC U-19 Championship.

OFC U-19 Women's Championship

The OFC U-19 Women's Championship (previously the OFC U-20 Women's Championship or OFC Women's Under 20 Qualifying Tournament) is a football tournament held every two years to decide the only qualification spot for the Oceania Football Confederation (OFC) representative at the FIFA U-20 Women's World Championship.Until 2006 it was an under 19 tournament. The most recent edition for 1 to 15 July 2017 was again an U-19 tournament, and the tournament was called the OFC U-19 Women's Championship.

OFC Women's Nations Cup

The OFC Women's Nations Cup (previously known as the OFC Women's Championship) is a women's association football tournament for national teams who belong to the Oceania Football Confederation (OFC). It was held every three years from 1983 to 1989. Currently, the tournament is held at irregular intervals. Of the 11 tournaments that have been held, New Zealand won six of them.

The competition has served as a qualifying tournament for the FIFA Women's World Cup since 1991. In 2007, the competition took place in Papua New Guinea for the second time. Tonga and the Solomon Islands each took part for the first time in the four-team event, which was plagued by withdrawals from six squads.

The most recent edition was played in November 2018 in New Caledonia and was won by New Zealand for the sixth time.Only three nations have won the trophy: Australia (3 times), New Zealand (6 times) and Chinese Taipei (2 times).

Australia ceased to be a member of the OFC on January 1, 2006, having elected to join the Asian Football Confederation (AFC), and hence no longer participate in the tournament.

Papua New Guinea Football Association

The Papua New Guinea Football Association, PNGFA is the governing body of football (soccer) in Papua New Guinea.

The PNGFA is a member of both FIFA and OFC, having FIFA and OFC affiliation in 1966 after being founded in 1962. The PNGFA is a member of the Papua New Guinea Olympic Committee, meaning that the PNGFA has control over the men's and women's PNG Olympic football team.

In club football, they oversee the Papua New Guinea National Soccer League.

Polynesia Cup

The Polynesia Cup was a football tournament for Polynesian nations within the Oceania Football Confederation. It acted along with the Melanesia Cup as a qualifying tournament for the Oceania Nations Cup. The last tournament was played in 2000.

The tournament involved a round-robin format where every team played each other once at the location of the tournament.

Solomon Islands Football Federation

The Solomon Islands Football Federation is a member of the Oceania Football Confederation. The Solomon Islands national football team made history when they made it to the final Oceania stages of the 2006 World Cup Qualification against Australia. Before the tournament began it was almost presumed this place would go to New Zealand.

Tahitian Football Federation

The Tahitian Football Federation (French: Fédération Tahitienne de Football) is the governing body of football in French Polynesia.

Tonga Football Association

The Tonga Football Association is the governing body of football in Tonga. It oversees the Tonga national football team, Tonga Major League and the Tonga Cup in international and club football respectively.

Vanuatu Football Federation

The Vanuatu Football Federation (VFF) is the governing body of football in Vanuatu. It is an association of Vanuatu football clubs, and it organises national competitions and international matches for the Vanuatu National Football Team.

The VFF was founded in 1934. It has been affiliated with FIFA since 1988 and is also a member of the Oceania Football Confederation (OFC).

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