OFC U-16 Championship

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OFC U-16 Championship
OFC U17Champs.jpg
Founded1983
Region Oceania (OFC)
Number of teams11
Current championsFlag of New Zealand.svg  New Zealand (8th title)
Most successful team(s)Flag of Australia (converted).svg  Australia (10 titles)
Soccerball current event.svg 2018 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.

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Oceania Football Confederation body for association football in Oceania

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.

The FIFA U-17 World Cup, founded as the FIFA U-16 World Championship, later changed to its current name in 2007, is the world championship of association football for male players under the age of 17 organized by Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA).

Contents

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.

Eligible teams

All member nations of the Oceania Football Confederation are allowed to enter a team. Teams that have participated in the tournament so far were:

The American Samoa national under-17 football team is the national U-17 team of American Samoa and is controlled by Football Federation American Samoa.

The Cook Islands national under-17 football team is the national U-17 team of the Cook Islands and is controlled by the Cook Islands Football Association. With a population of around 24,000 people, it remains one of the smallest FIFA teams.

The Fiji national under-17 football team is the national U-17 team of Fiji and is controlled by the Fiji Football Association.

Results

The list of winners: [1]

YearHostFinalThird Place Match
ChampionScoreSecond PlaceThird PlaceScoreFourth Place
1983
Details
Auckland, New Zealand Flag of Australia (converted).svg
Australia
Round robin Flag of New Zealand.svg
New Zealand
Flag of Chinese Taipei for Olympic games.svg
Chinese Taipei
Round robin Flag of France (1794-1815, 1830-1958).svg
New Caledonia
1986 Kaohsiung, Taiwan
(Chinese Taipei)
Flag of Australia (converted).svg
Australia
Round robin Flag of New Zealand.svg
New Zealand
Flag of Chinese Taipei for Olympic games.svg
Chinese Taipei
Round robin Flag of Papua New Guinea.svg
Papua New Guinea
1989 Australia Flag of Australia (converted).svg
Australia
Round robin Flag of New Zealand.svg
New Zealand
Flag of Chinese Taipei for Olympic games.svg
Chinese Taipei
Round robin Flag of Fiji.svg
Fiji
1991
Details
Napier, New Zealand Flag of Australia (converted).svg
Australia
Round robin Flag of New Zealand.svg
New Zealand
Flag of Fiji.svg
Fiji
Round robin No fourth place [2]
1993 New Zealand Flag of Australia (converted).svg
Australia
30Flag of the Solomon Islands.svg
Solomon Islands
Flag of New Zealand.svg
New Zealand
unknownFlag of Fiji.svg
Fiji
1995 Vanuatu Flag of Australia (converted).svg
Australia
10Flag of New Zealand.svg
New Zealand
Flag of Vanuatu.svg
Vanuatu
30Flag of the Solomon Islands.svg
Solomon Islands
1997 New Zealand Flag of New Zealand.svg
New Zealand
10Flag of Australia (converted).svg
Australia
Flag of the Solomon Islands.svg
Solomon Islands
30Flag of Fiji.svg
Fiji
1999 Ba & Nadi, Fiji Flag of Australia (converted).svg
Australia
50Flag of Fiji.svg
Fiji
Flag of the Solomon Islands.svg
Solomon Islands
unknownFlag of France (1794-1815, 1830-1958).svg
New Caledonia
2001 Apia, Samoa & Port Vila, Vanuatu Flag of Australia (converted).svg
Australia
30
60
(90)
two-legged match
Flag of New Zealand.svg
New Zealand
2003
Details
Pago Pago, American Samoa, Sunshine Coast, Australia [3] & Nouméa, New Caledonia Flag of Australia (converted).svg
Australia
31
40
(71)
two-legged match
Flag of France (1794-1815, 1830-1958).svg
New Caledonia
2005
Details
New Caledonia Flag of Australia (converted).svg
Australia
10Flag of Vanuatu.svg
Vanuatu
Flag of the Solomon Islands.svg
Solomon Islands
31Flag of France (1794-1815, 1830-1958).svg
New Caledonia
2007
Details
Pirae, Tahiti Flag of New Zealand.svg
New Zealand
Round robin Flag of French Polynesia.svg
Tahiti
Flag of Fiji.svg
Fiji
Round robin Flag of France (1794-1815, 1830-1958).svg
New Caledonia
2009
Details
Auckland, New Zealand Flag of New Zealand.svg
New Zealand
Round robin Flag of French Polynesia.svg
Tahiti
Flag of France (1794-1815, 1830-1958).svg
New Caledonia
Round robin Flag of Vanuatu.svg
Vanuatu
2011
Details
Albany, New Zealand Flag of New Zealand.svg
New Zealand
20Flag of French Polynesia.svg
Tahiti
Flag of the Solomon Islands.svg
Solomon Islands
20Flag of Vanuatu.svg
Vanuatu
2013
Details
Luganville, Vanuatu Flag of New Zealand.svg
New Zealand
Round robin New Caledonia flags merged (2017).svg
New Caledonia
Flag of Vanuatu.svg
Vanuatu
Round robin Flag of Fiji.svg
Fiji
2015
Details
Apia, Samoa & Pago Pago, American Samoa Flag of New Zealand.svg
New Zealand
1–1
(5–4 pen.)
Flag of French Polynesia.svg
Tahiti
Flag of Vanuatu.svg
Vanuatu
6–0New Caledonia flags merged (2017).svg
New Caledonia
2017
Details
Papeete, Tahiti Flag of New Zealand.svg
New Zealand
7–0New Caledonia flags merged (2017).svg
New Caledonia
2018
Details
Honiara, Solomon Islands [4] Flag of New Zealand.svg
New Zealand
0–0
(5–4 pen.)
Flag of the Solomon Islands.svg
Solomon Islands
[note 1]
Flag of French Polynesia.svg
Tahiti
2–1Flag of Fiji.svg
Fiji
Notes
  1. The Solomon Islands, which originally finished second in the 2018 OFC U-16 Championship, were found by the OFC to have deliberately fielded overage player Chris Satu during the tournament. As a result, they had forfeited all results and their place in the 2019 FIFA U-17 World Cup. [5] The decision was appealed by the Solomon Islands Football Federation, and the OFC Executive Committee decided to uphold the appeal on the grounds that the federation had not knowingly broken the rules as Satu had a government issued passport showing his eligibility. [6]

Performances by country

TeamTitlesRunners-upThird placeFourth place
Flag of Australia (converted).svg  Australia 10 (1983, 1986, 1989*, 1991, 1993, 1995, 1999, 2001, 2003*, 2005)1 (1997)
Flag of New Zealand.svg  New Zealand 8 (1997*, 2007, 2009*, 2011*, 2013, 2015, 2017, 2018)6 (1983*, 1986, 1989, 1991*, 1995, 2001)1 (1993*)
Flag of French Polynesia.svg  Tahiti 4 (2007*, 2009, 2011, 2015)1 (2018)
New Caledonia flags merged (2017).svg  New Caledonia 3 (2003*, 2013, 2017)1 (2009)5 (1983, 1999, 2005*, 2007, 2015)
Flag of the Solomon Islands.svg  Solomon Islands 1 (1993, 2018*)4 (1997, 1999, 2005, 2011)1 (1995)
Flag of Vanuatu.svg  Vanuatu 1 (2005)3 (1995*, 2013*, 2015)2 (2009, 2011)
Flag of Fiji.svg  Fiji 1 (1999*)2 (1991, 2007)4 (1989, 1993, 1997, 2013, 2018)
Flag of Chinese Taipei for Olympic games.svg  Chinese Taipei 3 (1983, 1986*, 1989)
Flag of Papua New Guinea.svg  Papua New Guinea 1 (1986)
* = As hosts

Note: no third or fourth place finishes in 1991 (no fourth place finish only), 2001, 2003 and 2017.

Participating nations

Legend
Team Flag of New Zealand.svg
1983
Flag of Chinese Taipei for Olympic games.svg
1986
Flag of Australia (converted).svg
1989
Flag of New Zealand.svg
1991
Flag of New Zealand.svg
1993
Flag of Vanuatu.svg
1995
Flag of New Zealand.svg
1997
Flag of Fiji.svg
1999
Flag of Samoa.svg / Flag of Vanuatu.svg
2001
Flag of American Samoa.svg / Flag of Australia (converted).svg / Flag of France (1794-1815, 1830-1958).svg
2003
Flag of France (1794-1815, 1830-1958).svg
2005
Flag of French Polynesia.svg
2007
Flag of New Zealand.svg
2009
Flag of New Zealand.svg
2011
Flag of Vanuatu.svg
2013
Flag of American Samoa.svg / Flag of Samoa.svg
2015
Flag of French Polynesia.svg
2017
Flag of the Solomon Islands.svg
2018
Total
Flag of American Samoa.svg  American Samoa ×××××××GSGSGS×××GSPRGSPRPR8
Flag of Australia (converted).svg  Australia 1st1st1st1st1st1st2nd1st1st1st1st AFC member11
Flag of Chinese Taipei for Olympic games.svg  Chinese Taipei 3rd3rd3rd AFC member3
Flag of the Cook Islands.svg  Cook Islands ××××××GSGS×GSGS××GSGSGSPRPR9
Flag of Fiji.svg  Fiji GSGS4th3rd4thGS4th2ndGSGSGS3rd×GS4thGSGS4th17
New Caledonia flags merged (2017).svg  New Caledonia 4th××××××4th×2nd4th4th3rdGS2nd4th2ndGS11
Flag of New Zealand.svg  New Zealand 2nd2nd2nd2nd3rd2nd1st×2ndGS×1st1st1st1st1st1st1st16
Flag of Papua New Guinea.svg  Papua New Guinea ×4th×××××GSGS×GS××GSGSGSSFGS9
Flag of Samoa.svg  Samoa ××××××GSGSGSGS××××PRGSGSGS8
Flag of the Solomon Islands.svg  Solomon Islands ××××2nd4th3rd3rdGSGS3rd××3rd×GSSF2nd9
Flag of French Polynesia.svg  Tahiti GS×××GS×GSGSGSGSGS2nd2nd2nd×2ndGS3rd13
Flag of Tonga.svg  Tonga ×××××××GSGSGSGS××GSPRGSPRPR9
Flag of Vanuatu.svg  Vanuatu ××GS×GS3rdGSGSGSGS2nd×4th4th3rd3rdGSGS14

Men's U-17 World Cup Qualifiers

Legend
Team Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg
1985
Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg
1987
Flag of Scotland.svg
1989
Flag of Italy.svg
1991
Flag of Japan (1870-1999).svg
1993
Flag of Ecuador.svg
1995
Flag of Egypt.svg
1997
Flag of New Zealand.svg
1999
Flag of Trinidad and Tobago.svg
2001
Flag of Finland.svg
2003
Flag of Peru.svg
2005
Flag of South Korea (1997-2011).svg
2007
Flag of Nigeria.svg
2009
Flag of Mexico.svg
2011
Flag of the United Arab Emirates.svg
2013
Flag of Chile.svg
2015
Flag of India.svg
2017
Flag of Brazil.svg
2019
Total
Flag of Australia (converted).svg  Australia QFQFR1QFQFQF2ndQFR1R1 AFC member10
New Caledonia flags merged (2017).svg  New Caledonia R11
Flag of New Zealand.svg  New Zealand R1R1R1R2R2R1R2R1q9
Flag of the Solomon Islands.svg  Solomon Islands q1

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References

  1. "Oceania U-17 World Cup Qualifiers". RSSSF. Retrieved 25 January 2013.
  2. Only three teams took part in the competition that year (Oceania Preliminary Competition for the U-17 World Cup 1991)
  3. Solomon Islands were originally selected as the host nation for Group B of the tournament, but agreed to move the Group to Australia due to safety concerns. (Oceania Preliminary Competition for the U-17 World Cup 2003)
  4. "OFC Competition calendar set for 2018". Oceania Football Confederation. 31 October 2017.
  5. "OFC Disciplinary Committee releases decision on eligibilty". Oceania Football Confederation. 16 February 2019.
  6. "Solomon Islands player eligibility appeal upheld". Oceania Football Confederation. 4 May 2019.