Oceania Football Confederation

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Oceania Football Confederation
Oceania Football Confederation logo.svg
OFC.svg
AbbreviationOFC
Formation1966;53 years ago (1966)
TypeSports organisation
Headquarters Auckland, New Zealand
Region served
Oceania (OFC)
Membership
14 member associations (11 full)
Official language
English
Lambert Maltock
acting
Parent organization
FIFA
Website www.oceaniafootball.com

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.

Association football team field sport

Association football, more commonly known as football or soccer, is a team sport played with a spherical ball between two teams of eleven players. It is played by 250 million players in over 200 countries and dependencies, making it the world's most popular sport. The game is played on a rectangular field called a pitch with a goal at each end. The object of the game is to score by moving the ball beyond the goal line into the opposing goal.

New Zealand Constitutional monarchy in Oceania

New Zealand is a sovereign island country in the southwestern Pacific Ocean. The country geographically comprises two main landmasses—the North Island, and the South Island —and around 600 smaller islands. New Zealand is situated some 2,000 kilometres (1,200 mi) east of Australia across the Tasman Sea and roughly 1,000 kilometres (600 mi) south of the Pacific island areas of New Caledonia, Fiji, and Tonga. Because of its remoteness, it was one of the last lands to be settled by humans. During its long period of isolation, New Zealand developed a distinct biodiversity of animal, fungal, and plant life. The country's varied topography and its sharp mountain peaks, such as the Southern Alps, owe much to the tectonic uplift of land and volcanic eruptions. New Zealand's capital city is Wellington, while its most populous city is Auckland.

Papua New Guinea constitutional monarchy in Oceania

Papua New Guinea, officially the Independent State of Papua New Guinea, is an Oceanian country that occupies the eastern half of the island of New Guinea and its offshore islands in Melanesia, a region of the southwestern Pacific Ocean north of Australia. Its capital, located along its southeastern coast, is Port Moresby. The western half of New Guinea forms the Indonesian provinces of Papua and West Papua.

Contents

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.

Australia Country in Oceania

Australia, officially the Commonwealth of Australia, is a sovereign country comprising the mainland of the Australian continent, the island of Tasmania and numerous smaller islands. It is the largest country in Oceania and the world's sixth-largest country by total area. The neighbouring countries are Papua New Guinea, Indonesia and East Timor to the north; the Solomon Islands and Vanuatu to the north-east; and New Zealand to the south-east. The population of 25 million is highly urbanised and heavily concentrated on the eastern seaboard. Australia's capital is Canberra, and its largest city is Sydney. The country's other major metropolitan areas are Melbourne, Brisbane, Perth and Adelaide.

Asian Football Confederation governing body of association football in Asia

The Asian Football Confederation (AFC) is the governing body of association football in Asia and Australia. It has 47 member countries, mostly located on the Asian and Australian continent, but excludes the transcontinental countries with territory in both Europe and Asia – Azerbaijan, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Russia, and Turkey – which are instead members of UEFA. Three other states located geographically along the western fringe of Asia – Cyprus, Armenia and Israel – are also UEFA members. On the other hand, Australia, formerly in the OFC, joined the Asian Football Confederation in 2006, and the Oceanian island of Guam, a territory of the United States, is also a member of AFC, in addition to Northern Mariana Islands, one of the Two Commonwealths of the United States. Hong Kong and Macau, although not independent countries, are also members of the AFC.

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]

Lee Harmon is a football executive from Cook Islands.

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 as enjoyed successes in the Women's World Cup), the best result being Australia making the final of the 1997 Confederations Cup.

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 AssociationNational teamsFoundedMembershipFIFA
affiliation
OFC
affiliation
IOC
member
ASA Flag of American Samoa.svg American Samoa (M, W)1984Full19981998Yes [Note 1]
COK Flag of the Cook Islands.svg Cook Islands (M, W)1971Full19941994Yes [Note 2]
FIJ Flag of Fiji.svg Fiji (M, W)1938Full19641966Yes
KIR Flag of Kiribati.svg Kiribati (M, W)1980AssociateN/A2007Yes
NCL Flag of FLNKS.svg New Caledonia (M, W)1928Full20042004No [Note 3]
NZL Flag of New Zealand.svg New Zealand (M, W)1891Full19481966Yes
NIU Flag of Niue.svg Niue (M, W)1960AssociateN/A2006No [Note 2]
PNG Flag of Papua New Guinea.svg Papua New Guinea (M, W)1962Full19661966Yes
SAM Flag of Samoa.svg Samoa (M, W)1968Full19861986Yes
SOL Flag of the Solomon Islands.svg Solomon Islands (M, W)1979Full19881988Yes
TAH Flag of French Polynesia.svg Tahiti (M, W)1989Full19901990Yes [Note 3]
TGA Flag of Tonga.svg Tonga (M, W)1965Full19941994Yes
TUV Flag of Tuvalu.svg Tuvalu (M, W)1979AssociateN/A2006Yes
VAN Flag of Vanuatu.svg Vanuatu (M, W)1934Full19881988Yes

Notes

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

Former members

Football Federation Australia sports governing body

Football Federation Australia (FFA) is the governing body of soccer, futsal, and beach soccer within Australia. The FFA is headquartered in Sydney. Although the first governing body of the sport was founded in 1911, FFA in its current form was only established in 1963 as the Australian Soccer Federation. It was later reconstituted in 2003 as the Australian Soccer Association before adopting its current name in 2005.

Chinese Taipei Football Association

Chinese Taipei Football Association (CTFA) is the governing body for football in the Republic of China. Its official name in Chinese is the Football Association of the Republic of China, but it is billed as the "Chinese Taipei Football Association" abroad and uses the English initials on its badge.

Northern Mariana Islands Football Association

The Northern Mariana Islands Football Association is the governing body of football in the Northern Mariana Islands. It was founded in 2005 by US-Attorney Peter Coleman. The Association received full membership into the East Asian Football Federation in 2008. The association was admitted as a quasi-member of the Asian Football Confederation in July 2009.

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

Israel national football team mens national association football team representing Israel

The Israel national football team is the national football team of Israel, governed by the Israel Football Association (IFA).

Listed below are the dates and results for the 1986 FIFA World Cup qualification rounds for the Oceanian zone (OFC).

Listed below are the dates and results for the 1990 FIFA World Cup qualification rounds for the Oceanian zone (OFC).

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 champions

CompetitionsChampionTitleRunner-UpNext edition
Clubs
OFC Champions League Flag of New Zealand.svg Team Wellington 1st Flag of Fiji.svg Lautoka 2019
OFC Futsal Champions League First edition in 2019 2019
Nations men
OFC Nations Cup Flag of New Zealand.svg New Zealand 5th Flag of Papua New Guinea.svg Papua New Guinea 2020
OFC U-23 Championship
(previously OFC Men's Olympic Qualifying Tournament)
Flag of Fiji.svg  Fiji 1stFlag of Vanuatu.svg  Vanuatu 2019
OFC U-20 Championship Flag of New Zealand.svg  New Zealand 6thFlag of Vanuatu.svg  Vanuatu 2018
OFC U-17 Championship Flag of New Zealand.svg  New Zealand 6thNew Caledonia flags merged (2017).svg  New Caledonia 2018
OFC Futsal Nations Cup
(previously OFC Futsal Championship)
Flag of the Solomon Islands.svg  Solomon Islands 5thFlag of New Zealand.svg  New Zealand 2019
OFC Youth Futsal Tournament Flag of the Solomon Islands.svg  Solomon Islands (men's)
Flag of New Zealand.svg  New Zealand (women's)
1stFlag of New Zealand.svg  New Zealand (men's)
Flag of Tonga.svg  Tonga (women's)
TBC
OFC Beach Soccer Championship Flag of the Solomon Islands.svg  Solomon Islands 4thFlag of FLNKS.svg  New Caledonia 2019
Nations women
OFC Women's Nations Cup Flag of New Zealand.svg  New Zealand 5thFlag of Papua New Guinea.svg  Papua New Guinea 2018
OFC U-20 Women's Championship Flag of New Zealand.svg  New Zealand 6thFlag of Fiji.svg  Fiji 2019
OFC U-17 Women's Championship Flag of New Zealand.svg  New Zealand 4thNew Caledonia flags merged (2017).svg  New Caledonia 2019
OFC Women's Olympic Qualifying Tournament
(now part of OFC Women's Nations Cup)
Flag of New Zealand.svg  New Zealand 3rdFlag of Papua New Guinea.svg  Papua New Guinea

OFC Competitions

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
YearQualifierRoundPositionGPWD*LGSGAFormat
Flag of Uruguay.svg 1930 No teams from Oceania entered
Flag of Italy (1861-1946) crowned.svg 1934
Flag of France (1794-1815).svg 1938
Flag of Brazil (1960-1968).svg 1950
Flag of Switzerland.svg 1954
Flag of Sweden.svg 1958
Flag of Chile.svg 1962
Flag of England.svg 1966 No OFC team qualified Entered in Africa and Asia
Flag of Mexico.svg 1970 Entered in Asia
Flag of Germany.svg 1974 Flag of Australia (converted).svg  Australia Group stage14th301205 Entered in Asia
Flag of Argentina.svg 1978 No OFC team qualified Entered in Asia
Flag of Spain.svg 1982 Flag of New Zealand.svg  New Zealand Group stage23rd3003212 Entered in Asia
Flag of Mexico.svg 1986 No OFC team qualified Round-robin
Play-off
Flag of Italy.svg 1990 First round
Second round
Play-off
Flag of the United States.svg 1994 First Round
Second Round
1st play-off
2nd play-off
Flag of France.svg 1998 First Round
Second Round
Third Round
Play-off
Flag of South Korea.svg Flag of Japan.svg 2002 First Round
Second Round
Play-off
Flag of Germany.svg 2006 Flag of Australia (converted).svg  Australia [n 1] Round of 1616th411256 First Round
Second Round
Third Round
Play-off
Flag of South Africa.svg 2010 Flag of New Zealand.svg  New Zealand Group stage22nd303022 First Round
Second Round
Play-off
Flag of Brazil.svg 2014 No OFC team qualified First Round
Second Round
Third Round
Play-off
Flag of Russia.svg 2018 First Round
Second Round
Third Round
Play-off
Flag of Qatar.svg 2022 To be determined
Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg Flag of Mexico.svg Flag of the United States.svg 2026
Total4/23Round of 1613157925
  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 21st leg2nd leg
Israel  Flag of Israel.svg2–1Flag of Australia (converted).svg  Australia 1–01–1

1974 AFC–OFC Final Round

Team 1 Agg. Team 21st leg2nd leg
Australia  Flag of Australia (converted).svg2–21Flag of South Korea (1949–1984).png  South Korea 0–02–2

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 21st leg2nd leg
Scotland  Flag of Scotland.svg2–0Flag of Australia (converted).svg  Australia 2–00–0

1990 CONMEBOL–OFC play-off

Team 1 Agg. Team 21st leg2nd leg
Colombia  Flag of Colombia.svg1–0Flag of Israel.svg  Israel 1–00–0

Israel played in the OFC zone for political reasons.

1994 CONCACAF–OFC play-off

Team 1 Agg. Team 21st leg2nd leg
Canada  Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg3–3 (P)Flag of Australia (converted).svg  Australia 2–11–2

1994 CONMEBOL–OFC play-off

Team 1 Agg. Team 21st leg2nd leg
Australia  Flag of Australia (converted).svg1–2Flag of Argentina.svg  Argentina 1–10–1

1998 AFC–OFC play-off

Team 1 Agg. Team 21st leg2nd leg
Iran  Flag of Iran.svg(A) 3–3Flag of Australia (converted).svg  Australia 1–12–2

2002 CONMEBOL–OFC play-off

Team 1 Agg. Team 21st leg2nd leg
Australia  Flag of Australia (converted).svg1–3Flag of Uruguay.svg  Uruguay 1–00–3

2006 CONMEBOL–OFC play-off

Team 1 Agg. Team 21st leg2nd leg
Uruguay  Flag of Uruguay.svg1–1 (P)Flag of Australia (converted).svg  Australia 1–00–1

2010 AFC–OFC play-off

Team 1 Agg. Team 21st leg2nd leg
Bahrain  Flag of Bahrain.svg0–1Flag of New Zealand.svg  New Zealand 0–00–1

2014 CONCACAF–OFC play-off

Team 1 Agg. Team 21st leg2nd leg
Mexico  Flag of Mexico.svg9–3Flag of New Zealand.svg  New Zealand 5–14–2

2018 CONMEBOL–OFC play-off

Team 1 Agg. Team 21st leg2nd leg
New Zealand  Flag of New Zealand.svg0–2Flag of Peru (state).svg  Peru 0–00–2

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 Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg
1991
Flag of Sweden.svg
1995
Flag of the United States.svg
1999
Flag of the United States.svg
2003
Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg
2007
Flag of Germany.svg
2011
Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg
2015
Flag of France.svg
2019
Total
Flag of Australia (converted).svg  Australia GSGSGSpart of AFC3
Flag of New Zealand.svg  New Zealand GSGSGSGSQ4

FIFA Confederations Cup

Legend
Team 1992
Flag of Saudi Arabia.svg
1995
Flag of Saudi Arabia.svg
1997
Flag of Saudi Arabia.svg
1999
Flag of Mexico.svg
2001
Flag of South Korea.svg
Flag of Japan.svg
2003
Flag of France.svg
2005
Flag of Germany.svg
2009
Flag of South Africa.svg
2013
Flag of Brazil.svg
2017
Flag of Russia.svg
2021
Flag of Qatar.svg
Total
Flag of Australia (converted).svg  Australia ××2nd3rdGS3
Flag of New Zealand.svg  New Zealand GSGSGSGS4
Flag of French Polynesia.svg  Tahiti GS1
Total00111111118

FIFA Futsal World Cup

Legend
Nation 1989
Flag of the Netherlands.svg
1992
Flag of Hong Kong 1959.svg
1996
Flag of Spain.svg
2000
Flag of Guatemala.svg
2004
Flag of the Republic of China.svg
2008
Flag of Brazil.svg
2012
Flag of Thailand.svg
2016
Flag of Colombia.svg
Years
Flag of Australia (converted).svg  Australia R1R1R1R1R15
Flag of the Solomon Islands.svg  Solomon Islands R1R1R13
Nations11111111

FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup

Legend
Nation Flag of Brazil.svg
1995
Flag of Brazil.svg
1996
Flag of Brazil.svg
1997
Flag of Brazil.svg
1998
Flag of Brazil.svg
1999
Flag of Brazil.svg
2000
Flag of Brazil.svg
2001
Flag of Brazil.svg
2002
Flag of Brazil.svg
2003
Flag of Brazil.svg
2004
Flag of Brazil.svg
2005
Flag of Brazil.svg
2006
Flag of Brazil.svg
2007
Flag of France.svg
2008
Flag of the United Arab Emirates.svg
2009
Flag of Italy.svg
2011
Flag of French Polynesia.svg
2013
Flag of Portugal.svg
2015
Flag of the Bahamas.svg
2017
Years
Flag of Australia (converted).svg  Australia R1
9th
1
Flag of the Solomon Islands.svg  Solomon Islands R1
12th
R1
16th
R1
12th
R1
13th
R1
11th
5
Flag of French Polynesia.svg  Tahiti R1
12th
4th2nd2nd4
Nations0000000000111111211

National Team rankings

Top men's national teams
Rankings are calculated by FIFA.
Top women's national teams
Rankings are calculated by FIFA.
OFCFIFANationPointsOFCFIFANationPoints
1122Flag of New Zealand.svg  New Zealand 1157120Flag of New Zealand.svg  New Zealand 1810
2144Flag of the Solomon Islands.svg  Solomon Islands 10732148**Flag of Papua New Guinea.svg  Papua New Guinea 1473
3154New Caledonia flags merged (2017).svg  New Caledonia 1036Flag of Fiji.svg  Fiji 1292
4157Flag of French Polynesia.svg  Tahiti 1020Flag of Tonga.svg  Tonga 1258
5163Flag of Vanuatu.svg  Vanuatu 996New Caledonia flags merged (2017).svg  New Caledonia 1252
6168Flag of Papua New Guinea.svg  Papua New Guinea 984Flag of French Polynesia.svg  Tahiti 1238
7169Flag of Fiji.svg  Fiji 981Flag of the Cook Islands.svg  Cook Islands 1185
8192Flag of American Samoa.svg  American Samoa 38Flag of the Solomon Islands.svg  Solomon Islands 1144
9192Flag of the Cook Islands.svg  Cook Islands 38Flag of Vanuatu.svg  Vanuatu 1139
10197Flag of Samoa.svg  Samoa 32Flag of Samoa.svg  Samoa 1138
11205Flag of Tonga.svg  Tonga 0Flag of American Samoa.svg  American Samoa 1075

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See also