Oceania Football Confederation

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Oceania Football Confederation
Oceania Football Confederation logo.svg
Oceania Football Confederation member associations map.svg
AbbreviationOFC
Formation1966; 54 years ago (1966)
TypeSports organisation
HeadquartersAuckland, New Zealand
Region served
Oceania
(Australian continent)
Membership
14 member associations (11 full)
Official language
English
Lambert Maltock
Parent organization
FIFA
Websitewww.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.

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]

History[edit]

The confederation formed in 1966 with the following as founding members[2]:

Australia resigned as an OFC member in 1972 to pursue membership with the AFC, but they rejoined in 1978.[3][4] Chinese Taipei was 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.[5] 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 Football Association also applied for the same status with the AFC.[6]

Presidents[edit]

Member nations[edit]

Current members[edit]

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.[7]

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[edit]

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

Former members[edit]

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

Non-members[edit]

Sovereign states and dependencies with territory in Oceania but are members of other federations.

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.

Competitions[edit]

OFC competitions[edit]

Current title holders[edit]

Competitions Champion Title Runner-Up Next edition
Nations men
OFC Nations Cup New Zealand New Zealand 5th Papua New Guinea Papua New Guinea 2024
OFC U-23 Championship  New Zealand 1st  Solomon Islands 2023
OFC U-20 Championship  New Zealand 7th  Tahiti 2020
OFC U-17 Championship  New Zealand 7th  Solomon Islands 2020
OFC Futsal Nations Cup  Solomon Islands 5th  New Zealand 2023
OFC Beach Soccer Nations Cup  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 2021
OFC U-17 Women's Championship  New Zealand 4th  New Caledonia 2021
Clubs
OFC Champions League New Caledonia Hienghène Sport 1st New Caledonia Magenta 2020
OFC Futsal Champions League Solomon Islands Kooline 1st New Caledonia AS PTT 2020

Rankings[edit]

Men's & women's national teams[edit]

  • Last updates:
    • Men's national teams – 19 September 2019[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 Decrease 5 1 23  New Zealand 1766 Decrease 4
2 141  Solomon Islands 1073 Increase 1 2 50  Papua New Guinea 1479 Steady
3 154  New Caledonia 1035 Steady 3 72  Fiji 1355 Decrease 1
4 159  Tahiti 1014 Decrease 1 4 87  Tonga 1249 Steady
5 163  Fiji 996 Steady 5 91  New Caledonia 1239 Steady
5 163  Vanuatu 996 Steady 6 97  Tahiti 1218 Decrease 1
7 165  Papua New Guinea 991 Increase 3 7 119  Vanuatu 1161 Decrease 1
8 192  American Samoa 900 Increase 2 8 110  Cook Islands 1159 Decrease 1
9 194  Samoa 894 Increase 3 9 111  Solomon Islands 1153 Decrease 1
10 205  Tonga 862 Increase 2 10 115  Samoa 1130 Decrease 1
11 999  Cook Islands 908 Decrease 809 11 128  American Samoa 1047 Decrease 3
  • * – 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

Top ranked men's national teams[edit]

New Zealand national football teamNew Caledonia national football teamFiji national football teamNew Zealand national football team

Beach soccer national teams[edit]

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

Major tournaments[edit]

Legend
  •  1st  – Champion
  •  2nd  – Runner-up
  •  3rd  – Third place
  •  4th  – Fourth place
  • QF – Quarterfinals
  • R16 – Round of 16 (since 1986: knockout round of 16)
  • GS – Group stage (in the 1950, 1974, 1978, and 1982 tournaments, which had two group stages, this refers to the first group stage)
  • 1S – First knockout stage (1934–1938 Single-elimination tournament)
  •    — Did not qualify
  •  ×  — Did not enter / withdrawn / banned / disqualified
  •     — Hosts

For each tournament, the flag of the host country and the number of teams in each finals tournament (in brackets) are shown.

FIFA World Cup[edit]

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.

FIFA World Cup record
Year Qualifier Round Position GP W D* L GS GA Format
1930 Uruguay (13) No teams from Oceania entered
1934 Kingdom of Italy (16)
1938 French Fourth Republic (15)
1950 Second Brazilian Republic (13)
1954 Switzerland (16)
1958 Sweden (16)
1962 Chile (16)
1966 England (16) No OFC team qualified Entered in Africa and Asia
1970 Mexico (16) Entered in Asia
1974 West Germany (16)  Australia Group stage 14th 3 0 1 2 0 5 Entered in Asia
1978 Argentina (16) No OFC team qualified Entered in Asia
1982 Spain (24)  New Zealand Group stage 23rd 3 0 0 3 2 12 Entered in Asia
1986 Mexico (24) No OFC team qualified Round-robin
Play-off
1990 Italy (24) First round
Second round
Play-off
1994 United States (24) First Round
Second Round
1st play-off
2nd play-off
1998 France (32) First Round
Second Round
Third Round
Play-off
2002 South Korea Japan (32) First Round
Second Round
Play-off
2006 Germany (32)  Australia Round of 16 16th 4 1 1 2 5 6 First Round
Second Round
Third Round
Play-off
2010 South Africa (32)  New Zealand Group stage 22nd 3 0 3 0 2 2 First Round
Second Round
Play-off
2014 Brazil (32) No OFC team qualified First Round
Second Round
Third Round
Play-off
2018 Russia (32) First Round
Second Round
Third Round
Play-off
2022 Qatar (32) To be determined
2026 Canada Mexico United States (48)
Total 4/23 Round of 16 13 1 5 7 9 25

OFC play-off record[edit]

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  (A) 2–2  South Korea 0–0 2–2

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 Women's World Cup[edit]

Team 1991
China
(12)
1995
Sweden
(12)
1999
United States
(16)
2003
United States
(16)
2007
China
(16)
2011
Germany
(16)
2015
Canada
(24)
2019
France
(24)
2023
TBA
(32)
Total
 Australia GS GS GS Part of AFC 3
 New Zealand GS GS GS GS GS 5
Total 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 TBD 8

Olympic Games for men[edit]

Team 1900
France
(3)
1904
United States
(3)
1908
United Kingdom
(6)
1912
Sweden
(11)
1920
Belgium
(14)
1924
France
(22)
1928
Netherlands
(17)
1936
Germany
(16)
1948
United Kingdom
(18)
1952
Finland
(25)
1956
Australia
(11)
1960
Italy
(16)
1964
Japan
(14)
1968
Mexico
(16)
1972
West Germany
(16)
1976
Canada
(13)
1980
Soviet Union
(16)
1984
United States
(16)
1988
South Korea
(16)
1992
Spain
(16)
1996
United States
(16)
2000
Australia
(16)
2004
Greece
(16)
2008
China
(16)
2012
United Kingdom
(16)
2016
Brazil
(16)
2020
Japan
(16)
Total
 Australia =5 7 4 13 15 7 Part of AFC 6
 Fiji 16 1
 New Zealand 14 16 q 3
Total 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 10

Olympic Games for women[edit]

Team 1996
United States
(8)
2000
Australia
(8)
2004
Greece
(10)
2008
China
(12)
2012
United Kingdom
(12)
2016
Brazil
(12)
2020
Japan
(12)
Total
 Australia 7 5 Part of AFC 2
 New Zealand 10 8 9 q 4
Total 0 1 1 1 1 1 1 6

FIFA U-20 World Cup[edit]

Team 1977
Tunisia
(16)
1979
Japan
(16)
1981
Australia
(16)
1983
Mexico
(16)
1985
Soviet Union
(16)
1987
Chile
(16)
1989
Saudi Arabia
(16)
1991
Portugal
(16)
1993
Australia
(16)
1995
Qatar
(16)
1997
Malaysia
(24)
1999
Nigeria
(24)
2001
Argentina
(24)
2003
United Arab Emirates
(24)
2005
Netherlands
(24)
2007
Canada
(24)
2009
Egypt
(24)
2011
Colombia
(24)
2013
Turkey
(24)
2015
New Zealand
(24)
2017
South Korea
(24)
2019
Poland
(24)
2021
Indonesia
(24)
Total
 Australia[12] QF R1 R1 R1 4th 4th QF R2 R1 R2 R2 R1 Part of AFC 12
 Fiji R1 1
 New Zealand R1 R1 R1 R2 R2 R2 6
 Tahiti R1 R1 2
 Vanuatu R1 1
Total 0 0 1 1 1 1 0 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 2 2 2 2 24

FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup[edit]

Team 2002
Canada
(12)
2004
Thailand
(12)
2006
Russia
(16)
2008
Chile
(16)
2010
Germany
(16)
2012
Japan
(16)
2014
Canada
(16)
2016
Papua New Guinea
(16)
2018
France
(16)
2020
Costa Rica
Panama
(16)
Total
 Australia QF QF GS Part of AFC 3
 New Zealand GS GS GS GS QF GS GS q 8
 Papua New Guinea GS 1
Total 1 1 2 1 1 1 1 2 1 1 12

FIFA U-17 World Cup[edit]

Team 1985
China
(16)
1987
Canada
(16)
1989
Scotland
(16)
1991
Italy
(16)
1993
Japan
(16)
1995
Ecuador
(16)
1997
Egypt
(16)
1999
New Zealand
(16)
2001
Trinidad and Tobago
(16)
2003
Finland
(16)
2005
Peru
(16)
2007
South Korea
(24)
2009
Nigeria
(24)
2011
Mexico
(24)
2013
United Arab Emirates
(24)
2015
Chile
(24)
2017
India
(24)
2019
Brazil
(24)
2021
Peru
(24)
Total
 Australia QF QF R1 QF QF QF 2nd QF R1 R1 Part of AFC 10
 New Caledonia R1 1
 New Zealand R1 R1 R1 R2 R2 R1 R2 R1 R1 9
 Solomon Islands R1 1
Total 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 2 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 2 2 2 23

FIFA U-17 Women's World Cup[edit]

Team 2008
New Zealand
(16)
2010
Trinidad and Tobago
(16)
2012
Azerbaijan
(16)
2014
Costa Rica
(16)
2016
Jordan
(16)
2018
Uruguay
(16)
2020
India
(16)
Total
 New Zealand R1 R1 R1 GS GS 3rd 6
Total 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 7

FIFA Futsal World Cup[edit]

Team 1989
Netherlands
(16)
1992
Hong Kong
(16)
1996
Spain
(16)
2000
Guatemala
(16)
2004
Taiwan
(16)
2008
Brazil
(20)
2012
Thailand
(24)
2016
Colombia
(24)
2020
Lithuania
(24)
Total
 Australia R1 R1 R1 R1 R1 Part of AFC 5
 Solomon Islands R1 R1 R1 q 4
Total 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 9

FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup[edit]

Team 2005[†]
Brazil
(12)
2006
Brazil
(16)
2007
Brazil
(16)
2008[†]
France
(16)
2009
United Arab Emirates
(16)
2011
Italy
(16)
2013
French Polynesia
(16)
2015[†]
Portugal
(16)
2017[†]
The Bahamas
(16)
2019
Paraguay
(16)
2021
Russia
(16)
Total
 Australia R1 Part of AFC 1
 Solomon Islands R1 R1 R1 R1 R1 5
 Tahiti R1 4th 2nd 2nd R1 5
Total 1 1 1 1 1 1 2 1 1 1 TBD 11
Notes
  1. ^ In 2005, 2008, 2015 and 2017, no OFC qualifiers for the FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup were held and teams were selected to represent OFC (2005: Australia; 2008: Solomon Islands; 2015 and 2017: Tahiti).

FIFA Confederations Cup[edit]

Team 1992
Saudi Arabia
(4)
1995
Saudi Arabia
(6)
1997
Saudi Arabia
(8)
1999
Mexico
(8)
2001
South Korea
Japan
(8)
2003
France
(8)
2005
Germany
(8)
2009
South Africa
(8)
2013
Brazil
(8)
2017
Russia
(8)
Total
 Australia[note 1] × × 2nd 3rd GS Part of AFC 3
 New Zealand × × GS GS GS GS 4
 Tahiti × × GS 1
Total 0 0 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 8
Notes
  1. ^ Australia was an OFC member until 2005, and played three times in the FIFA Confederations Cup as an OFC member (1997, 2001, 2005). They became an AFC member in 2006, and qualified in the 2017 FIFA Confederations Cup as an AFC member.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Oceania Football Confederation – OFC Home". oceaniafootball.com. Archived from the original on 9 February 2013. Retrieved 14 March 2017.
  2. ^ A Dictionary of Sports Studies. ISBN 019921381X.
  3. ^ OFC History oceaniafootball.com
  4. ^ "Oceania admit Taiwan and Aussies quit". Reuters, UPI. The Straits Times. 1 March 1976.
  5. ^ FIFA.com. "FIFA Congress - FIFA.com". fifa.com. Retrieved 14 March 2017.
  6. ^ "Regarding the agenda/ decisions of the 29th EAFF Executive Committee Meeting". Archived from the original on 7 February 2012. Retrieved 27 March 2012.
  7. ^ "Member Associations". Oceania Football. Oceania Football Confederation. Archived from the original on 3 March 2016.
  8. ^ "Oceania Football Confederation – Content". archive.org. 6 October 2009. Archived from the original on 3 March 2009. Retrieved 14 March 2017.
  9. ^ FIFA.com. "The FIFA/Coca-Cola World Ranking - Ranking Table - Oceanian Zone - FIFA.com". fifa.com. Retrieved 19 September 2019.
  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.
  12. ^ Australia represented OFC before 2006.

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