Oceania Football Confederation


Oceania Football Confederation
Oceania Football Confederation

Logo of OFC

OFC member associations are in yellow
Formation 15 November 1966
Type Sports organisation
Headquarters New Zealand Auckland, New Zealand
Membership 14 member associations
President Malaysia Papua New Guinea David Chung
Website www.oceaniafootball.com

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

Of the six worldwide confederations, the OFC is by far the smallest and is predominantly made up of island nations where 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. 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. The departure of Australia also left the OFC without a professional domestic league in any of its nations.

Contents

Member nations

OFC is made up of 11 full member associations and 3 associate members.[1]

National teams

1. Associate member of the OFC, but non-FIFA member.

History

The confederation was formed in 1966. The founding members were the Australian Soccer Federation (now Football Federation Australia), New Zealand Soccer (now New Zealand Football), and the Fiji Football Association. In 1996 the OFC was confirmed as a full confederation and given a seat on the FIFA executive. In 1998, the OFC unveiled a new logo and an official magazine, entitled The Wave. On May 24, 2004, New Caledonia became the 12th member of the OFC. On January 1, 2006, Australia left the OFC and joined the Asian Football Confederation. In 2008 an associate member, the Northern Mariana Islands Football Association, also left OFC and in 2009 joined AFC as a quasi-member. In the late 2009 Palau Soccer Association also applied for the same status with AFC.[2]

Competitions

The winner of the OFC Football World Cup Qualifiers was allowed to compete in a two-legged home-and-away playoff with the team ranked fifth in the South American qualifying competition for a place in the 2006 World Cup. Since 1996, OFC members also play for the OFC Nations Cup, which is held every second year.

The OFC also organises the Oceania Club Championship, a competition that has received surprisingly high levels of media support within New Zealand in its debut season. It serves primarily to determine the Oceania representative at the FIFA Club World Cup. In 2007, the OFC replaced the current club competition with the OFC Champions League which began in 2007. From 2007, the winner has no longer gained direct entry to the FIFA Club World Cup - but instead plays off against the host nation (currently United Arab Emirates) champion for the final spot in the tournament. It is not clear whether this is permanent, or even if it could change if the Oceania entrant were to outperform entrants from other Confederations.

Of the federation's current teams, only New Zealand has ever competed on the world stage from the confederation, competing in the 1982 and 2010 World Cups. Ex-founding member Australia has also competed in the World Cup finals, in 1974 and 2006. At the conclusion of Germany 2006, Australia's exit from the OFC was finalised (exiting formally on the 1 January 2006), being the last commitment of the transition before completely joining the Asian Football Confederation. The other minor exception to this has been the participation of the Solomon Islands in the 2006, 2007 and 2008 FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup.

In the 2004 OFC Nations Cup, which doubled as the Oceania qualifying tournament for the 2006 FIFA World Cup, the Solomon Islands unexpectedly made the finals after a 2–2 draw with Australia at the last round. This effectively denied New Zealand a place in the third group phase by one group point as Vanuatu had beaten New Zealand 4–2 in an early round upset of the second group phase. Australia won OFC Nation Cup final by beating the Solomons 5–1 in Honiara and 6–0 in Sydney to represent OFC in the FIFA Confederations Cup in Germany 2005 The two teams met again in a two-legged World Cup qualifying final in September 2005 for the right to play the OFC representative for a place in the World Cup finals; Australia won 9–1 on aggregate (7–0 at home and 2–1 away) and progressed to the CONMEBOL – OFC play-off. Australia won this playoff on penalties after a 1–1 aggregate score after both legs of the playoff and after extra time, and qualified for the World Cup.

List of competitions

Female

Futsal

Beach Soccer

FIFA World Cup Qualifiers

Oceania has sent representatives to the Men's World Cup four times: Australia in 1974 and 2006, and New Zealand in 1982 and 2010. However, Australia was not a member of the confederation in 1974, having withdrawn in order to apply to join the Asian Football Confederation. It rejoined the OFC in 1978. Neither Australia in 1974 nor New Zealand in 1982 progressed beyond the first round, while Australia in 2006 advanced to the second round. 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 record

OFC FIFA World Cup record
Year Qualifier Round Position GP W D* L GS GA Notes
Uruguay 1930
(1st)
No teams from Oceania entered
Italy 1934
(2nd)
France 1938
(3rd)
Brazil 1950
(4th)
Switzerland 1954
(5th)
Sweden 1958
(6th)
Chile 1962
(7th)
England 1966
(8th)
No OFC Team Qualified Entered in Africa and Asia.
Mexico 1970
(9th)
Entered in Asia.
West Germany 1974
(10th)
 Australia Group Stage 14th 3 0 1 2 0 5 Entered in Asia.
Argentina 1978
(11th)
No OFC Team Qualified Entered in Asia.
Spain 1982
(12th)
 New Zealand Group Stage 23rd 3 0 0 3 2 12 Entered in Asia.
Mexico 1986
(13th)
No OFC Team Qualified Play-off.
Italy 1990
(14th)
Play-off.
United States 1994
(15th)
1st Play-off and 2nd Play-off.
France 1998
(16th)
Play-off.
South Korea Japan 2002
(17th)
Play-off.
Germany 2006
(18th)
 Australia Round of 16 16th 4 1 1 2 5 6 Play-off.
South Africa 2010
(19th)
 New Zealand Group Stage 22nd 3 0 3 0 2 2 Play-off.
Brazil 2014
(20th)
To Be Determined Play-off.
Russia 2018
(21st)
To Be Determined
Qatar 2022
(22nd)
Total Best: Round of 16 4/19 13 1 5 7 9 25

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 2–2 0–0

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

FIFA U-20 World Cup

FIFA U-17 World Cup

FIFA Confederations Cup Qualifiers

Oceania has sent representatives to the FIFA Confederations Cup six times: Australia in 1997, 2001 and 2005, and New Zealand in 1999, 2003 and 2009. However, Australia was a member of the OFC until 2006.

OFC FIFA Confederations Cup record
Year Qualifier Round Position GP W D* L GS GA
Saudi Arabia 1992
(1st)
No teams from Oceania entered
Saudi Arabia 1995
(2nd)
Saudi Arabia 1997
(3rd)
 Australia Runners-up 2nd 5 2 1 2 4 8
Mexico 1999
(4th)
 New Zealand Group Stage 8th 3 0 0 3 1 6
South Korea Japan 2001
(5th)
 Australia Third Place 3rd 5 3 0 2 4 2
France 2003
(6th)
 New Zealand Group Stage 8th 3 0 0 3 1 11
Germany 2005
(7th)
 Australia Group Stage 8th 3 0 0 3 5 10
South Africa 2009
(8th)
 New Zealand Group Stage 8th 3 0 1 2 0 7
Brazil 2013
(9th)
To Be Determined
Russia 2017
(10th)
Qatar 2021
(11th)
Total Best: Runners-up 6/8 13 5 2 15 15 44

Women's World Cup Finals

Team China
1991
Sweden
1995
United States
1999
United States
2003
China
2007
Germany
2011
Total
 Australia GS GS GS 3
 New Zealand GS GS 2

Men's Confederations Cup Finals

Team Saudi Arabia
1992
Saudi Arabia
1995
Saudi Arabia
1997
Mexico
1999
South KoreaJapan
2001
France
2003
Germany
2005
South Africa
2009
Brazil
2013
Total
 Australia 2nd 3rd GS 3
 New Zealand GS GS GS 3

See also

  • IFFHS Oceania's best clubs of the 20th century

References

External links


Wikimedia Foundation. 2010.

Look at other dictionaries:

  • Oceania Football Confederation — Gegründet 15. November 1966 …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • Oceania Football Confederation — Confédération du football d Océanie Confédération du football d Océanie Sigle OFC Sport(s) représenté(s) F …   Wikipédia en Français

  • Oceania Football Confederation — Okeanijos futbolo konfederacija statusas T sritis Kūno kultūra ir sportas apibrėžtis Organizacija, vienijanti pietinės Ramiojo vandenyno dalies šalių futbolo federacijas. Įkurta 1966 m. Okeanijos futbolo konfederacija rūpinasi futbolo plėtojimu… …   Sporto terminų žodynas

  • Asian Football Confederation — Infobox Organization name = Asian Football Confederation caption = AFC logo mcaption = AFC members motto = The Future is Asia formation = 1954 type = Sports organization headquarters = Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia membership = 46 member associations… …   Wikipedia

  • Brazilian Football Confederation — CONMEBOL Founded 1914 FIFA affiliation 1923 …   Wikipedia

  • Confédération du football d'Océanie — Sigle OFC Sport représenté Football Création …   Wikipédia en Français

  • Football Federation Australia — Gründung 1961 FIFA Beitritt 1963 AFC …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • Confederation du football d'Oceanie — Confédération du football d Océanie Confédération du football d Océanie Sigle OFC Sport(s) représenté(s) F …   Wikipédia en Français

  • Confédération Du Football D'Océanie — Sigle OFC Sport(s) représenté(s) F …   Wikipédia en Français

  • Confédération d'Océanie de football — Confédération du football d Océanie Confédération du football d Océanie Sigle OFC Sport(s) représenté(s) F …   Wikipédia en Français


Share the article and excerpts

Direct link
Do a right-click on the link above
and select “Copy Link”

We are using cookies for the best presentation of our site. Continuing to use this site, you agree with this.