Oceania Football Confederation


The Oceania Football Confederation (OFC) is one of the six continental confederations of international association football. The OFC's members consist of New Zealand, Papua New Guinea, and several Pacific Island countries; it promotes the game in Oceania and allows the member nations to qualify for the FIFA World Cup.

Oceania Football Confederation
AbbreviationOFC
Formation1966; 55 years ago (1966)
TypeSports organisation
HeadquartersAuckland, New Zealand
Region served
Oceania
(Australian continent)
Membership
13 member associations (11 full)
Official language
English
Lambert Maltock,
Rajesh Patel, senior vice-president
Parent organization
FIFA
Websitewww.oceaniafootball.com

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 FIFA 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 had been the President of OFC until April 2018, when he resigned and was replaced by Lambert Maltock. Rajesh Patel is the Senior Vice President, Lee Harmon is the Vice-President while Tai Nicholas is the General Secretary.[1]

History


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 Asian Football Confederation (AFC), but rejoined the OFC in 1978.[3][4] Chinese Taipei was an OFC member from 1975 to 1989. In 1996, FIFA confirmed 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 an associate member. In late 2009, the Palau Football Association, geographically a part of Oceania but with no official ties to the OFC, also applied for the same status with the AFC as the Northern Mariana Islands association but was not successful.[6]

Presidents


Current leaders

Name Position
Lambert Maltock President
Thierry Ariiotima Vice President
Kapi Natto John Vice President
Lord Ve'ehala Vice President
Franck Castillo General Secretary

Source:[7][8]

Member nations


Current members

OFC is made up of 11 full member associations and 2 associate members. Those two are associate members of the OFC, but are not FIFA members.[9]

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
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. Free associated state with New Zealand
  3. 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 and 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.

Competitions


OFC competitions

Current title holders

Competition Year Champions Title Runners-up Next edition
National teams (Men's)
Nations Cup 2016 New Zealand 5th Papua New Guinea 2024
U-23 Championship 2019  New Zealand 1st  Solomon Islands 2023
U-19 Championship 2018  New Zealand 7th  Tahiti 2020
U-16 Championship 2018  New Zealand 7th  Solomon Islands 2020
Futsal Nations Cup 2019  Solomon Islands 5th  New Zealand 2023
Youth Futsal Tournament 2017  Solomon Islands 1st  New Zealand
Beach Soccer Nations Cup 2019  Tahiti 2nd  Solomon Islands 2021
National teams (Women's)
Women's Nations Cup 2018  New Zealand 6th  Fiji 2022
U-19 Women's Championship 2019  New Zealand 6th  Fiji 2021
U-16 Women's Championship 2017  New Zealand 4th  New Caledonia 2021
Youth Futsal Women's Tournament 2017  New Zealand 1st  Tonga
Club teams (Men's)
Champions League 2019 Hienghène Sport 1st Magenta 2021
Futsal Champions League 2019 Kooline 1st AS PTT 2021
Club teams (Women's)
OFC Women's Champions League

FIFA world rankings


Men's & women's national teams

  • Last updates:
    • Men's national teams – 19 September 2019[12]
    • Women's national teams – 7 June 2018[13]
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 5 1 23  New Zealand 1766 4
2 141  Solomon Islands 1073 1 2 50  Papua New Guinea 1479
3 154  New Caledonia 1035 3 72  Fiji 1355 1
4 159  Tahiti 1014 1 4 87  Tonga 1249
5 163  Fiji 996 5 91  New Caledonia 1239
5 163  Vanuatu 996 6 97  Tahiti 1218 1
7 165  Papua New Guinea 991 3 7 119  Vanuatu 1161 1
8 192  American Samoa 900 2 8 110  Cook Islands 1159 1
9 194  Samoa 894 3 9 111  Solomon Islands 1153 1
10 205  Tonga 862 2 10 115  Samoa 1130 1
11 NR  Cook Islands 908 809 11 128  American Samoa 1047 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

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

Major tournament records


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

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 (13) No teams from Oceania entered
1934 (16)
1938 (15)
1950 (13)
1954 (16)
1958 (16)
1962 (16)
1966 (16) No OFC team qualified Entered in Africa and Asia
1970 (16) Entered in Asia
1974 (16)  Australia Group stage 14th 3 0 1 2 0 5 Entered in Asia
1978 (16) No OFC team qualified Entered in Asia
1982 (24)  New Zealand Group stage 23rd 3 0 0 3 2 12 Entered in Asia
1986 (24) No OFC team qualified Round-robin
Play-off
1990 (24) First round
Second round
Play-off
1994 (24) First Round
Second Round
1st play-off
2nd play-off
1998 (32) First Round
Second Round
Third Round
Play-off
2002 (32) First Round
Second Round
Play-off
2006 (32)  Australia Round of 16 16th 4 1 1 2 5 6 First Round
Second Round
Third Round
Play-off
2010 (32)  New Zealand Group stage 22nd 3 0 3 0 2 2 First Round
Second Round
Play-off
2014 (32) No OFC team qualified First Round
Second Round
Third Round
Play-off
2018 (32) First Round
Second Round
Third Round
Play-off
2022 (32) To be determined
2026 (48)
Total (2 teams) 4/23 Round of 16 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  (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

FIFA Women's World Cup record
Team1991

(12)
1995

(12)
1999

(16)
2003

(16)
2007

(16)
2011

(16)
2015

(24)
2019

(24)
2023


(32)
Years
 AustraliaGSGSGSPart of AFC 3
 New ZealandGSGSGSGSGSq 6
Total (2 teams)111111110+1 9

Olympic Games For Men

Olympic Games (Men's tournament) record
Team1900

(3)
1904

(3)
1908

(6)
1912

(11)
1920

(14)
1924

(22)
1928

(17)
1936

(16)
1948

(18)
1952

(25)
1956

(11)
1960

(16)
1964

(14)
1968

(16)
1972

(16)
1976

(13)
1980

(16)
1984

(16)
1988

(16)
1992

(16)
1996

(16)
2000

(16)
2004

(16)
2008

(16)
2012

(16)
2016

(16)
2021

(16)
Years
 Australia=57413157Part of AFC 6
 Fiji 16 1
 New Zealand 1416q 3
Total (3 teams)000000000010000000111111111 10

Olympic Games For Women

Olympic Games (Women's tournament) record
Team1996

(8)
2000

(8)
2004

(10)
2008

(12)
2012

(12)
2016

(12)
2021

(12)
Years
 Australia75Part of AFC 2
 New Zealand1089q 4
Total (2 teams) 0111111 6

OFC Nations Cup

OFC Nations Cup record
Team
(Total 15 teams)
1973

(5)
1980

(8)
1996

(4)
1998

(6)
2000

(6)
2002

(8)
2004

(6)
2008

(4)
2012

(8)
2016

(8)
2024
TBD
TBD
Years
 New Zealand 1st GS SF 1st 2nd 1st 3rd 1st 3rd 1st 10
 Tahiti 2nd 2nd 2nd 4th GS 3rd 5th 1st GS 9
 Vanuatu[lower-alpha 1] 4th GS GS 4th 4th 6th 4th GS GS 9
 Fiji 5th 4th 3rd •• GS 4th 3rd GS GS 8
 Solomon Islands × GS SF 3rd GS 2nd 4th SF 7
 Australia × 1st 1st 2nd 1st 2nd 1st Member of AFC 6
 New Caledonia 3rd 3rd GS 2nd 2nd SF 6
 Papua New Guinea × GS GS × GS 2nd 4
 Cook Islands × × × GS GS × 2
 Samoa[lower-alpha 2]××GSGS 2
 American Samoa×× 0
 Tonga×× 0
 Tuvalu××××××××× 0
 Kiribati×××××××××× 0
 Niue×××××××××× 0
  1. Includes results as New Hebrides.
  2. Includes results as Western Samoa.

OFC Women's Nations Cup

OFC Women's Nations Cup record
Team
(Total 15 teams)
1983

(4)
1986

(4)
1989

(5)
1991

(3)
1994

(3)
1998

(6)
2003

(5)
2007

(4)
2010

(8)
2014

(4)
2018

(8)
2022
TBD
TBD
Years
 New Zealand 1st3rd2nd1st2nd2nd2nd1st1st1st1st 11
 Papua New Guinea ×5th3rd3rd3rd3rd2nd2nd2nd3rd 9
 Australia[lower-alpha 1] 2nd2nd3rd[lower-alpha 2]2nd1st1st1stMember of AFC 7
 Cook Islands 5th×3rd3rdGS 4
 Fiji 4th4th××GS2nd 4
 Tonga ×3rdGS4thGS 4
 Samoa GS4th×GS 3
 Chinese Taipei[lower-alpha 1] 1st1stMember of AFC 2
 New Caledonia 3rd[lower-alpha 3]×4th 2
 Solomon Islands 4th4th 2
 Tahiti ××GSGS 2
 American Samoa GS× 1
 Australia B[lower-alpha 1][lower-alpha 4] 4th[lower-alpha 2]Member of AFC 1
 New Zealand B[lower-alpha 4] 4th 1
 Vanuatu ××GS 1

Notes

  1. Former OFC member, but now a member of the Asian Football Confederation.
  2. The third place play-off scheduled to take place between Australia and Australia B was cancelled due to waterlogged pitch, so their group standings are used.
  3. New Caledonia participated and hosted the tournament in 1983, but were not a member of the OFC or FIFA until 2004.
  4. Secondary national team.

FIFA U-20 World Cup

FIFA U-20 World Cup record
Team 1977

(16)
1979

(16)
1981

(16)
1983

(16)
1985

(16)
1987

(16)
1989

(16)
1991

(16)
1993

(16)
1995

(16)
1997

(24)
1999

(24)
2001

(24)
2003

(24)
2005

(24)
2007

(24)
2009

(24)
2011

(24)
2013

(24)
2015

(24)
2017

(24)
2019

(24)
2023

(24)
Years
 Australia[14] QFR1R1R14th4thQFR2R1R2R2R1Part of AFC 12
 Fiji R1 1
 New Zealand R1R1R1R2R2R2 6
 Tahiti R1R1 2
 Vanuatu R1 1
Total (5 teams)00111101111111111112222 24

FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup

FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup record
Team 2002

(12)
2004

(12)
2006

(16)
2008

(16)
2010

(16)
2012

(16)
2014

(16)
2016

(16)
2018

(16)
2022

(16)
Years
 Australia QFQFGSPart of AFC 3
 New Zealand GSGSGSGSQFGSGS 7
 Papua New Guinea GS 1
Total (3 teams) 1121111211 12

FIFA U-17 World Cup

FIFA U-17 World Cup record
Team 1985

(16)
1987

(16)
1989

(16)
1991

(16)
1993

(16)
1995

(16)
1997

(16)
1999

(16)
2001

(16)
2003

(16)
2005

(16)
2007

(24)
2009

(24)
2011

(24)
2013

(24)
2015

(24)
2017

(24)
2019

(24)
2023

(24)
Years
 Australia QFQFR1QFQFQF2ndQFR1R1Part of AFC 10
 New Caledonia R1 1
 New Zealand R1R1R1R2R2R1R2R1R1 9
 Solomon Islands R1 1
Total (4 teams) 1111111211111111222 23

FIFA U-17 Women's World Cup

FIFA U-17 Women's World Cup record
Team 2008

(16)
2010

(16)
2012

(16)
2014

(16)
2016

(16)
2018

(16)
2022

(16)
Years
 New Zealand R1R1R1GSGS3rd 6
Total (1 team) 1111111 7

FIFA Futsal World Cup

FIFA Futsal World Cup record
Team 1989

(16)
1992

(16)
1996

(16)
2000

(16)
2004

(16)
2008

(20)
2012

(24)
2016

(24)
2021

(24)
Years
 AustraliaR1R1R1R1R1Part of AFC 5
 Solomon IslandsR1R1R1q 4
Total (2 teams)111111111 9

FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup

FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup record
Team 2005[†]

(12)
2006

(16)
2007

(16)
2008[†]

(16)
2009

(16)
2011

(16)
2013

(16)
2015[†]

(16)
2017[†]

(16)
2019

(16)
2021

(16)
Years
 AustraliaR1Part of AFC 1
 Solomon IslandsR1R1R1R1R1 5
 TahitiR14th2nd2ndR1 5
Total (3 teams) 11111121111 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).

Former tournaments

FIFA Confederations Cup
FIFA Confederations Cup record
Team 1992

(4)
1995

(6)
1997

(8)
1999

(8)
2001


(8)
2003

(8)
2005

(8)
2009

(8)
2013

(8)
2017

(8)
Years
 Australia[note 1] × × 2nd 3rd GS Part of AFC 3
 New Zealand × × GS GS GS GS 4
 Tahiti × × GS 1
Total (3 teams) 0011111111 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


References


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