Oceania Football Confederation
|Oceania Football Confederation|
|Association headquarters||Auckland , New Zealand|
|Secretary General||Tai Nicholas|
14 national associations
(including 3 associated)
The Oceania Football Confederation ( OFC for short , German: Oceanic Football Confederation ) is one of the six continental confederations of the world football association FIFA . It was founded in 1966 by the football associations from Australia , New Zealand , Fiji and Papua New Guinea . The OFC currently has eleven associations. The association is based in Auckland , New Zealand. OFC is the host of the Soccer Oceania Championship .
The OFC currently has 14 national associations, 3 of which are merely associated and not as members of FIFA.
|Country / Territory||Association||accession|
|American Samoa||Football Federation American Samoa (FFAS)||1998|
|Cook Islands||Cook Islands Football Association (CIFA)||1994|
|Fiji||Fiji Football Association (FFA)||1966|
|Kiribati *||Kiribati Islands Football Association (KIFA)||2007|
|New Caledonia||Fédération Calédonienne de Football (FCF)||1969|
|New Zealand||New Zealand Football (NZF)||1966|
|Niue *||Niue Island Soccer Association (NISA)||2006|
|Papua New Guinea||Papua New Guinea Football Association (PNGFA)||1966|
|Solomon Islands||Solomon Islands Football Federation (SIFF)||1988|
|Samoa||Football Federation Samoa (FFS)||1984|
|Tahiti||Fédération Tahitienne de Football (FTF)||1990|
|Tonga||Tonga Football Association (TFA)||1994|
|Tuvalu *||Tuvalu National Football Association (TNFA)||2006|
|Vanuatu||Vanuatu Football Federation (VFF)||1988|
* Not members of FIFA , but associate members of the OFC.
On January 1, 2006, the OFC lost its largest member with Australia , since the Football Federation Australia (FFA) joined the Continental Association of Asia . The oceanic countries Guam and the Northern Marianas also belong to the Asian association.
Former member associations
|Country / Territory||Association||accession||exit|
|Australia||Football Federation Australia (FFA)||1966
|Chinese Taipei||Chinese Taipei Football Association (CTFA)||1976
|Northern Mariana Islands *||Northern Mariana Islands Football Association (NMIFA)||1983||2009|
* Not a member of FIFA , but a former associate member of the OFC.
FIFA did not fully recognize the OFC as an independent confederation until 1996. Since then, the point of negotiation has been the participation of oceanic teams in the World Cup. Oceania is currently only entitled to half a starting place. The OFC World Cup contender has to play two play-off games against a national team from another confederation. For the 2010 World Cup , New Zealand surprisingly managed to qualify against the selection from Bahrain. The OFC will have a fixed starting place for the first time at the 2026 World Cup .
Throughout history, teams from Taiwan and Israel have also participated in OFC World Cup qualifiers. This was mostly done for political reasons, as one wanted to avoid that other participants refuse to compete against their opponent (Arab teams and Iran against Israel; People's Republic of China against Taiwan). In 1970 the Israelis were able to prevail against New Zealand and North Korea and then against Australia and qualify for the only time to date for the World Cup finals.
In 2006 Australia joined the Asian continental association AFC and thus left the OFC. Since then, Australia has been taking part in qualifying groups for World Cups and Olympic Games as well as in the Asian Football Cup as part of the competitive games within the AFC and can therefore compete with opponents of equal value.
The Oceanic Association has had a permanent starting place for the Women's World Cup since it was first held in 1991. As host to the 2000 Olympic Games, Australia automatically qualified for the men's and women's tournaments. The OFC has had a fixed starting place for the women's tournament since 2004, which the men received for 1988. Before that, some of the Australians took part in the Asian qualification.
World Cup finals participant
- 1974 - Australia
- 1982 - New Zealand
- 2006 - Australia
- 2010 - New Zealand (Australia also qualified - via the Asian Football Confederation - for this World Cup)
- 2014 - (Australia qualified - through the Asian Football Confederation - for this World Cup)
- 2018 - (Australia qualified - through the Asian Football Confederation - for this World Cup)
No team from Oceania could qualify at any of the other World Cup finals.
So far, a representative of the OFC has participated in all women's world championships, but they were all eliminated in the preliminary round. In 2007, Australia reached the quarter-finals as a representative of Asia and was eliminated there against the eventual runner-up Brazil .
- 1991 - New Zealand
- 1995 - Australia
- 1999 - Australia
- 2003 - Australia
- 2007 - New Zealand (Australia also qualified - via the Asian Football Confederation - for this World Cup)
- 2011 - New Zealand (Australia also qualified - via the Asian Football Confederation - for this World Cup)
- 2015 - New Zealand (Australia also qualified - via the Asian Football Confederation - for this World Cup)
- 2019 - New Zealand (Australia also qualified - via the Asian Football Confederation - for this World Cup)
- 2023 - New Zealand (Australia and New Zealand host this World Cup)
- Soccer Oceania Championship
- Olympic qualifying tournament
- Football tournament at the Pacific Games (together with the Pacific Games Council)
- Oceania U-20 Football Championship
- U-17 Football Oceania Championship
- OFC Beach Soccer Championship
- Oceania Futsal Championship
- Women's Soccer Oceania Championship
- Olympic qualifying tournament for women
- Football tournament of women in the Pacific Games (together with the Pacific Games Council)
- Women's U-20 Oceania Football Championship
- Women's U-17 Oceania Football Championship
- Official website of the Oceania Football Confederation
- Oceania Football Confederation on FIFA.com
- Soccer in Oceania on sportstg.com
- OFCfootball on YouTube
- History. In: oceaniafootball.com. Oceania Football Confederation, accessed July 8, 2019 .
- 50th FIFA Congress, Zurich 1996. In: fifa.com. FIFA , accessed July 8, 2019 .
- This is how the distribution will look from the 2026 World Cup. In: LAOLA1.at. Sportradar Media Services GmbH, May 9, 2017, accessed on March 2, 2019 .
- FIFA Activity Report 2006. (PDF; 17.8 MiB) In: fifa.com. FIFA, p. 17 , accessed July 8, 2019 .