The Melanesia Cup was a 1988 to 2000 seven out registered competition for the five national football teams of Melanesia. Eligible were Fiji, New Caledonia, Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands and Vanuatu.
At the tournament in 1996 it was the " Melanesian " part of the first qualifying round of the Oceania zone for the Football World Cup 1998 in France, where the winner and the winner of a play-off between the runners-up and the winner of the Polynesia Cup second reached round of World Cup qualifiers. For this reason, New Caledonia (then not yet a FIFA member ) is not authorized to start. Fiji was settled as a supposedly play the strongest team in the region for the second round of World Cup qualifiers.
In 2002, the tournament has been canceled for security reasons.