Oceania Football Confederation
The Oceania Football Confederation ( OFC short, German: Oceanian Football Confederation ) is one of six continental confederations of world football association FIFA. It was founded in 1966 by the football associations from Australia, New Zealand, Fiji and Papua New Guinea. Currently, the OFC belong to eleven organizations. The Association is based Auckland, New Zealand. The OFC is the host of the Football Ozeanienmeisterschaft.
- 4.1 National 4.1.1 Men
- 4.1.2 Women
The OFC is currently composed of 14 national associations of which 3 are associated only and not as a member of FIFA.
* No members of FIFA, but associate members of the OFC.
Not recognized are, inter alia, the National or State selections of the Marshall Islands, Micronesia, Nauru, Palau and Wallis and Futuna.
On 1 January 2006, the OFC lost with Australia its largest member, the Asian Football Confederation ( AFC), the Continental Association of Asia joined. The oceanic countries Guam and Northern Mariana Islands are members of the Asian Association.
FIFA recognized the OFC as an independent confederation until 1996 to complete. Negotiating point since the participation of oceanic teams at the World Cup. Currently, Oceania is at only half the grid. So the World Cup contenders of the OFC must deliver against a national of another confederation two play-off games. For the World Cup 2010 New Zealand managed to surprise the qualification against the selection of Bahrain.
Throughout history, the teams from Taiwan and Israel to the World Cup qualifiers OFC participated. This was done mostly for political reasons, because you wanted to avoid that other participants refuse to play against their opponents (eg Arab teams against Israel). However, in Oceania asylum place teams could never qualify for the World Cup finals.
In 2006, Australia joined the Asian continental federation AFC and is excreted from the OFC. Since then, Australia participates in qualification groups to world championships and Olympic Games, as well as at the Asian Cup under the compulsory games within the AFC and can thus be measured with more equal opponents.
World Cup finals participants
Previously participated in all World Championships Women, a representative of the OFC, but they separated from all in the first round. 2007 came to Australia as a representative of Asia the quarter-finals and was eliminated there by eventual runner-up Brazil.
- Football Ozeanienmeisterschaft
- Olympic qualifying tournament
- Football tournament at the Pacific Games (jointly with the Pacific Games Council)
- U-20 Football Ozeanienmeisterschaft
- U-17 Football Ozeanienmeisterschaft
- OFC Beach Soccer Championship
- OFC Futsal Championship
- Football Ozeanienmeisterschaft of women
- Olympic Qualification Tournament Women
- Football Tournament Women at the Pacific Games (jointly with the Pacific Games Council)
- U-20 Football Ozeanienmeisterschaft of women
- U-17 Football Ozeanienmeisterschaft of women
- OFC Champions League
- OFC Cup