2010 FIFA World Cup qualification (OFC)

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The 2010 FIFA World Cup qualification for the Oceania Football Confederation (OFC) selected New Zealand to compete in a two-legged home-and-away playoff against Bahrain, the fifth-place team from the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) for a spot in the 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa. (Oceania is the only confederation that does not have an automatic place in the finals.) Its final round was the 2008 OFC Nations Cup. Consequently, New Zealand is also considered the OFC Nations Cup champion, and represented the OFC in the 2009 FIFA Confederations Cup.

This is the first OFC World Cup qualifying campaign since Australia's move from the OFC to the AFC.

Format[edit]

The first phase began at the 2007 Pacific Games in Samoa, with the football tournament doubling as an OFC World Cup qualifying competition. The gold, silver, and bronze medallists (New Caledonia, Fiji, and Vanuatu, respectively) advanced to the second phase.

The three medallists joined seeded side New Zealand in a home-and-away round-robin tournament on FIFA match dates in 2007 and 2008, also acting as the 2008 OFC Nations Cup.

There were some confusion as to how the final qualifier for the playoff against an AFC nation would be selected. The FIFA website initially indicated that the top two sides from the round robin would advance to a play-off which would determine the qualifier, but the OFC articles did not include this round (with the round-robin winner advancing automatically). Later FIFA articles confirmed that the round-robin winner would advance automatically.[1][2]

First round[edit]

The 2007 South Pacific Games held the first round. The draw was held on 12 June 2007 in Auckland, New Zealand. Tuvalu were not members of FIFA and so would have been unable to qualify for the World Cup had they proceeded to the OFC Nations Cup stage. It was not even clear whether Tuvalu would be eligible to advance that far had they finished in a medal position, as the OFC press release for the second stage draw stated that "nine eligible member associations battle it out for the gold, silver and bronze medals that will hand them a berth in a Stage Two round robin home and away playoff with New Zealand" - implying one nation (Tuvalu) would not be eligible. This question was rendered moot, however, as Tuvalu finished last in their table.

Papua New Guinea, having initially entered the 2010 World Cup and indicated their intention to enter the South Pacific Games, were involved in a dispute with their sporting authorities and failed to meet the official accreditation deadline for the South Pacific Games. This meant they were effectively disqualified from the World Cup.

Group stage[edit]

Group A[edit]

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
 Fiji 4 3 1 0 25 1 +24 10
 New Caledonia 4 3 1 0 6 1 +5 10
 Tahiti 4 1 1 2 2 6 −4 4
 Cook Islands 4 1 0 3 4 9 −5 3
 Tuvalu * 4 0 1 3 2 22 −20 1
  Cook Islands Fiji New Caledonia French Polynesia Tuvalu
Cook Islands  0 – 4 0 – 3 0 – 1  4 – 1
Fiji  1 – 1 4 – 0 16 – 0
New Caledonia  1 – 0  1 – 0
Tahiti   1 – 1
Tuvalu 

* Tuvalu were not members of FIFA and so were not eligible to qualify for the World Cup.

Group B[edit]

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
 Solomon Islands 4 4 0 0 21 1 +20 12
 Vanuatu 4 3 0 1 23 3 +20 9
 Samoa 4 2 0 2 9 8 +1 6
 Tonga 4 1 0 3 6 10 −4 3
 American Samoa 4 0 0 4 1 38 −37 0
  American Samoa Samoa Solomon Islands Tonga Vanuatu
American Samoa  0 – 7 1 – 12 0 – 4 0 – 15
Samoa  0 – 3  2 – 1 0 – 4 
Solomon Islands  4 – 0 2 – 0 
Tonga  1 – 4 
Vanuatu 

Knockout stage[edit]

Semi-finals Final
   Solomon Islands   2  
   New Caledonia   3  
 
       New Caledonia   1
     Fiji   0
Third place
   Fiji   3    Solomon Islands   0
   Vanuatu   0      Vanuatu   2

The three medallists, New Caledonia, Fiji, and Vanuatu, advanced to the 2008 OFC Nations Cup (together with automatic qualifier New Zealand).

Second round[edit]

Main article: 2008 OFC Nations Cup
Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
 New Zealand 6 5 0 1 14 5 +9 15
 New Caledonia 6 2 2 2 12 10 +2 8
 Fiji 6 2 1 3 8 11 −3 7
 Vanuatu 6 1 1 4 5 13 −8 4
  Fiji New Caledonia New Zealand Vanuatu
Fiji  3 – 3 0 – 2 2 – 0
New Caledonia  4 – 0 1 – 3 3 – 0
New Zealand  0 – 2 3 – 0 4 – 1
Vanuatu  2 – 1 1 – 1 1 – 2

New Zealand qualified for the play-off with the AFC 5th-placed team, as well as the 2009 FIFA Confederations Cup in South Africa.

Play-off[edit]

The Oceania champion (New Zealand) played the 5th Place team from the Asian qualifiers, Bahrain, in a two-legged play-off; New Zealand beat Bahrain to qualify for the 2010 World Cup.

The draw for the order in which the two matches would be played was held on 2 June 2009 during the FIFA Congress in Nassau, the Bahamas.[3]

Team 1 Agg. Team 2 1st leg 2nd leg
Bahrain  0–1  New Zealand 0–0 0–1

Goalscorers[edit]

There were 150 goals scored over 38 games (including the intercontinental play-off), for an average of 3.95 goals per game.

Pos Player Country Total goals Goals by round
S-G S-F ONC PO
1 Osea Vakatalesau  Fiji 12 9 1 2 X
2 Seule Soromon  Vanuatu 9 8 1 0 X
3 Shane Smeltz  New Zealand 8 8 0
4 Commins Menapi  Solomon Islands 7 6 1 X X
5 Roy Krishna  Fiji 6 3 1 2 X
François Sakama  Vanuatu 3 1 2 X
7 Michel Hmaé  New Caledonia 5 0 0 5 X
Iamel Kabeu  New Caledonia 4 1 0 X
Etienne Mermer  Vanuatu 4 0 1 X
10 Pierre Wajoka  New Caledonia 4 2 0 2 X
Henry Fa'arodo  Solomon Islands 3 1 X X
Benjamin Totori  Solomon Islands 4 0 X X
13 Pita Baleitoga  Fiji 3 3 0 0 X
Pita Rabo  Fiji 3 0 0 X
David Mulligan  New Zealand 3 0
16 Teariki Mateariki  Cook Islands 2 2 X X X
Maciu Dunadamu  Fiji 0 0 2 X
Malakai Kainihewe  Fiji 2 0 0 X
Malakai Tiwa  Fiji 2 0 0 X
Taniela Waqa  Fiji 2 0 0 X
Chris Cahill  Samoa 2 X X X
Desmond Faaiuso  Samoa 2 X X X
Penitito Tumua  Samoa 2 X X X
Godwin Bebeu  Solomon Islands 2 0 X X
Alick Maemae  Solomon Islands 2 0 X X
Stanley Waita  Solomon Islands 2 0 X X
Pio Palu  Tonga 2 X X X
Richard Iwai  Vanuatu 2 0 0 X
Jean Nako Naprapol  Vanuatu 1 0 1 X
Moise Poida  Vanuatu 2 0 0 X
  • New Zealand Shane Smeltz (New Zealand) with 8 goals was the 2008 OFC Nations Cup top scorer.

Key:
— - Bye
X - Eliminated

1 goal
Own goal

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