2014 FIFA World Cup qualification (OFC)

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The OFC qualification for the 2014 FIFA World Cup saw teams of the Oceania Football Confederation competing for a place in the finals held in Brazil.

Format[edit]

The initial format was scheduled to begin in August 2011 at the 2011 Pacific Games in Noumea, New Caledonia, where the men's football tournament was to double as the first stage of the OFC World Cup qualifying competition.[1]

However, in June 2011 the format was amended, and the Pacific Games were no longer part of the qualification process.[2] The new structure sees the four lowest ranked entrants play a single round-robin tournament from 22–26 November 2011 in Samoa. The top team in this tournament will then join the other seven teams in the 2012 OFC Nations Cup, with the four semi-finalists from that tournament will advance to Round Three. This stage was originally scheduled to be held in Fiji in June 2012, but on 14 March 2012 the hosting rights were stripped from Fiji[3] as a result of an ongoing legal dispute involving OFC general secretary Tai Nicholas and Fijian authorities.[4] The loss of the finals was confirmed by the Fiji Football Association on 16 March.[5]

Round Three, consisting of a double round-robin held on a home-and-away basis, was scheduled to take place between 7 September 2012 and 26 March 2013. The Round Three winners will compete in the intercontinental play-offs with CONCACAF's fourth-placed team, which was chosen through a random draw,[6] rather than being decided by FIFA beforehand as in previous tournaments (e.g., 2010 against a team from AFC, 2006 against a team from CONMEBOL).

An early proposal to allow the qualifying winner to the final group stage of AFC qualification was submitted by New Zealand Football to FIFA. This proposal, supported by OFC, would have replaced the intercontinental play-off that has been used in recent qualification tournaments,[7] but was not adopted.

Entrants[edit]

The July 2011 FIFA Ranking is shown in brackets.

Bye to second round
(Ranked 1st to 6th + PNG)
Competing in first round
(Ranked 7th to 10th)
  1.  New Zealand (94)
  2.  Fiji (156)
  3.  New Caledonia (164)
  4.  Vanuatu (169)
  5.  Solomon Islands (181)
  6.  Tahiti (182)
  7.  Papua New Guinea (unranked)
  1.  Samoa (189)
  2.  Tonga (192)
  3.  Cook Islands (195)
  4.  American Samoa (203)

First round[edit]

Based on FIFA ranks and other sporting considerations, the first round featured American Samoa, Cook Islands, Samoa and Tonga and were played as a single round-robin tournament in Samoa from 22 to 26 November 2011. The winner of the group advanced to the second round.


Team
Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
 Samoa 3 2 1 0 5 3 +2 7
 Tonga 3 1 1 1 4 4 0 4
 American Samoa 3 1 1 1 3 3 0 4
 Cook Islands 3 0 1 2 4 6 −2 1
  American Samoa Cook Islands Samoa Tonga
American Samoa  1–1 0–1 2–1
Cook Islands  2–3 1–2
Samoa  1–1
Tonga 


Second round[edit]

Main article: 2012 OFC Nations Cup

The winner of the first round joined the remaining seven OFC teams in the 2012 OFC Nations Cup. The four semi-finalists (the top two teams from each group in the group stage) advanced to the third round. The groups were drawn at the World Cup Preliminary Draw at the Marina da Glória in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil on 30 July 2011.

The tournament was held in the Solomon Islands from 1 to 10 June 2012.[8] Fiji had been the proposed host, but had their hosting rights revoked on 14 March 2012.[5]

Seeding[edit]

The teams were seeded into two pots of 4 based on the July 2011 FIFA World Rankings – with the first round winner automatically seeded eighth. Each group consisted of two teams from each pot.

Pot 1 Pot 2

 New Zealand
 Fiji
 New Caledonia
 Vanuatu

 Solomon Islands
 Tahiti
 Papua New Guinea
 Samoa

First round winner whose identity was not known at the time of the draw.

Group stage[edit]

Group A[edit]

Team
Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
 Tahiti 3 3 0 0 18 5 +13 9
 New Caledonia 3 2 0 1 17 6 +11 6
 Vanuatu 3 1 0 2 8 9 −1 3
 Samoa 3 0 0 3 1 24 −23 0
  New Caledonia Samoa French Polynesia Vanuatu
New Caledonia  9–0 3–4 5–2
Samoa  1–10 0–5
Tahiti  4–1
Vanuatu 


Group B[edit]

Team
Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
 New Zealand 3 2 1 0 4 2 +2 7
 Solomon Islands 3 1 2 0 2 1 +1 5
 Fiji 3 0 2 1 1 2 −1 2
 Papua New Guinea 3 0 1 2 2 4 −2 1
  Fiji New Zealand Papua New Guinea Solomon Islands
Fiji  0–1 1–1 0–0
New Zealand  2–1 1–1
Papua New Guinea  0–1
Solomon Islands 


OFC Nations Cup Knockout stage[edit]

The four semi-finalists in the 2012 OFC Nations Cup advanced to the third round of World Cup qualifying, despite the outcome of the final knockout rounds of the OFC Nations Cup itself. The final results of the OFC Nations cup knockout stage matches do count in other ways as part of the World Cup qualifying, with FIFA counting goalscorers in the qualifying statistics, and cards given may contribute to suspensions in the third round of World Cup qualifying.

Semi-finals Final
  Tahiti  1  
  Solomon Islands  0  
 
      Tahiti  1
    New Caledonia  0
Third place
  New Zealand  0   Solomon Islands  3
  New Caledonia  2     New Zealand  4

Third round[edit]

The four remaining teams played a double round-robin between 7 September 2012 and 26 March 2013, with the top team advancing to the intercontinental play-off.

Note that – unlike the previously announced format – this means the team that advances to the intercontinental play-off may be different from the team that wins the OFC Nations Cup, and represents the OFC at the 2013 Confederations Cup.

The draw for the fixtures was conducted at OFC Headquarters in Auckland, New Zealand on 26 June 2012.[9] The matches were scheduled to take place in the period from 7 September 2012 to 26 March 2013.[10]

Team
Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
 New Zealand 6 6 0 0 17 2 +15 18
 New Caledonia 6 4 0 2 17 6 +11 12
 Tahiti 6 1 0 5 2 12 −10 3
 Solomon Islands 6 1 0 5 5 21 −16 3
  New Caledonia New Zealand Solomon Islands French Polynesia
New Caledonia  0–2 5–0 1–0
New Zealand  2–1 6–1 3–0
Solomon Islands  2–6 0–2 2–0
Tahiti  0–4 0–2 2–0


Intercontinental play-off[edit]

The winner of the OFC qualification tournament, New Zealand, played against CONCACAF's fourth-placed team, Mexico, in a home-and-away play-off. Mexico, the winner of this play-off, qualified for the 2014 FIFA World Cup.

The first leg was played on 13 November 2013, and the second leg was played on 20 November 2013.[11]

Team 1 Agg. Team 2 1st leg 2nd leg
Mexico  9–3  New Zealand 5–1 4–2

Goalscorers[edit]

There were 124 goals scored in 36 games, for an average of 3.44 goals per game.

Note: Statistics include goals scored in the knockout stage of the OFC Nations Cup as these matches are also considered by FIFA as part of the qualifiers.[12]

Pos Player Country Total goals Goals by round
R1 ONC R3 PO
1 Georges Gope-Fenepej  New Caledonia 8 2 6 X
2 Jacques Haeko  New Caledonia 7 6 1 X
Chris Wood  New Zealand 7 5 2 X
4 Bertrand Kaï  New Caledonia 5 4 1 X
Shane Smeltz  New Zealand 5 2 3 X
Lorenzo Tehau  Tahiti 5 5 0 X
7 Roy Kayara  New Caledonia 4 2 2 X
César Lolohea  New Caledonia 4 0 4 X
Alvin Tehau  Tahiti 4 4 0 X
Jonathan Tehau  Tahiti 4 4 0 X
Benjamin Totori  Solomon Islands 4 4 0 X
12 Chris Killen  New Zealand 3 0 3 X
Robert Tasso  Vanuatu 3 3 0 X
14 Campbell Best  Cook Islands 2 2 X X X
Nicolas Vallar  Tahiti 2 2 X X
Steevy Chong Hue  Tahiti 2 2 0 X
Henry Fa'arodo  Solomon Islands 2 0 2 X
Luki Gosche  Samoa 2 2 0 X X
Iamel Kabeu  New Caledonia 2 0 2 X
Shalom Luani  American Samoa 2 2 X X X
Silao Malo  Samoa 2 1 1 X X
Michael McGlinchey  New Zealand 2 0 2 X
Jean Nako Naprapol  Vanuatu 2 2 X X
Tim Payne  New Zealand 2 0 2 X
Tommy Smith  New Zealand 2 1 1 X
Chris James  New Zealand 2 0 0 2
Teaonui Tehau  Tahiti 2 2 0 X
Himson Teleda  Tahiti 2 1 1 X

Key:
— - Bye
X - Eliminated

1 goal
1 Own Goal

References[edit]

  1. ^ MoU agreement with OFC
  2. ^ Pacific Games no longer part of qualification
  3. ^ "OFC strip Fiji of Nation Cup hosting rights". FijiLive.com. 14 March 2012. Retrieved 14 March 2012. 
  4. ^ "OFC takes tournaments away from Fiji". FijiLive.com. 17 January 2012. Retrieved 14 March 2012. 
  5. ^ a b "Presidents Corner - Fiji Football Association President - Rajesh Patel". Fiji Football Association. 16 March 2012. Retrieved 16 March 2012. 
  6. ^ "Financial report presented & decisions taken on competition hosts & Brazil 2014 slots" (Press release). FIFA. 3 March 2011. Retrieved 4 March 2011. 
  7. ^ Woodcock, Fred (27 June 2010). "All Whites keen to mix it with Asia's best". Stuff.co.nz. Retrieved 15 September 2011. 
  8. ^ "Honiara to host OFC Nations Cup". Oceania Football Confederation. 28 March 2012. Retrieved 28 March 2012. 
  9. ^ "World Cup trail laid out for Stage 3 sides". Oceania Football Confederation. 26 June 2012. 
  10. ^ "2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil - Preliminary Competition Format and Draw Procedures - Oceanian Zone". FIFA.com. 
  11. ^ "International Match Calendar 2013–2018". FIFA.com. 
  12. ^ "Oceania Top Scorers". FIFA.com. 

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