OFC Beach Soccer Championship

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OFC Beach Soccer Championship
Founded 2006
Region Oceania (OFC)
Number of teams 3 (2013)
Current champions  Solomon Islands (4th title)
Most successful team(s)  Solomon Islands
(4 titles)

The OFC Beach Soccer Championship is the main championship for beach soccer in Oceania. The first championship was held in 2006 in Moorea, Tahiti, as was the 2009 tournament and 2011 tournaments. The 2007 tournament was moved to Auckland, New Zealand. Only the winner of the competition qualifies for the following FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup. The Solomon Islands are the most successful nation having dominated the championships, winning three of the four that have taken place.

In 2008, the Solomon Islands were automatically selected for the World Cup as they were nominated as the best nation in the region due to the World Cup being re-scheduled by FIFA who brought the competition forward from November to July meaning that OFC had no time to host the championship, hence no qualifiers were held.

Now that the World Cup takes place every two years, so do the qualifiers which started with the qualifiers for the 2011 FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup.

Tournaments[edit]

Year Location Final Third place match
Champion Score Runner-Up Third Place Score Fourth Place
2006
details
Moorea, Tahiti
Solomon Islands
6 – 2
Vanuatu

Tahiti
12 – 4
Cook Islands
2007
details
Auckland, New Zealand
Solomon Islands
5 – 3
Vanuatu

New Zealand
5 – 3
Tahiti
2008 Solomon Islands automatically selected, no qualifiers held
2009
details
Moorea, Tahiti
Solomon Islands
1 – 0
Vanuatu

Tahiti
6 – 3
Fiji
2011
details
Papeete, Tahiti
Tahiti
4 – 3
Solomon Islands

Fiji
n/a
2013
details
Nouméa, New Caledonia
Solomon Islands
6 – 0
New Caledonia

Vanuatu
n/a

Successful nations[edit]

Team Titles Runners-up Third Place Fourth Place
 Solomon Islands 4 (2006, 2007, 2009, 2013) 1 (2011) - -
 Tahiti 1 (2011) - 2 (2006, 2009) 1 (2007)
 Vanuatu - 3 (2006, 2007, 2009) 1 (2013) -
 Fiji - - 1 (2011) 1 (2009)
 New Zealand - - 1 (2007) -
 New Caledonia - - 1 (2013) -
 Cook Islands - - - 1 (2006)

Nations who have qualified for the world cup[edit]

These are the nations who have been successful enough in the competition to qualify to appear in the FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup, to represent Oceania. The numbers in brackets shows how many times that country has qualified over the three years the tournament has been held.

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