1978 OFC U-20 Championship

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1978 OFC U-20 Championship
Tournament details
Host country New Zealand
Dates 11 November - 16 November
Teams 4
Final positions
Champions  Australia (1st title)
Runners-up  Fiji
Third place  New Zealand
Fourth place  Papua New Guinea
1974
1980

The 1978 OFC U-20 Championship was a soccer tournament held in New Zealand. As in common with other biennial OFC U-20 Championships it also served as a qualification for an intercontinental play-off. In this case the 1979 FIFA World Youth Championship.

Teams[edit]

The following teams entered the tournament:

Matches[edit]

It is unclear why Fiji finished second in this group, with a lesser goal difference than New Zealand.

Teams Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
 Australia 3 3 0 0 16 2 +14 6
 Fiji 3 1 1 1 6 6 0 3
 New Zealand 3 1 1 1 6 3 +3 3
 Papua New Guinea 3 0 0 3 0 17 –17 0


11 November Australia  9–0  Papua New Guinea
Fiji  1–1  New Zealand
14 November New Zealand  4–0  Papua New Guinea
Australia  5–1  Fiji
16 November Fiji  4–0  Papua New Guinea
New Zealand  1–2  Australia


 1978 OFC U-20 Championship 

Australia
First title

Qualification to World Youth Championship[edit]

Australia failed to qualify for the 1979 FIFA World Youth Championship. They finished last in an intercontinental play-off group with Paraguay and Israel. Matches were played in Asunción, Paraguay.

Teams Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
 Paraguay 4 4 0 0 10 1 +9 8
 Israel 4 0 2 2 1 5 –4 2
 Australia 4 0 2 2 0 5 –5 2


7 February Paraguay  2–0  Australia
9 February Israel  0–0  Australia
11 February Paraguay  3–0  Israel
14 February Australia  0–0  Israel
16 February Paraguay  3–0  Australia
18 February Paraguay  2–1  Israel

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