2002 OFC Nations Cup qualification

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Qualified teams[edit]

Team Appearance Streak Previous appearance
 Australia 5th 5 2000
 Fiji 4th 1 1998
 New Caledonia 3rd 1 1980
 New Zealand 6th 6 2000
 Solomon Islands 4th 2 2000
 Papua New Guinea 2nd 1 1980
 Tahiti 6th 6 2000
 Vanuatu 5th(1) 2 2000
1Includes two pre-independence appearances as the New Hebrides

Qualification Procedure[edit]

With the end of the Polynesian and Melanesian Cups between the 2000 and 2002 tournaments, (the two competitions formerly served a secondary function as qualifiers for the Oceania Nations Cup), a new format was created to decide the teams which would be accepted for the Nations Cup. Retaining their round-robin group qualifier style, the OFC this time chose to adopt the FIFA rankings to order all the entrants. With New Caledonia not yet a FIFA member, they were placed last by default. The lowest six teams were then made to compete for two places via a round-robin group stage, with the highest-placed two teams qualifying for the Oceania Nations Cup.

The Rankings of all the teams involved in the OFC Nations Cup are below. The positions were taken as of October, 2001, with the eleven ranked teams appearing in the following order:

Rank Team Points by Oct 2001
48  Australia 586
84  New Zealand 477
123  Fiji 349
128  Tahiti 336
134  Solomon Islands 309
168  Vanuatu 182
172  Samoa 158
175  Tonga 151
176  Cook Islands 147
195  Papua New Guinea 56
201  American Samoa 16

Qualifying Tournament[edit]

Before the first group stage began, the  Cook Islands withdrew, resulting in the group stage being played between only five nations.

Results[edit]

Team Pts Pld W D L GF GA GD
 Papua New Guinea 12 4 4 0 0 20 2 +18
 New Caledonia 9 4 3 0 1 25 4 +21
 Samoa 6 4 2 0 2 8 9 −1
 Tonga 3 4 1 0 3 7 18 −11
 American Samoa 0 4 0 0 4 2 29 −27
 Cook Islands 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

Match Schedule[edit]

9 March 2002
New Caledonia  10–0  American Samoa
Case Goal 10'
Pibke Goal 11'40'54'58'70'
Jose Goal 25'
Kauma Goal 36'
Wanakaija Goal 55'
Voudjo Goal 74'
(Report)


12 March 2002
Tonga  7–2  American Samoa
Suli Goal 3'72'80'
Maamaloa Goal 5'
Taufahema Goal 19'
Uele Goal 29'
Fifita Goal 39'
(Report) Atualevao Goal 15'
Afu Goal 70'




16 March 2002
New Caledonia  9–0  Tonga
Faye Goal 17'85'
Pibke Goal 18'26'85'
Voudjo Goal 18'
Kabeu Goal 45'
Kauma Goal 74'
Jose Goal 90'
(Report)



 Papua New Guinea and  New Caledonia progress to the second group stage.