2016 OFC Nations Cup

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2016 OFC Nations Cup
Tournament details
Host country  Papua New Guinea
Dates 28 May – 11 June 2016
Teams 8 (from 1 confederation)
Venue(s) 1 (in 1 host city)
Final positions
Champions  New Zealand (5th title)
Runners-up  Papua New Guinea
Tournament statistics
Matches played 15
Goals scored 48 (3.2 per match)
Attendance 41,996 (2,800 per match)
Top scorer(s) Papua New Guinea Raymond Gunemba (5 goals)
Best player Papua New Guinea David Muta
Best goalkeeper New Zealand Stefan Marinovic
Fair play award  New Caledonia
2012
2020

The 2016 OFC Nations Cup was the 10th edition of the OFC Nations Cup, the quadrennial international men's football championship of Oceania organised by the Oceania Football Confederation (OFC). The tournament was played between 28 May and 11 June 2016 in Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea.[1] The winner (New Zealand) qualified for the 2017 FIFA Confederations Cup in Russia.

Similar to the previous edition in 2012, the tournament also doubled as the second round of the 2018 FIFA World Cup qualification tournament for the Oceania region. The top six teams of this tournament (i.e. the top three teams of each group in the group stage) advanced to the third round of World Cup qualifying, to be played between March and October 2017, with the winners of the third round proceeding to the inter-confederation play-offs in November 2017.[2][3][4] This means that once again, the team that wins the qualifying competition and advances to the intercontinental play-off may be different from the team that wins the OFC Nations Cup and represents the OFC at the 2017 FIFA Confederations Cup.

The defending champions Tahiti, who had won their first title at the 2012 OFC Nations Cup,[5] were eliminated in the Group Stage.

Host selection[edit]

Tahiti, Fiji, Papua New Guinea and New Zealand were expected to bid to host the event.[6] On 16 October 2015, OFC President David Chung confirmed that Papua New Guinea was the only member association to present a bid to host the 2016 OFC Nations Cup.[7] The OFC confirmed Papua New Guinea as hosts on 30 October 2015.[1]

Qualification[edit]

All 11 FIFA-affiliated national teams from OFC entered the OFC Nations Cup.[8][9] The seven highest ranked teams (based on FIFA World Ranking and sporting reasons) among the 11 OFC entrants automatically qualified.

The 4 teams which competed in the qualification round of the 2012 tournamentAmerican Samoa, Cook Islands, Samoa and Tonga – once again competed in a preliminary round. This was a round-robin tournament, held in one location (Tonga).[9] The winners of the tournament, Samoa, qualified to compete alongside the remaining 7 Oceania nations.

Qualified teams[edit]

Team Method of
qualification
Date of
qualification
Finals
appearance
Last
appearance
Previous best
performance
FIFA ranking
at start of event[10]
 Fiji Automatic 29 March 2014 8th 2012 3rd (1998, 2008) 183
 New Caledonia Automatic 29 March 2014 6th 2012 2nd (2008, 2012) 191
 New Zealand Automatic 29 March 2014 10th 2012 Winners (1973, 1998, 2002, 2008) 161
 Papua New Guinea Automatic 29 March 2014 4th 2012 R1 (1980, 2002, 2012) 198
 Solomon Islands Automatic 29 March 2014 7th 2012 2nd (2004) 192
 Tahiti Automatic 29 March 2014 9th 2012 Winners (2012) 196
 Vanuatu Automatic 29 March 2014 9th 2012 4th (1973, 2000, 2002, 2008) 181
 Samoa Qualifying winner 4 September 2015 2nd 2012 R1 (2012) 170

Format[edit]

The format of the OFC Nations Cup is as follows:

  • Group stage: The eight teams are divided into two groups of four teams. The top two teams of each group will advance to the knockout stage. Moreover, the top three teams of each group advance to the third round of 2018 World Cup qualifying.
  • Knockout stage: The four teams play a single-elimination tournament (semi-finals and final) to decide the champions of the OFC Nations Cup.

The OFC have considered different proposals of the 2016 OFC Nations Cup.[9] A previous proposal adopted by the OFC in October 2014 had the eight teams divided into two groups of four teams to play home-and-away round-robin matches in the second round, followed by the top two teams of each group advancing to the third round to play in a single group of home-and-away round-robin matches to decide the winner of the 2016 OFC Nations Cup which would both qualify to the 2017 FIFA Confederations Cup and advance to the inter-confederation play-offs.[11] However, it was later reported in April 2015 that the OFC had reversed its decision, and the 2016 OFC Nations Cup will be played as a one-off tournament similar to the 2012 OFC Nations Cup.[6]

Venues[edit]

The tournament was played at a single venue in Port Moresby.

Port Moresby
Sir John Guise Stadium
9°26′27″S 147°11′07″E / 9.440893°S 147.185355°E / -9.440893; 147.185355 (Sir John Guise Stadium)

Squads[edit]

Officials[edit]

10 referees and 12 assistant referees were named for the tournament.[12]

Draw[edit]

The draw for the 2016 OFC Nations Cup was held as part of the 2018 FIFA World Cup Preliminary Draw on 25 July 2015, starting 18:00 MSK (UTC+3), at the Konstantinovsky Palace in Strelna, Saint Petersburg, Russia.[13][14]

The seeding was based on the FIFA World Rankings of July 2015 (shown in parentheses).[13][15] The eight teams were seeded into two pots:

  • Pot 1 contained the direct qualifiers ranked 1–4.
  • Pot 2 contained the direct qualifiers ranked 5–7 and the first round winner.

Each group contained two teams from Pot 1 and two teams from Pot 2. As the draw was held before the first round was played, the identity of the first round winner was not known at the time of the draw. The fixtures of each group were decided based on the draw position of each team (teams in Pot 1 drawn to position 1 or 2, teams in Pot 2 drawn to position 3 or 4).

Note: Bolded teams qualified for the World Cup qualifying third round.

Pot 1 Pot 2
  1.  New Zealand (136)
  2.  New Caledonia (167)
  3.  Tahiti (188)
  4.  Solomon Islands (191)
  1.  Vanuatu (197)
  2.  Fiji (199)
  3.  Papua New Guinea (202)
  4.  Samoa (198) (first round winner)

Group stage[edit]

All times are local, UTC+10.

Group A[edit]

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1  Papua New Guinea (H) 3 1 2 0 11 3 +8 5 Qualification to Nations Cup knockout stage
and World Cup qualifying third round
2  New Caledonia 3 1 2 0 9 2 +7 5
3  Tahiti 3 1 2 0 7 3 +4 5 Qualification to World Cup qualifying third round
4  Samoa 3 0 0 3 0 19 −19 0
Source: FIFA
Rules for classification: Qualification tiebreakers
(H) Host.

29 May 2016 (2016-05-29)
16:00
Papua New Guinea  1–1  New Caledonia
Semmy Goal 41' Report (FIFA)
Report (OFC)
Saïko Goal 83'

29 May 2016 (2016-05-29)
19:00
Tahiti  4–0  Samoa
Report (FIFA)
Report (OFC)

1 June 2016 (2016-06-01)
16:00
Papua New Guinea  2–2  Tahiti
Gunemba Goal 45+1'64' Report (FIFA)
Report (OFC)

1 June 2016 (2016-06-01)
19:00
New Caledonia  7–0  Samoa
Report (FIFA)
Report (OFC)

5 June 2016 (2016-06-05)
16:00
Papua New Guinea  8–0  Samoa
Report (FIFA)
Report (OFC)

5 June 2016 (2016-06-05)
19:00
Tahiti  1–1  New Caledonia
T. Tehau Goal 90+2' Report (FIFA)
Report (OFC)
Kaï Goal 80'

Group B[edit]

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1  New Zealand 3 3 0 0 9 1 +8 9 Qualification to Nations Cup knockout stage
and World Cup qualifying third round
2  Solomon Islands 3 1 0 2 1 2 −1 3
3  Fiji 3 1 0 2 4 6 −2 3 Qualification to World Cup qualifying third round
4  Vanuatu 3 1 0 2 3 8 −5 3
Source: FIFA
Rules for classification: Qualification tiebreakers

28 May 2016 (2016-05-28)
16:00
New Zealand  3–1  Fiji
Report (FIFA)
Report (OFC)
Krishna Goal 45+2' (pen.)

28 May 2016 (2016-05-28)
19:00
Vanuatu  0–1  Solomon Islands
Report (FIFA)
Report (OFC)
Donga Goal 19'

31 May 2016 (2016-05-31)
16:00
Vanuatu  0–5  New Zealand
Report (FIFA)
Report (OFC)

31 May 2016 (2016-05-31)
19:00
Solomon Islands  0–1  Fiji
Report (FIFA)
Report (OFC)
Krishna Goal 85' (pen.)

4 June 2016 (2016-06-04)
16:00
Fiji  2–3  Vanuatu
Report (FIFA)
Report (OFC)

4 June 2016 (2016-06-04)
19:00
New Zealand  1–0  Solomon Islands
Adams Goal 80' Report (FIFA)
Report (OFC)

Knockout stage[edit]

If tied after regulation, extra time and, if necessary, penalty shoot-out would be used to decide the winner. All times are local, UTC+10.

Bracket[edit]

 
Semi-finals Final
 
           
 
8 June — Port Moresby
 
 
 New Zealand 1
 
11 June — Port Moresby
 
 New Caledonia 0
 
 New Zealand (pen.) 0 (4)
 
8 June — Port Moresby
 
 Papua New Guinea 0 (2)
 
 Papua New Guinea 2
 
 
 Solomon Islands 1
 

Semi-finals[edit]

8 June 2016 (2016-06-08)
16:10
New Zealand  1–0  New Caledonia
Wood Goal 49' Report (FIFA)
Report (OFC)

8 June 2016 (2016-06-08)
19:40
Papua New Guinea  2–1  Solomon Islands
Report (FIFA)
Report (OFC)
Molea Goal 41'

Final[edit]

Goalscorers[edit]

There were 48 goals scored in 15 matches, for an average of 3.2 goals per match.

5 goals
4 goals
3 goals
2 goals
1 goal

Awards[edit]

Award[17] Player Team
Golden Ball David Muta  Papua New Guinea
Golden Boot Raymond Gunemba  Papua New Guinea
Golden Gloves Stefan Marinovic  New Zealand
Fair Play Award  New Caledonia

Broadcasting rights[edit]

Country Broadcaster Ref.
OFC OFC TV [18]
 Asia Pacific Fox Sports
 South Asia Star Sports
 European Union Eurosport
 Australia SBS [19]
 Fiji FBC TV [20]
 French Polynesia Tahiti Nui TV [19]
 New Caledonia Nouvelle-Calédonie 1re [19]
 New Zealand Sky Sport [19]
 Papua New Guinea EM TV [19]
 Samoa TV1 Samoa [19]
 Solomon Islands Telekom Television [19]
 Vanuatu Television Blong Vanuatu [19]

References[edit]

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  9. ^ a b c "OFC Executive Committee decisions". OFC. Archived from the original on 3 March 2016. Retrieved 20 May 2014. 
  10. ^ "FIFA Men's Ranking – May 2016 (OFC)". FIFA.com. 5 May 2016. 
  11. ^ "OFC Executive Committee outcomes". Oceania Football Confederation. 20 October 2014. Archived from the original on 5 July 2015. 
  12. ^ "Officials confirmed for OFC Nations Cup". Oceania Football Confederation. 15 May 2016. 
  13. ^ a b "Draw Procedures – Oceanian Zone" (PDF). FIFA.com. 
  14. ^ "World Cup path laid out for Oceania". OFC. 26 July 2015. Archived from the original on 4 March 2016. 
  15. ^ "FIFA Men's Ranking – July 2015 (OFC)". FIFA.com. 9 July 2015. 
  16. ^ "Regulations – 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia" (PDF). FIFA.com. 
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