OFC Beach Soccer Championship

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OFC Beach Soccer Championship
OFCBeachSoccerChampionshipLogo.jpg
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 international championship for beach soccer in Oceania, mirroring that of the OFC Nations Cup in association football. Also known as the FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup qualifiers for OFC, the championship was established in 2006 after FIFA made requirements for all confederations to begin holding a qualification tournament to determine the best national team(s) in the region and hence those who would go on to represent their continent in the World Cup.

Oceania was awarded just one spot at the finals under FIFA's new changes to the organisation of the World Cup and hence only the winners of the championship proceed to the succeeding World Cup finals. Before 2006, there was no consistent method of qualification or number of spots at the World Cup for Oceanian nations, with countries often simply being invited to play in the finals, without competing for a regional crown beforehand.

The Solomon Islands are the most successful nation having dominated the championships, winning four of the five that have taken place. However, Tahiti have emerged as a global force in more recent years.

Now that the World Cup takes place every two years, so does the championship which started with the qualifiers for the 2011 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 selected by OFC, no qualifiers held[A]
2009
details
Moorea, Tahiti
Solomon Islands
1 – 0
Vanuatu

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

Fiji
-
2013
details
Nouméa, New Caledonia[B]
Solomon Islands
6 – 0
New Caledonia

Vanuatu
-
2015 Tahiti selected by OFC, no qualifiers held[C]
2017 Tahiti selected by OFC, no qualifiers held[D]
2019

Notes:

A ^ Due to a late calendar change bringing the World Cup forward from November to July, the OFC judged that it would be too difficult to reorganise the Championship in time, and hence on the back of their two previous titles, the Solomon Islands where hand-picked by the OFC as the continent's representative at the World Cup.
B ^ Tahiti, despite being defending champions, were unable to compete due to a pre-arranged tour of Europe to play against higher level opposition in preparation as host nation of the World Cup. Hence the competition was moved from Tahiti to New Caledonia.
C ^ Due to undisclosed circumstances, the tournament scheduled to take place in Papeete, Tahiti in February was cancelled with the Tahitian national team picked by the OFC to go to represent Oceania at the World Cup.
D ^ The 2017 edition was set to take place in February of 2017[1] but for the second-scheduled edition running, the championship was cancelled for undisclosed reasons, with OFC in favour of nominating Tahiti as representatives having demonstrated being the best nation in the region through their performance at the preceding World Cup.[2]

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) -
 New Caledonia - 1 (2013) - -
 Fiji - - 1 (2011) 1 (2009)
 New Zealand - - 1 (2007) -
 Cook Islands - - - 1 (2006)

Appearances[edit]

These are the nations who have qualified to appear in the OFC Beach Soccer Championship since 2006.

Legend
  • 1st – Champions
  • 2nd – Runners-up
  • 3rd – Third place
  • 4th – Fourth place
  • • – Did not quality
  • •• – Qualified but withdrew
  • q – Qualified for upcoming tournament
  •    – Hosts
2006
French Polynesia
(4)
2007
New Zealand
(4)
2009
French Polynesia
(4)
2011
French Polynesia
(3)
2013
New Caledonia
(4)
Total Appearances
 Cook Islands 4th 1
 Fiji 4th 3rd 2
 New Caledonia 2nd 1
 New Zealand 3rd 1
 Solomon Islands 1st 1st 1st 2nd 1st 5
 Tahiti 3rd 4th 3rd 1st 4
 Vanuatu 2nd 2nd 2nd •• 3rd 4

World Cup qualifiers[edit]

The following is a performance timeline of the Oceanian nations who have qualified to appear in the FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup since 2006 when qualifying rounds were introduced for all confederations.

Team Brazil
2006
Brazil
2007
France
2008
United Arab Emirates
2009
Italy
2011
French Polynesia
2013[D]
Portugal
2015
The Bahamas
2017
Total
 Solomon Islands R1 R1 R1 R1 R1 5
 Tahiti R1 4th 2nd q 4

^ Note: In 2013 Oceania were awarded two spots at the World Cup since Tahiti qualified immediately as hosts, occupying the one Oceanian spot. Seeing it as unfair that other nations were not given a chance to qualify to the World Cup, FIFA awarded a second spot to be played for which the Solomon Islands won.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "OFC Executive Committee decisions". oceaniafootball.com. 2014-04-23. Retrieved 2016-04-17. 
  2. ^ "Competition calendar outlined". Oceania Football Confederation. December 10, 2015. 

External links[edit]