2006 FIFA World Cup qualification (OFC)
Listed below are the dates and results for the 2006 FIFA World Cup qualification rounds for Oceania. 12 teams took part, competing for a place in the intercontinental play-off against the fifth-placed team from South America. The winner of this play-off qualified for the World Cup.
This qualifying tournament also doubled as the 2004 OFC Nations Cup, up to the final play-off stage.
If teams are even on points at the end of group play, the tied teams will be ranked as follows:
- greater number of points obtained in matches between the tied teams
- goal difference in matches between the tied teams
- greater number of goals scored in matches between the tied teams
- goal difference in all group matches
- greater number of goals scored in all group matches
- a play-off on neutral ground, with extra time and penalties if necessary (in qualifying)
- drawing of lots (at the final event)
This is a change from the 2002 FIFA World Cup, where total goal difference was the first tiebreaker.
The competition was composed of three rounds. Australia and New Zealand entered the competition directly in the Second Round. The other 10 teams were divided in two groups of five teams each, and played against each other once. The two teams with most points in each group advanced to the Second Round.
|Papua New Guinea||4||2||1||1||17||6||+11||7|
In the Second round, the six teams were put in a single group, and played against each other once. The two teams with most points advanced to a play-off, and played against each other home and away. The winner of this play-off advanced to the intercontinental play-off.
Australia and the Solomon Islands progressed to the final stage.
3 September 2005
Viduka 36', 43'
6 September 2005
|Fa'arodo 49'||Report||Thompson 19'
The final round winners then played the fifth-placed team of CONMEBOL qualifying, Uruguay, in a home-and-away play-off. The winner of this play-off qualified for the 2006 FIFA World Cup finals.
|Team 1||Agg.||Team 2||1st leg||2nd leg|
|Uruguay||1–1 (2–4 p)||Australia||1–0||0–1 (a.e.t.)|