Oceania Football Conference (OFC)
OFC has been representing the soccer region of Australia, New Zealand and South Pacific island nations since it was founded in 1966. Discussions leading to the creation of OFC started during the 1964 Olympic Games in Tokyo, and resulted from the Asian Football Confederation’s refusal to accept either Australia or New Zealand for membership.
It took 24 years for FIFA to upgrade Oceania’s status to that of a ‘geographical entity’, in preparation for a six-year trial period to determine whether the body merited confirmation as a full confederation. Finally, in 1996, FIFA put forward a motion to accept OFC as a full confederation at the FIFA Congress in Zurich.
To date, OFC’s membership includes American Samoa, Australia, Cook Islands, Fiji, New Caledonia, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tahiti, Tonga, and Vanuatu. OFC is based in Auckland, New Zealand and is headed by New Zealander president Charles Dembsey and New Zealander general secretary Josephine King.