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[The flag of Oceania Football Confederation] 2:3
by Juan Manuel Gabino Villascán, March 6, 2003.
Emblem by Antoni Mysona, from High Quality Football Logos.


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The Oceania Football Confederation (OFC)

From OFC website
OFC History
By Charles Dempsey, CBE

(...)

And so it was in 1966, that FIFA formally approved our proposal and the Oceania Football Confederation was officially born. We had been recognised as a confederation but we were still voiceless - not having representation on either the FIFA executive committee or any of the other committees. But the point was Oceania was born!

The founding members of the OFC were Australia, Fiji, New Zealand and Papua New Guinea. (New Caledonia were involved and were very supportive but at this date they are provisional members not having sports autonomy from France.) The OFC's first-ever congress was held two years later and the delegates - responding, to the proposal by both Australia and New Zealand - agreed that Sir William Walkley and Ian McAndrew be appointed chairman and secretary/treasurer respectively. Both were from Australia.

Sir William's fine opening remarks at the 1968 congress called on "all nations (to) work together for the development of football in the South Pacific". His words were true then and remain true today.

(...)


The current OFC football association members are:

Codes from FIFA 

OFC Full members (11)


Country                                     ABREVIATION     FIFA MEMBER     FOUNDED
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AMERICAN SAMOA                                  ASA               1998            1984
AUSTRALIA                                       AUS               1963            1961
COOK ISLANDS                                    COK               1994            1971
FIJI                                            FIJ               1963            1938
NEW CALEDONIA                                   NCL               2004            1928
NEW ZEALAND                                     NZL               1948            1891
PAPUA NEW GUINEA                                PNG               1963            1962
SAMOA                                           SAM               1986            1968
SOLOMON ISLANDS                                 SOL               1988            1978
TAHITI (FRENCH POLYNESIA)                       TAH               1990            1989
TONGA                                           TGA               1994            1965
VANUATU                                         VAN               1988            1946


OFC Associate members (2)


Country                                     ABREVIATION     FIFA MEMBER     FOUNDED
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NIUE                                            ?         ?               ?
NORTHERN MARIANA ISLANDS                        ?         ?               ?
 

OFC emblem and flags

The OFC used a white flag with the logo in the center.
Juan Manuel Gabino Villascán, March 6, 2003.


Current OFC emblem

The present emblem consists on circular field bearing of the upper half a green palm-tree over a rising-sun bellow a constelation of 10 (ten) white five-pointed stars. The lower half bears the half of a fooball ball above the body's name in black capital letters.
Juan Manuel Gabino Villascán, March 6, 2003.


Old OFC emblem

[The flag of Oceania Football Confederation with the old emblem] 2:3
by Juan Manuel Gabino Villascán, March 6, 2003.
Emblem by Jaroslav Rapcan, from High Quality Football Logos.

The oldest OFC emblem was a circular depiction on blue of a sea-scape: palm-trees, sunset, sea and beach. With the text OCEANIA in the upper semicircle and the body's abreviation (O.F.C.) on the lower one.
Juan Manuel Gabino Villascán, March 6, 2003.


OFC Nations Cup flag and emblem

[The flag of OFC Oceania Nations Cup] 2:3
by Juan Manuel Gabino Villascán, March 6, 2003.

Just like the other continental football confederations, the OFC organizes every two years an international competition named OFC Nations Cup on which took part the 11 (eleven) OFC members and New Caledonia.

There is a special flag for the tournament, consisting on the emblem on a green field.
The eblem is a depiction of a white-blue football ball with sun-glasses and smiling mouth, and the tournament's name on black.
Juan Manuel Gabino Villascán, March 6, 2003.


In the past preliminary competition qualifying for the final tournament held in Apia, Samoa, was seen a variant of the OFC Nations Cup's flag. In the case the ball of the emblem was not white but green.
Juan Manuel Gabino Villascán, March 6, 2003.

[The flag of OFC Nations Cup - variant] 2:3
by Juan Manuel Gabino Villascán, March 6, 2003.

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