chapter  Chapter 40
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Oceania Football Confederation

WithGeoff Dickson, Sean Phelps

The Oceania Football Confederation (OFC) is one of the six continental confederations of the Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA). Historically, the OFC was dominated on and off the field by Football Federation of Australia (FFA). Their dominance ended on 1 January 2006, when the FFA disaffiliated from the Oceania Football Confederation (OFC) and subsequently affiliated with the Asian Football Confederation (AFC). This chapter provides a critical analysis of the OFC's role in the business and management of football. Key data for the analysis was sourced from OFC Financial Statements (2006–15), OFC Activity Reports (2007–16), and both newspaper and scholarly articles related to the OFC. In the first section, we place the OFC within its geographical context, and describe its membership and history. In the second section, we describe the quality of play, governance issues, the involvement of OFC stakeholders in FIFA-related corruption scandals, qualification standards for FIFA tournaments, and the performance of OFC teams at FIFA tournaments. In the third section, we review the OFC’s social responsibility initiatives, media and communications strategies, technical and development initiatives, competitions, and administrative structures. Finally, we conclude with an examination of the OFC’s future, including how the OFC might be reconfigured as part of a restructured network of continental confederations.