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World Cup Football Qualifiers Oceania
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In FIFA Zone OFC, the qualification for the FIFA World Cup is scheduled from September, 2024 to March, 2025. In Oceania, the 2026 World Cup qualifiers consist of three rounds. This is followed by the FIFA intercontinental play-offs. A total of eleven FIFA / OFC countries will participate in the Oceanic World Cup football qualifiers. One to two of these Oceanic countries qualify for the final round. They will be among a record 48 teams taking part in the finals of the 2026 World Cup football in North America. The schedule and the groups of the qualification of the OFC countries for the FIFA World Cup soccer, with all matches, dates, times, and locations, are listed here.

  • 11 countries participate in the Oceanic qualifiers;
  • Round 1 | September, 2024
    Four participants; each plays against one of the other countries. The two winners play against each other. The overall winner will advance;
  • Round 2 | October, November, 2024
    Eight participants, of which seven incoming countries, play in two groups of four. Both top two countries will advance;
  • Round 3, OFC play-offs | March, 2025
    Four remaining participants. Each plays against one of the other countries. The two winners play against each other. The overall winner has qualified. The other finalist joins the intercontinental play-offs;
  • Intercontinental play-offs | November, 2025
    One more OFC country may qualify;
  • One to two OFC countries will be part of the 2026 World Cup schedule.

The exact dates of the qualification for the FIFA World Cup in this FIFA Zone are to be confirmed.

Round 1 | World Cup football qualifiers Oceania

September, 2024

Fixtures & results

OFC ROUND 1 Semi-finalsTIMEMATCHRESULT
09, 202400:00OFC No. 8/9/10/11 – 11/10/9/8
09, 202400:00OFC No. 8/9/10/11 – 11/10/9/8
OFC ROUND 1 FinalTIMEMATCHRESULT
09, 202400:00Winner SF1 – Winner SF2

Format OFC qualifiers Round 1

In the first round of the Oceania FIFA World Cup football qualifiers, only the four OFC countries that are lowest in the FIFA Ranking participate. They play in two semi-finals, each consisting of a single match. The two winners of these first two knockouts will advance to the final of Round 1. The winner advances to Oceania World Cup qualification Round 2, the other three lowest ranked OFC teams are eliminated.


Round 2 | World Cup football qualifiers Oceania

October, November, 2024

Standings

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Fixtures

Matchday 1TIMEMATCHGROUPRESULT
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10 / 11 202400:00After drawA
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Matchday 5TIMEMATCHGROUPRESULT
10 / 11 202400:00After drawA
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Matchday 6TIMEMATCHGROUPRESULT
10 / 11 202400:00After drawA
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Results

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Format OFC qualifiers Round 2

In the second round of the Oceania FIFA World Cup football qualifiers, the seven OFC countries that are highest in the FIFA Ranking will start their World Cup football campaign. Together with the winner of Round 1, these eight nations from Oceania form two groups of four teams. They play in their group against each of their three opponents, both home and away, format ’round-robin’. The top two countries in the final standings of both groups advance to Round 3.


Round 3 | World Cup football qualifiers Oceania

March, 2025

Fixtures & results

OFC ROUND 3 Play-offsTIMEMATCHRESULT
03, 202500:00Winner Group A – Runner-up Group B
03, 202500:00Winner Group B – Runner-up Group A
OFC ROUND 3 Play-offs finalTIMEMATCHRESULT
03, 202500:00Winner PO1 – Winner PO2

Format OFC qualifiers Round 3 Play-offs

The third round of the Oceania FIFA World Cup football qualifiers will consist of the four countries that successfully passed Round 2. Just like in Round 1, Round 3 consists of two semi-finals, played over a single match. Both winners of these knockouts will advance to the final. The OFC play-off winner will qualify for the 2026 FIFA World Cup. The loser will get one last chance: as a contender in the intercontinental FIFA World Cup football qualification play-offs.


FIFA Intercontinental play-offs with 1 Oceanic nation

November, 2025

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Note: Australia has been part of FIFA Zone AFC (instead of OFC) since 2006

One country from the FIFA Zone OFC, after the regular qualification phase, will have a second chance in the intercontinental World Cup 2026 qualification play-offs. Six countries are participating in that mini-tournament. They come from five of the six FIFA confederations: AFC (Asia), CAF (Africa), OFC (Oceania), CONMEBOL (South America) and CONCACAF (North America, Central America, and the Caribbean). The European confederation, UEFA, will have no representative at these intercontinental 2026 World Cup play-offs, while CONCACAF will be allowed to field two countries as the upcoming World Cup host. The six countries compete for the last two (of 48) tickets that entitle them to participate in the World Cup in the three North American countries USA, Canada and Mexico. Including these cross-continental play-offs, the total number of World Cup participants from the FIFA Zone OFC could reach two.

Format cross-intercontinental playoffs
The format of the six-nation inter-confederation play-offs is as follows. The four (of the six) qualified countries that are, at that moment, lowest in the FIFA Ranking are linked by a draw. The two winners then play against the two countries that (of those six) are highest in the FIFA Ranking. The two winners of those last two games will eventually get the last 2026 World Cup football tickets.


World Cup football qualification in Oceania: overview

The qualifying series in the FIFA zone OFC for the World Cup football runs from September, 2024 to March, 2025. Apart from the intercontinental FIFA World Cup 2026 play-offs in November 2025. In the qualifying zone of the Oceania Football Confederation, 11 countries compete for one to two tickets for the World Cup in North America. From the regular qualifying rounds, one country directly qualifies for the 2026 FIFA World Cup. In addition, one country has a resit in the cross-continental play-offs.

Round 1

The four OFC countries that are lowest in their FIFA zone in the World football rankings participate in OFC World Cup qualification Round 1. They play in two semi-finals – these will be single matches. Both winners play the Round 1 final, and only the winner advances to the Oceania qualification Round 1.

Round 2

In Round 2 of the World Cup football qualification in Oceania, the winner of Round 1 will be joined by seven incoming countries. These are the OFC nations that, looking at their FIFA continent, are highest in the FIFA Ranking. These eight nations are drawn into two groups. In each group, the four teams play home and away against each of their (three) group opponents. Both group winners as well as both runners-up progress to Round 3.

Note: unlike the qualifying series for previous World Cups, the FIFA Zone OFC (Oceania) is guaranteed to have at least one delegate at the 2026 World Cup in North America.

Round 3 / play-offs

The Oceania play-offs are formed by the four remaining countries after Round 1 and Round 2. In this final OFC qualifying stage, these nations are drawn in two mutual semi-finals. Both winners will play the OFC play-offs final, with the only guaranteed OFC World Cup football ticket at stake. However, also the losing finalist still has the chance to be part of the 2026 World Cup schedule. That nation will represent Oceania in the cross-continental FIFA World Cup qualifying play-offs.

OFC countries qualifying for the World Cup football

From the FIFA OFC Zone, at least one, at most two countries qualify for the World Cup. The total number of countries during the final round in 2026 is 48. This number is made up as follows.

AFCQUALIFY FOR WORLD CUP FOOTBALL 2026 | AVAILABLE SLOTS FIFA CONTINENTS
AFCMinimum 8, maximum 9 countries (possible +1 via intercontinental play-offs)
CONCACAFMinimum 6, maximum 8 countries (possible +2 via intercontinental play-offs)
Host countries USA, Canada and Mexico are already automatically qualified
CONMEBOLMinimum 6, maximum 7 countries (possible +1 via intercontinental play-offs)
OFCMinimum 1, maximum 2 countries (possible +1 via intercontinental play-offs)
CAFMinimum 9, maximum 10 countries (possible +1 via intercontinental play-offs)
UEFA16 countries

11 OFC nations in the 2026 World Cup football qualifiers

The following countries are from the FIFA Zone of The Oceania Football Confederation. No country from the South Pacific region managed to qualify for the last football world championship, in 2022 in Qatar.

  • American Samoa
  • Cook Island
  • Fiji
  • New Caledonia
  • New Zealand
  • Papua New Guinea
  • Samoa
  • Solomon Islands
  • Tahiti
  • Tonga
  • Vanuatu

See also: the positions of the OFC teams in the FIFA Ranking.

Draw qualification World Cup football in the OFC zone

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Which countries will play against each other in the World Cup qualification on the football continent of Oceania? The exact classification also depends on their position in the FIFA Ranking. For example, the lowest ranked countries will first have to play an extra qualifying round. Furthermore, a draw determines the division of the OFC groups and thus who will play against whom. For the dates of the draws of the Preliminaries in the OFC Zone, see Preliminary Draw World Cup Football.

World Cup football draw

FIFA and the Oceania Football Confederation determine the final program with the dates and matches of each round in the OFC qualifiers. Each schedule will be published at this OFC World Cup qualification page. The Oceanic nations that qualify for the finals, will be part of the 2026 World Cup football draw. Click for more info.

The information on this page is based on the official information from the Oceania Football Confederation (OFC), current and subject to possible changes.

Read back: earlier updates World Cup qualifiers Oceania

Update january, 2022: The qualifying series in the FIFA zone OFC for the 2026 FIFA World Cup will start in September 2024, and end in March 2025. The World Football Association and the Oceania Football Confederation are still deciding on the exact dates and schedule. In the qualifying zone of Oceania, eleven countries compete for one to two tickets for the World Cup in North America. From the OFC qualifying rounds, one country is guaranteed to qualify directly for the 2026 World Cup. For one other country from this FIFA Zone, the intercontinental play-offs are scheduled after the qualification phase in the South Pacific.

The format of the World Cup qualifying series in Zone OFC is as follows. There will be a First round, a Second round and a Third round.

Definitely one, perhaps two OFC World Cup football teams in 2026
It is certain that one country from this football continent earns a direct World Cup ticket through several qualifying matches. That guarantee is now available for the first time, in the run-up to the 2026 World Cup. Previously, the winner of the OFC qualifying phase ‘only’ received a ticket for the cross-continental World Cup play-offs.

It is also certain that another country that is a member of the Oceania Football Confederation will continue to have a chance at World Cup qualification. That country qualifies for the aforementioned intercontinental play-offs, via the OFC qualifiers. See additional information on the format of those FIFA playoffs on this page. If the respective delegate from Oceania is successful in this, the total number of countries from OFC that qualify for the 2026 Football World Cup can reach two.

The previous OFC qualification – for the 2022 World Cup
Plagued by postponements and cancellations, mostly due to Covid-19, OFC qualification for the previous World Cup, in 2022 in Qatar, was chaotic and different than before. In the end, eight of the eleven OFC countries took part in two qualifying groups on neutral ground (Qatar), following withdrawals from American Samoa, Samoa and Tonga. This left these eight OFC FIFA countries: Cook Islands, Fiji, New Caledonia, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands, Vanuatu and Tahiti.

During that qualification tournament, Vanuatu also dropped out. In the previous World Cup qualifying series, the two teams that finished highest in their group proceeded to the semi-finals. In there, the Solomon Islands beat Papua New Guinea and New Zealand beat Tahiti. Both winners played in the qualifying finals for a place in the FIFA inter-confederation play-off. New Zealand triumphed against the Solomon Islands (5-0) and was therefore allowed to participate in the intercontinental battle for the last World Cup tickets.

The representative from Oceania was drawn against Costa Rica, the representative from FIFA Zone CONCACAF. Costa Rica defeated New Zealand (1-0). That meant that no country from FIFA Zone OFC was present at the World Cup final round in Qatar.


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