2012 OFC Nations Cup

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2012 OFC Nations Cup
Tournament details
Host countrySolomon Islands
CityHoniara
Dates1–10 June 2012
Teams8 (from 1 confederation)
Venue(s)1 (in 1 host city)
Final positions
Champions Tahiti (1st title)
Runners-up New Caledonia
Third place New Zealand
Fourth place Solomon Islands
Tournament statistics
Matches played16
Goals scored64 (4 per match)
Attendance133,700 (8,356 per match)
Top scorer(s)New Caledonia Jacques Haeko
(6 goals)
Best player(s)French Polynesia Nicolas Vallar
Best goalkeeperNew Caledonia Rocky Nyikeine
Fair play award Solomon Islands
2008
2016

The 2012 OFC Nations Cup was the ninth edition of the OFC Nations Cup organised by the Oceania Football Confederation (OFC).

The group stage of the tournament also doubled as the Second Round of the OFC qualification tournament for the 2014 FIFA World Cup. The four semi-finalists advanced to the final round of OFC qualifying, where they would compete for the OFC spot in the inter-confederation play-offs.[1]

The qualifying tournament was to be the football competition at the 2011 Pacific Games in Nouméa, New Caledonia. However, in June 2011 the format was amended, and the Pacific Games were no longer part of the qualification process. The new structure saw four of the lowest ranked entrants play a single round-robin tournament from 22–26 November 2011 in Samoa. The winner of this qualifying stage joined the other seven teams that received a bye to the Nations Cup proper.

The main tournament was originally scheduled for Fiji from 3–12 June 2012,[2] but in March 2012 the hosting rights were stripped from Fiji[3] as a result of an ongoing legal dispute involving OFC general secretary Tai Nicholas and Fijian authorities.[4] The tournament was then awarded to the Solomon Islands.[5]

The winner of the 2012 OFC Nations Cup, Tahiti represented the OFC in the 2013 FIFA Confederations Cup. Note that – unlike the previously announced format – this means the team that advances to the inter-confederation play-off may be different from the team that wins the OFC Nations Cup, and represents the OFC at the 2013 Confederations Cup.

Tahiti defeated New Caledonia in the final 1–0, winning their first title, and also became the first team other than Australia (no longer part of OFC) and New Zealand to be crowned Oceania champions.[6]

Trophies for OFC tournaments, made by London-based silversmiths Thomas Lyte, are awarded to winners.[7]

Host selection[edit]

On 30 July 2011 at the World Cup Preliminary Draw at Marina da Glória in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Fiji was confirmed as host of the 2012 OFC Nations Cup. However, a legal dispute between OFC General Secretary Tai Nicholas and Fijian authorities saw the tournament hosting rights revoked on 14 March 2012. This followed the stripping of both the men's and women's Olympic qualification tournaments from Fiji in January 2012.[8] On 28 March 2012 it was confirmed that the OFC Nations Cup 2012 would take place in Solomon Islands with the venue of Lawson Tama Stadium in Honiara.[5]

Format[edit]

The eight second round teams competed in two round-robin groups of four. The eight teams were allocated to two pots of four teams based on the FIFA World Rankings of 27 July 2011, with the winner from Round One ranked 8th for this round. Teams ranked 1st – 4th were placed in Pot 1 with the remaining teams in Pot 2. Each group contained two teams from each of Pot 1 and Pot 2. Both group winners and runners-up advanced to the knockout stage and, separately, the third round of qualifying for the 2014 FIFA World Cup.

Qualification[edit]

For this edition of the OFC Nations Cup, there was a qualification tournament for the four lowest ranked teams according to the July 2011 FIFA World Rankings. The qualification contained the following teams:

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
 Samoa 3 2 1 0 5 3 +2 7 1–1
 Tonga 3 1 1 1 4 4 0 4
 American Samoa 3 1 1 1 3 3 0 4 0–1 2–1 1–1
 Cook Islands 3 0 1 2 4 6 −2 1 2–3 1–2

The qualification tournament was played from 22–26 November 2011 in Samoa. The winner, Samoa qualified for the 2012 OFC Nations Cup.

Participating nations[edit]

Team FIFA Ranking
(As at 9 May 2012)
Qualification Appearance
in the OFC Nations Cup
Previous best performance
 Solomon Islands 183 Hosts 6th Runner-up (2004)
 New Zealand (TH) 130 Automatic 9th Winner (1973, 1998, 2002 & 2008)
 New Caledonia 155 Automatic 5th Runner-up (2008)
 Fiji 160 Automatic 7th Third Place (1998 & 2008)
 Vanuatu 172 Automatic 8th Fourth Place (1973, 2000, 2002 & 2008)
 Tahiti 179 Automatic 8th Runner-up (1973, 1980 & 1996)
 Papua New Guinea 193 Automatic 3rd Group Stage (1980 & 2002)
 Samoa 156 First Round Winner 1st None (debut)

Squads[edit]

Officials[edit]

Nine referees and nine assistant referees were named for the tournament.[9]

Venues[edit]

All matches were held at the Lawson Tama Stadium in Honiara.[5]

 Solomon Islands
Honiara
Lawson Tama Stadium
Lawson Tama Stadium.jpg
9°26′S 159°58′E / 9.433°S 159.967°E / -9.433; 159.967 (Lawson Tama Stadium)
Capacity: 20,000

Draw[edit]

The draw for the groups was held at the World Cup Preliminary Draw at the Marina da Glória in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil on 30 July 2011.

Seeding[edit]

Teams were seeded in two pots according to the July 2011 FIFA World Rankings, with Pot 1 containing the teams ranked 1–4 and Pot 2 the remaining automatic qualifiers as well as the eventual first round winner. Each group contains two teams from Pot 1 and two teams from Pot 2.

Pot 1 Pot 2

 New Zealand
 Fiji
 New Caledonia
 Vanuatu

 Solomon Islands
 Tahiti
 Papua New Guinea
 Samoa

First round winner whose identity was not known at the time of the draw.

Group stage[edit]

Key to colours in group tables
Winners and runners-up of each group advanced to:

If teams are even on points at the end of group play, the tied teams would be ranked by:[10]

  1. Goal difference in all group matches
  2. Greater number of goals scored in all group matches
  3. Greater number of points obtained in matches between the tied teams
  4. Goal difference in matches between the tied teams
  5. Greater number of goals scored in matches between the tied teams
  6. Coin toss or drawing of lots

This was the same as the tiebreakers for 2014 FIFA World Cup qualification, except that drawing of lots was used instead of play-off match as the final tiebreaker.

Group A[edit]

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
 Tahiti 3 3 0 0 18 5 +13 9 4–1
 New Caledonia 3 2 0 1 17 6 +11 6 3–4 5–2 9–0
 Vanuatu 3 1 0 2 8 9 −1 3
 Samoa 3 0 0 3 1 24 −23 0 1–10 0–5
Samoa 1–10 Tahiti
Malo Goal 69' [1] L. Tehau Goal 8'82'84'85'
J. Tehau Goal 16'78'
A. Tehau Goal 18'40'
T. Tehau Goal 54'
Chong Hue Goal 61'
Vanuatu 2–5 New Caledonia
Tasso Goal 52'
Naprapol Goal 61'
[2] Kaï Goal 32'58'76'
Gope-Fenepej Goal 66'
R. Kayara Goal 87'

Vanuatu 5–0 Samoa
Naprapol Goal 29'
B. Kaltack Goal 45+1'
Malas Goal 47'
Tasso Goal 74'
Vava Goal 90+3'
[3]
Tahiti 4–3 New Caledonia
A. Tehau Goal 19'
Vallar Goal 28' (pen.)
L. Tehau Goal 34'
Degage Goal 86'
[4] Bako Goal 76'
Haeko Goal 83'
Kauma Goal 89'

New Caledonia 9–0 Samoa
R. Kayara Goal 10'
Haeko Goal 11'45+1'71'89'90+1'
Kabeu Goal 22'
Ixoée Goal 25' (pen.)
Gnipate Goal 44'
[5]
Tahiti 4–1 Vanuatu
Vallar Goal 14' (pen.)
J. Tehau Goal 37'
A. Tehau Goal 57'
T. Tehau Goal 86'
[6] Tasso Goal 90+5'

Group B[edit]

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
 New Zealand 3 2 1 0 4 2 +2 7 1–1 2–1
 Solomon Islands 3 1 2 0 2 1 +1 5
 Fiji 3 0 2 1 1 2 −1 2 0–1 0–0 1–1
 Papua New Guinea 3 0 1 2 2 4 −2 1 0–1
Fiji 0–1 New Zealand
[7] Smith Goal 11'
Solomon Islands 1–0 Papua New Guinea
Totori Goal 5' [8]
Attendance: 15,000

Papua New Guinea 1–2 New Zealand
Hans Goal 89' (pen.) [9] Smeltz Goal 2'
Wood Goal 52'
Attendance: 3,000
Fiji 0–0 Solomon Islands
[10]
Attendance: 12,000

Papua New Guinea 1–1 Fiji
Jack Goal 85' [11] Dunadamu Goal 13'
Attendance: 3,000
New Zealand 1–1 Solomon Islands
Wood Goal 13' [12] Totori Goal 56'
Attendance: 18,000

Knockout stage[edit]

The group winners and runners-up competed in a single elimination knockout stage to determine the Oceania Nations Cup champion. These matches had no impact on World Cup qualifying, although the winner of this knockout stage earned a place in the 2013 FIFA Confederations Cup. These four teams all competed in the third round of Oceania World Cup qualification to determine who moved on to the inter-confederation play-offs and a chance to qualify for the World Cup finals tournament in Brazil. Unlike 2010 qualifying, the team that qualified for those playoffs can be different from the one that plays in the 2013 FIFA Confederations Cup.

 
Semi-finalsFinal
 
      
 
Honiara
 
 
 Tahiti 1
 
Honiara
 
 Solomon Islands 0
 
 Tahiti 1
 
Honiara
 
 New Caledonia 0
 
 New Zealand 0
 
 
 New Caledonia 2
 
Third place
 
 
Honiara
 
 
 Solomon Islands 3
 
 
 New Zealand 4

Semifinals[edit]

Tahiti 1–0 Solomon Islands
J. Tehau Goal 15' [13]

New Zealand 0–2 New Caledonia
[14] Kaï Goal 60'
Gope-Fenepej Goal 90+3'
Attendance: 10,000

Third place match[edit]

Solomon Islands 3–4 New Zealand
Teleda Goal 48'
Totori Goal 54'87'
[15] Wood Goal 10'24'29'
Smeltz Goal 90'
Attendance: 15,000

Final[edit]

Tahiti 1–0 New Caledonia
Chong Hue Goal 10' [16]


 2012 OFC Nations Cup Winners 

Tahiti
First title

Goalscorers[edit]

6 goals
5 goals
4 goals
3 goals
2 goals
1 goal

Awards[edit]

The following awards were given:[11]

Notes[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil – Preliminary Competition Format and Draw Procedures – Oceanian Zone" (PDF). FIFA.com.
  2. ^ "Pacific Games no longer part of qualification". oceaniafootball.com. 29 July 2011. Archived from the original on 3 January 2012. Retrieved 24 December 2011.
  3. ^ "OFC strip Fiji of Nation Cup hosting rights". FijiLive.com. 14 March 2012. Retrieved 14 March 2012.
  4. ^ "OFC takes tournaments away from Fiji". FijiLive.com. 17 January 2012. Archived from the original on 20 January 2012. Retrieved 14 March 2012.
  5. ^ a b c "Honiara to host OFC Nations Cup". Oceania Football Confederation. 28 March 2012. Archived from the original on 11 September 2012. Retrieved 28 March 2012.
  6. ^ "Glorious Tahiti claim maiden Oceania crown". FIFA.com. 10 June 2012. Retrieved 12 June 2012.
  7. ^ "New silverware awarded for victors". Archived from the original on 8 December 2015. Retrieved 4 December 2015.
  8. ^ "Presidents Corner - Fiji Football Association President - Rajesh Patel". Fiji Football Association. 16 March 2012. Archived from the original on 14 July 2014. Retrieved 16 March 2012.
  9. ^ "Officials confirmed for OFC Nations Cup". Oceania Football Confederation. 14 May 2012. Archived from the original on 17 May 2012.
  10. ^ "Regulations OFC Nations Cup 2012" (PDF). Oceania Football Confederation. Archived from the original (PDF) on 10 February 2013. Retrieved 3 June 2012.
  11. ^ "Tahiti crowned kings of Oceania". oceaniafootball.com. 10 June 2012. Archived from the original on 4 June 2016.

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