2012 OFC Nations Cup
|Host country||Solomon Islands|
|Dates||1–10 June 2012|
|Teams||8 (from 1 confederation)|
|Venue(s)||1 (in 1 host city)|
|Champions||Tahiti (1st title)|
|Third place||New Zealand|
|Fourth place||Solomon Islands|
|Goals scored||64 (4 per match)|
|Attendance||133,700 (8,356 per match)|
|Top scorer(s)|| Jacques Haeko|
|Best player(s)||Nicolas Vallar|
|Best goalkeeper||Rocky Nyikeine|
|Fair play award||Solomon Islands|
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.
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, but in March 2012 the hosting rights were stripped from Fiji as a result of an ongoing legal dispute involving OFC general secretary Tai Nicholas and Fijian authorities. The tournament was then awarded to the Solomon Islands.
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.
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. 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.
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.
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:
(As at 9 May 2012)
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)|
Nine referees and nine assistant referees were named for the tournament.
|Lawson Tama Stadium|
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|
† First round winner whose identity was not known at the time of the draw.
|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:
- Goal difference in all group matches
- Greater number of goals scored in all group matches
- Greater number of points obtained in matches between the tied teams
- Goal difference in matches between the tied teams
- Greater number of goals scored in matches between the tied teams
- 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.
|Malo 69'||||L. Tehau 8', 82', 84', 85'
J. Tehau 16', 78'
A. Tehau 18', 40'
T. Tehau 54'
Chong Hue 61'
|||Kaï 32', 58', 76'
R. Kayara 87'
B. Kaltack 45+1'
|A. Tehau 19'
Vallar 28' (pen.)
L. Tehau 34'
|R. Kayara 10'
Haeko 11', 45+1', 71', 89', 90+1'
Ixoée 25' (pen.)
|Vallar 14' (pen.)
J. Tehau 37'
A. Tehau 57'
T. Tehau 86'
|Papua New Guinea||3||0||1||2||2||4||−2||1||—||0–1||—||—|
|Solomon Islands||1–0||Papua New Guinea|
|Papua New Guinea||1–2||New Zealand|
|Hans 89' (pen.)||||Smeltz 2'
|Papua New Guinea||1–1||Fiji|
|Jack 85'||||Dunadamu 13'|
|New Zealand||1–1||Solomon Islands|
|Wood 13'||||Totori 56'|
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.
|J. Tehau 15'|||
|New Zealand||0–2||New Caledonia|
Third place match
|Solomon Islands||3–4||New Zealand|
Totori 54', 87'
|||Wood 10', 24', 29'
|Chong Hue 10'|||
|2012 OFC Nations Cup Winners|
- 6 goals
- 5 goals
- 4 goals
- 3 goals
- 2 goals
- 1 goal
The following awards were given:
- Golden Ball (best player): Nicolas Vallar
- Golden Boot (top scorer): Jacques Haeko
- Golden Glove (best goalkeeper): Rocky Nyikeine
- Fair Play Award: Solomon Islands
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