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[The flag of Oceania Football Confederation]
image by Juan Manuel Gabino Villascán, 1 March 2011


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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

On Wednesday January 19, 2011, the OFC, the umbrella football body for the South Pacific and a FIFA member confederation adopted a new logo.
http://www.oceaniafootball.com/ofc/News/ViewArticle/tabid/125/Article/88503eb4-c76e-4e9e-96a4-60daf8ade5ae/language/en-US/Default.aspx
The flags was first hoist in the U-17 Championships in New Zealands, just to  be flown again in Tahiti during the continental Beach tournament in which Tahiti earned a place in the World Cup, the second world appearance for the archipelago after the U-20 World Cup in Egypt in 2009.
The logo is taken from: http://210.48.80.94/OFC/Portals/0/Images/Articles/OFC%20BRAND.pdf
Juan Manuel Gabino Villascán, 1 March 2011

The 61st FIFA congress was held at Hellenstadion in Zurich, Switzerland on 31 May - 01 June 2011 (www.fifa.com). Flags of the 208 member associations plus those of FIFA six continental confederations, International Olympic Committee, United Nations and FIFA itself were hoisted on the ceiling of Hellenstadion convention center.
Out of the photo gallery published by FIFA in its official website, I share the following notes:
- Chinese Taipei flag was a blue one with old association's emblem: plum blosoom with sun, ying-yang and footballs.
- The Curazao flag (blue with yellow stripe and white stars) is already hoisted, there is no flag for the defunc Netherlands Antilles.
- The Somalia flag was hoisted upside-down, e.g. downwar five-pointed star.
- The OFC flag is white withe the new emblem and abbreviation.
- The AFC flag is white.
- The UEFA flag is blue with the confederation's emblem
- The CONCACAF is white.
- The CAF flag bears the new logo on white background.
Juan Manuel Gabino Villascán, 04 June 2011


Previous Flag and OFC emblem

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

The previous emblem consists on circular field bearing of the upper half a green palm-tree over a rising-sun bellow a constellation of 10 (ten) white five-pointed stars. The lower half bears the half of a football 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
image 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 seascape: palm-trees, sunset, sea and beach. With the text OCEANIA in the upper semicircle and the body's abbreviation (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
image 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 emblem 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 image by Juan Manuel Gabino Villascán, March 6, 2003.