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1973 OFC Nations Cup

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Host country  New Zealand
Runners-up  Tahiti
Start date  1973
Goals scored  37
Venue(s)  1 (in 1 host city)
Fourth place  New Hebrides
Teams  5
Matches played  12
1973 OFC Nations Cup
Dates  17 February - 24 February
Champions  New Zealand (1st title)
Champion  New Zealand national football team
Third place  New Caledonia national football team
Similar  1999 FIFA Confederations Cup, 2001 FIFA Confederations Cup, 2003 FIFA Confederations Cup, 2006 FIFA World Cup qualification, 1966 FIFA World Cup

The 1973 OFC Nations Cup was the first Oceania-wide football tournament ever held. It took place in New Zealand from 17 February 1973–24 February 1973. All matches were held at Newmarket Park, in Auckland, and five teams participated: New Zealand, New Caledonia, Tahiti, New Hebrides (now known as Vanuatu) and Fiji.


At the time, the Oceania Football Confederation was not considered a full FIFA Confederation, and as such allowed national teams unaffiliated with FIFA to enter.

The teams played each other according to a round-robin format, and the top two teams (New Zealand and Tahiti) played off in a final to determine the winner. New Caledonia and New Hebrides also played each other, on the same day as the final, to determine third place.

New Zealand won the tournament with a 2-0 victory in the final, while New Caledonia retained third place by defeating New Hebrides 2-1.

3 goals

  • Alan Marley
  • Segin Wayewol
  • 2 goals

  • Erroll Bennett
  • Malcolm Bland
  • Jean Hmae
  • David Taylor
  • Alan Vest
  • Jean Xowie
  • 1 goal

  • Geoff Brand
  • Claude Carrara
  • Gerald Delmas
  • Michael Dupuy
  • Harold Ng Fok
  • Charles Galinie
  • Brian Hardman
  • Josateki Kurivitu
  • Colin Latimour
  • Gilles Malinowski
  • Roger Mandin
  • Roland de Marigny
  • Alick Saurei
  • Alexis Tumahai
  • Brian Turner
  • Terio Vakatawa
  • Jacky Valette
  • Raymond Valette
  • Pierre Wacapo
  • Tournament team rankings

    As per statistical convention in football, matches decided in extra time are counted as wins and losses, while matches decided by penalty shoot-outs are counted as draws.


    1973 OFC Nations Cup Wikipedia

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