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2021 in review – World Cup qualifiers locked in  

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As the year comes to an end the Oceania Football Confederation are counting down some of the best moments of 2021. 

The FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022™ OFC preliminary competition will be like no other. 

After numerous attempts to host the tournament were thwarted by the COVID-19 pandemic and the strict travel restrictions placed in Oceania, it became clear that it wouldn’t be possible to host the qualifiers locally, and Qatar was instead confirmed as the venue in November. 

The competition will run from March 14-30, with two groups of four nations playing a single round-robin, with three group matches each, before the two top teams advance to the semi-finals. 

The winner of the final will earn the right to represent Oceania in the intercontinental play-off against a nation from CONCACAF. 

As the two lowest-ranked sides, Tonga and the Cook Islands will play a qualifying match to see who joins the Solomon Islands, Tahiti and Vanuatu in Group A, while New Zealand, New Caledonia, Fiji and Papua New Guinea are in Group B.  

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