The OFC Executive Committee’s has several roles within the organisation. Firstly, it is responsible for implementing the OFC statutes and carrying out the decisions made by the OFC Congress.
It is also responsible for setting the agenda for the organisation and providing oversight of the General Secretariat as it carries out the committee’s mandate. The sporting decisions of this body are important for ensuring the wellbeing and continued development of football in Oceania.
The Executive Committee consists of a President, elected by the Congress in the year following a FIFA World Cup™, three Vice-Presidents and seven members, each of them the elected Presidents in their respective Member Associations.
Lambert Maltock (VAN)
Thierry Ariiotima (TAH)
President of the Tahiti Football Federation, Ariiotima has presided over the rise of beach soccer in the nation, from the successful hosting of the 2013 FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup to the rise of the national team to consecutive second-place finishes at the two most recent editions of the competition.
John Kapi Natto (PNG)
A vocal opponent of the previous Papua New Guinea Football Association, Kapi Natto was elected as president in 2018. His dedication to football development is well documented, his franchise Hekari United the first Pacific Islands club to win the OFC Champions League and is one of the few with an established development programme in place.
Lord Ve’ehala (TGA)
Lord Ve’ehala was re-elected President of the Tonga Football Association in May 2019, an appointment which made him the longest serving president in TFA history. Ve’ehala first became involved in football development in 1995 and has worked relentlessly to see funds invested well, and opportunities created for footballers across Tonga.
Gilles Tavergeux (NCL)
A retired policeman and former goalkeeper, Tavergeux was elected President of the Federation Caledonienne de Football in November 2020, receiving 11 of the 19 votes to win ahead of incumbent Steeve Laigle (eight votes). Tavergeux had a brief stint as the vice-president of the federation from 2007-2011 and now returns as the president of AS Mont-Dore.
William Lai (SOL)
President of the Solomon Islands Football Federation, Lai was the first president elected following period of administration for the governing body of Solomon Islands football. In 2018 Solomon Islands hosted its first full OFC tournament since the 2012 OFC Nations Cup, welcoming the OFC U-16 Championship which allowed the national squad to finish second on home soil and qualify for the FIFA U-17 World Cup 2019.
Sam Petaia (SAM)
Football Federation Samoa elected Petaia president in early 2019. While it is still early in his tenure, he and his staff played a key role in the success of the XVI Pacific Games held in June 2019.
Johanna Wood (NZL)
The newest member of the OFC Executive Committee, Johanna Wood is also the only woman on the committee. Following her appointment as OFC’s female representative on the FIFA Council, Wood was then elected President of New Zealand Football. Wood is one of the leading voices in New Zealand’s bid to host the 2023 FIFA Women’s World Cup™.
Rajesh Patel (FIJ)
Former senior vice-president of the OFC Executive Committee, Fiji Football Association President Rajesh Patel was elected to the FIFA Council for the term from 2019-2023. Under his leadership Fiji has qualified for both its first FIFA tournament and first Olympic Games and women’s football has risen sharply up the regional ranks. In 2015 Patel was elected for a second term as Fiji FA President.
Alex Godinet (ASA)
Football Federation American Samoa President Godinet is one of the longest serving members of the OFC Executive Committee and briefly held a position as vice-president prior to Maltock’s appointment. He has overseen a great number of milestones while heading up the American Territory’s football federation including a first win for the nation during FIFA World Cup™ Qualifying.