OFC U-17 Championship 1983

The 1983 OFC U-17 Championship was the first U-17 age group event established by OFC, and also doubled as qualifying for the inaugural edition of the 1985 FIFA U-16 World Championship™ in China. The tournament was held in Auckland, New Zealand, and was contested between six nations in a round-robin format.

Australia won all five of their matches against Tahiti, New Zealand, Fiji, Chinese Taipei and New Caledonia, to claim the inaugural OFC U-17 Championship title. The win saw them became the first nation to represent OFC at the FIFA U-16 World Championship™, now known as the U-17 World Cup.

At the 1985 FIFA U-16 World Championship, Australia topped their group with famous victories against Argentina and Germany. In the quarterfinals, the match went to penalties with Guinea winning 4-2, cutting Australia’s impressive run short at the inaugural U-16 World Championships.