OFC Women’s Nations Cup 1983

The 1983 OFC Women’s Nations Cup was the first OFC women’s tournament and Oceania-wide women’s football event to be established. It consisted of four teams, including New Zealand, Australia, New Caledonia, and Fiji, and was held in Noumea, New Caledonia.

All four teams played each other in a round-robin format, before the top two played off for the title in the final. Hosts New Caledonia picked up a 2-0 victory over Fiji in the first ever OFC Women’s Nations Cup fixture, but neither were able to compete with Australia and New Zealand. The Trans-Tasman rivals played out a goalless draw in their round-robin clash, before recording big wins over both New Caledonia and Fiji in the remainder of their games to secure their places in the final. Both sides finished on seven points, but New Zealaned took top spot by virtue of a superior goal difference.

A five-goal thriller was played out in the final as New Zealand edged Australia 3-2 to claim the inaugural OFC Women’s Nations Cup title.