The OFC Executive Committee has signed off on the OFC Football Development Strategy, a document which will underline all football development in the region through to 2026.
The development strategy is built on three pillars – Good Governance, Football Strategy and Capacity Building.
The pillars are the foundation of the strategic goals which are to leave a legacy, have competitive teams at FIFA competitions and also at OFC competitions, while the ultimate goal is to ensure OFC is well represented at the FIFA World Cup 2026 which translates to two teams qualifying for the global showpiece.
Overall there are 11 Football Development principles including competition, clubs and leagues development, education, player development, goalkeeping, women’s football, futsal, beach soccer, refereeing and medical.
With the finalising of the development strategy a strategic discussion on OFC Competitions was made possible given the role they will play in helping to achieve the strategy.
Among the discussions undertaken was the possibility of the Oceania region introducing a Nations League, a proposal which the secretariat has been tasked with doing further background on to confirm the financial and logistical feasibility.
The Executive Committee also covered a number of other matters including an update on the OFC finances, and FIFA Forward for 2018.
Finally, members of the Executive Committee voted unanimously to support the motion backing FIFA President Gianni Infantino in his bid for reelection at the upcoming election.