30 Jun 2011

Sport: Pacific Games no longer part of football qualification

10:19 am on 30 June 2011

The Pacific Games will no longer form part of the qualification process for the next football world cup and women's olympic football tournament.

The Oceania Football Confederation had originally planned to use the football tournaments in New Caledonia as part of the qualification process, as had been the case in Samoa four years earlier.

But uncertainty around the participation of Guam, which is a member of the Asian Confederation, has persuaded the OFC Executive Committee to scale back its involvement.

OFC General Secretary, Tai Nicholas, admits it is disappointing to not be able to use the Pacific Games as a qualifying stage but says OFC had no other choice as FIFA cannot approve a FIFA qualifying event where non-OFC members are participating.