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AFC clarifies position on Australia’s entry

AFC - Over the past two days, there has been much discussion in the media concerning the alleged fact that the Football Federation of Australia will be joining the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) as a new member.



Certain reports, published in the Australian and global media, have claimed that a decision has been reached and that the Football Federation of Australia has joined, or will be joining the AFC.



The President of AFC, Mohamed Bin Hammam, wishes to point out that, whilst talks with Australian football’s governing body have taken place, no final decision has been taken at any level of AFC.

It is therefore premature to state that Australia has left the Oceania Football Confederation (OFC) to join AFC.



While the AFC Presidency, OFC and the Australian football administration’s top management believe that such a move could be mutually beneficial to all parties, any such decision concerning membership to AFC must be in agreement with the world’s football governing body, FIFA.



This issue will be tabled at the AFC Executive Committee meeting on 23rd March 2005 in Kuala Lumpur for further discussions.


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if Austuralia join the AFC
its will be easy to Qualify to the World Cup
see 4.5 Teams from Asia will Qualify to the World cup
But in Oceanian its too hard becuse 0.5 have a chance to Qualify
 

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how can Australia join the AFC, i mean its not even an asian country
 

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Kiyan said:
Just the way Israel has joined UEFA.
that's because no one in the middle east wants to play with them :dielaugh:
 

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Australia decision yet to be made: AFC


The Asian Federation Confederation (AFC) have refuted reports that the Football Federation of Australia (FFA) have already been accepted as a new member although discussions on the matter have taken place between the two side.

Reports on Friday indicated that Australia were quitting the Oceania Football Confederation (OFC) in order to join the AFC, but a statement released by the AFC indicated that a decision had yet to be made.

“The President of AFC, Mohamed Bin Hammam, wishes to point out that, whilst talks with Australian football’s governing body have taken place, no final decision has been taken at any level of AFC,” the statement read.

“It is therefore premature to state that Australia has left the Oceania Football Confederation (OFC) to join AFC.

“While the AFC Presidency, OFC and the Australian football administration’s top management believe that such a move could be mutually beneficial to all parties, any such decision concerning membership to AFC must be in agreement with the world’s football governing body, FIFA.”

The matter is to be further discussed during the AFC Executive Committee meeting on March 23 in Kuala Lumpur.

The OFC have declined to comment on the matter until their next executive committee meeting in Noumea on April 16.

“There is a consultative and logistical process to go through involving OFC, AFC and FIFA. Until such time as this process is completed we cannot announce any decision relating to the proposal by the FFA,” said OFC General Secretary Tai Nicholas in a statement.

“It is important the OFC examine the merits of such a proposal and decide what it is in the best interests of the OFC and at the same time balance this against the request by the FFA. Until the members of OFC have been consulted and expressed their views on such a proposal OFC is not a position to make any further comment.”
 

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Oceania must be merged to AFC as well if Australia joins AFC, because Australia is what Oceania all about. They're the only major force in the region and without them the football development in this region would more suffers and eventually dying.

If that so, that means AFC + OFC should get 5 full seats for World Cup.
 

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Oceania must be merged to AFC as well if Australia joins AFC, because Australia is what Oceania all about. They're the only major force in the region and without them the football development in this region would more suffers and eventually dying.

If that so, that means AFC + OFC should get 5 full seats for World Cup.
Merging the OFC with the AFC, would mean Asian countries wasting a lot of time beating hapless island nations in Oceania to qualify for the World Cup.

And i don't think it's worth doing that just for the sake of bringing Australia into the fold.
 

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thats exactly what australia does nero and frankly were bored of it, because its a total waste of time for us and the rest of oceania...

contrary to what most think, australia leaving oceania would enhance the region and even help the islander nations improve, well some of them anyhow.. How you ask? Its quite logical really, Australia monopolised qualification for all major tournaments: under 17, under 20, olympics. With australia gone, it gives abt 4 nations NZ, Fiji, Vanuatu and solomon Islands a realistic chance of direct qualification to the afore mentioned tournaments. Exposure at these tournaments would give these nations a much needed shot in the arm and motivate them to further improve because quite simply there is now an achievable reward waiting at the end of the tunnel.
 

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Merging the OFC with the AFC, would mean Asian countries wasting a lot of time beating hapless island nations in Oceania to qualify for the World Cup.

And i don't think it's worth doing that just for the sake of bringing Australia into the fold.

I agree with you. It's obvious that huge problem is inevitable if both confederations are merged. However, not to include OFC to AFC means this region would be a complete loser of all confederations and the the winner of 1/2 spot of World Cup they have (without Australia in their side and giving this 'toothless' region a full spot is ridiculous) would be a 'punching-bag' to any team from other regions that drawn against them, because I can't even see New Zealand can win against Indonesia or Thailand, no offense. This is why I have been against the entry of Australia to our region at the first place while I suggested that we should include them into our 2nd Group Stage WC Qualifiers.

Oh well, welcome to Australia, the new part of Asian football. ;)
 

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New Zealand can't even beat the Soloman Islands let alone anyone from Asia. They are a lot worse than they used to be, and aren't even top two in Oceania anymore. They'd be, at best, equal to Vanuatu and Fiji nowadays.
 
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