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Why did Australia move from the OFC to the AFC?
Why did Australia move from the Oceania Football Confederation to the Asian Football Confederation?
- unclesoxLv 61 decade agoFavorite Answer
To seek better/stronger competition.
Also it was probably to have a better opportunity at qualifying for the World Cup.
At the time they requested the move to AFC (2005) the Aussies had to qualify for the World Cup through a playoff against a team from another region. And they were continuously denied entry after losing those playoffs...
1985, lost playoff to Scotland 0-2, 0-0
1989 knocked out by Isreal who were at the time an OFC country (political reasons).
1993, lost playoff to Argentina 0-1, 1-1
1997, lost playoff to Iran 0-0, 2-2 (away goals)
2001, lost playoff to Uruguay 1-0, 0-3
Many suggested that Australia should abandon OFC and go to AFC where qualification for the World Cup would appear to be easier. The Australian FA had tried to join AFC in the past but were always refused. But in March 2005 FIFA apparently stepped in and helped arrange the Aussies into AFC.
Later that year Australia defeated Uruguay on penalties to secure a World Cup berth in Germany 2006. By the time the World Cup began Australia were officially members of AFC but during the tournament they were deemed to be representatives of OFC until their run in Germany was over.
- 7 years ago
Because it gave them a better chance to qualify for world cup. Previously, all it took was losing a couple of play off games to be eliminated from WC qualifications. And those playoffs were tough given they'd always be against a Central American, European, or South American team. Now they can play a series of games against Asian countries and secure a place with more ease.
- 5 years ago
Because Australia is part of Asia
- 5 years ago
because despicable white race likes to wear a yellow face whenever it gives them an undeserved advantage
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- Anonymous1 decade ago
because they think AFC is better tyhan OFC