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1973 OFC Nations Cup
Tournament details
Host country  New Zealand
Dates 17 February - 24 February
Teams (from 1 confederation)
Venue(s) (in 1 host city)
Final positions
Champions  New Zealand (1st title)
Runner-up  Tahiti
Third place  New Caledonia
Fourth place  New Hebrides
Tournament statistics
Matches played 12
Goals scored 37 (3.08 per match)
Top scorer(s) French Polynesia Erroll Bennett (3)
New Zealand Alan Marley (3)
New Caledonia Segin Wayewol (3)

The Oceania Cup 1973 was the first Oceania-wide tournament ever held. It took place in New Zealand from 17 February 1973–24 February 1973. All matches were held at Newmarket Park, in Auckland, and five teams participated: New Zealand, New Caledonia, Tahiti, New Hebrides (now known as Vanuatu) and Fiji.

At the time, the Oceania Football Confederation was not considered a full FIFA Confederation, and as such allowed national teams unaffiliated with FIFA to enter.

The teams played each other according to a round-robin format, and the top two teams (New Zealand and Tahiti) played off in a final to determine the winner. New Caledonia and New Hebrides also played each other, on the same day as the final, to determine third place.

New Zealand won the tournament with a 2-0 victory in the final, while New Caledonia retained third place by defeating New Hebrides 2-1.


Group table

Team P W D L GF GA Pts
1  New Zealand 4 3 1 0 11 4 7
2  Tahiti 4 2 2 0 7 2 6
3  New Caledonia 4 2 0 2 8 5 4
4 France New Hebrides 4 1 1 2 4 8 3
5  Fiji 4 0 0 4 2 13 0

Match results

Date Home Score Away Goalscorers
Round robin
17 February
New Caledonia
Erroll Bennett (Tahiti), Alexis Tumahai (Tahiti), Roger Mandin (New Caledonia)
February 17
New Zealand
Brian Alfred Turner (New Zealand), David Taylor (New Zealand), Geoff C. Brand (New Zealand), Malcolm Bland (New Zealand), Alan Vest (New Zealand), Terio Vakatawa (Fiji)
February 18
New Caledonia
4-1 France
New Hebrides
Michael Dupuy (New Hebrides), Jean Hmae (New Caledonia, 2 goals), Segin Wayewol (New Caledonia), Pierre Wacapo (New Caledonia)
February 18
New Zealand
Erroll Bennett (Tahiti), Alan Vest (New Zealand)
February 20
New Caledonia
Segin Wayewol (New Caledonia, 2 goals)
February 20
0-0 France
New Hebrides
February 21 France
New Hebrides
Alick Saurei (New Hebrides), Jacky Valette (New Hebrides), Josateki Kurivitu (Fiji)
February 21
New Zealand
New Caledonia
Alan Marley (New Zealand), Colin W. Latimour (New Zealand), Jean Xowie (New Caledonia)
February 23
Claude Carrara (Tahiti), Harold Ng Fok (Tahiti), Gilles Malinowski (Tahiti), Roland de Marigny (Tahiti)
February 23
New Zealand
3-1 France
New Hebrides
Malcolm Bland (New Zealand), Brian Hardman (New Zealand), Alan Marley (New Zealand), Raymond Valette (New Hebrides)

Third Place Playoff

February 24, 1973

New Caledonia
New Hebrides
Newmarket Park, Auckland, New Zealand
Attendance: ?
Referee: P. Tahuaitu (Tahiti)
Gerald Delmas
Jean Xowie
(Report) Charles Galinie


February 24, 1973
New Zealand  2–0  Tahiti Newmarket Park, Auckland, New Zealand
Attendance: ?
Referee: B. Chaudet (New Hebrides)
David Taylor
Alan Marley


 1973 OFC Nations Cup Winners 

New Zealand
First title

Goalscorers (overall)

3 goals

2 goals

1 goal

  • New Zealand Geoff Brand
  • French Polynesia Claude Carrara
  • New Caledonia Gerald Delmas
  • FranceNew Hebrides Michael Dupuy
  • French Polynesia Harold Ng Fok
  • France Charles Galinie
  • New Zealand Brian Hardman
  • Fiji Josateki Kurivitu
  • New Zealand Colin Latimour
  • French Polynesia Gilles Malinowski
  • New Caledonia Roger Mandin
  • French Polynesia Roland de Marigny
  • FranceNew Hebrides Alick Saurei
  • French Polynesia Alexis Tumahai
  • New Zealand Brian Turner
  • Fiji Terio Vakatawa
  • FranceNew Hebrides Jacky Valette
  • FranceNew Hebrides Raymond Valette
  • New Caledonia Pierre Wacapo


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