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Oceanian Zone World Cup Qualification

The 2006 FIFA World Cup will be held in Germany during the summer of 2006. 

The draw for FIFA World Cup Qualification took place on December 5, 2003 at the Frankfurt Festhalle, Frankfurt am Main, Germany. 

The 10 teams in the Oceanian Zone are grouped as follows for the 1st Stage:

Group 1
Solomon Islands
New Caledonia
Cook Islands
Group 2
Papua New Guinea
American Samoa

The Winners and runners-up from the 1st Stage groups advance to the 2nd Stage. Australia (QUALIFIED) and New Zealand directly qualify for the 2nd Stage.

The 2nd Stage is played as a league system (home/away) for 1 group of 6 teams. The winner and runner-up of the 2nd Stage group advance to the 3rd Stage.

Two teams play off (home/away) in the 3rd Stage and the winner will play off against the 5th placed team from the South American Zone. The winner of this interzone play-off will qualify for the 2006 World Cup Finals.

Check FIFA for the most recent Oceanian Zone matches and results.

COUNTDOWN TO Germany 2006 for Oceanian Zone Teams:

March/April 2004 - 1st Stage Qualification Matches played as a league system.

May/June 2004 - 2nd Stage Qualification Matches played as a league system.

September 2005 - 3rd Stage Play-Off Matches played home/away.

December 9, 2005 - Draw for the FIFA World Cup finals (32 teams) in Leipzig, Germany.

June 9, 2006 - Opening World Cup 2006 match, Stadion Munchen, Munich, Germany.

July 9, 2006 - FIFA World Cup 2006: The Final, Olympiastadion, Berlin, Germany.

If you want to have a bet on the 2006 World Cup, go to our bookies page for a wide choice of online bookmakers and sportsbooks.
For World Cup 2006 news and information, check out these sites:
FIFA World Cup Germany 2006
Official Site for the 2006 FIFA World Cup, in association with Yahoo!.
The Official Site for the Oceania Football Confederation.
FIFA Football Confederations
FIFA's Confederations page with links to all the organisations of the national confederations around the world: AFC, CAF, CONCACAF, CONMEBOL, OFC, and UEFA.
FIFA World Rankings
FIFA's World Football rankings.
Elo Ratings 
World football ratings - check scores and world rankings. Excellent site! A different take on the World Football rankings.

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