Oceania Football Confederation (OFC) members have work to do if they want to be represented at the World Cup 2022 tournament in Qatar. OFC is the only continent that faces the prospect of being left out as far as qualification for World Cup 2022 tournament in Qatar is concerned. The World Cup 2022 qualifiers in the OFC section has two rounds. In the first round, the 11 teams for the qualifiers would be divided into two groups based on their various positions in the FIFA Ranking.
The top two teams from the two groups will qualify for the second round of the World Cup 2022 qualifiers in the OFC section. The 11 teams for the qualifiers are New Zealand, Fiji, Solomon Islands, New Caledonia, Tonga, Samoa and Vanuatu. The other teams are Tahiti, Cook Islands, American Samoa and Papua New Guinea.
Four teams will make into the second round at the end of proceedings in the first round. The four teams will feature in two-legged ties to determine the final two teams. The last two standing will also be involved in a two-legged tie to determine the sole team to represent OFC at the inter-confederation playoffs. New Zealand are the most successful team on the Oceania continent and are regarded as the team to pick the inter-confederation playoffs slot.
New Zealand have been at the FIFA World Cup tournament twice. The first appearance came at the 1982 edition in Spain. Their most recent appearance at the tournament was at the 2010 edition in South Africa. New Zealand are the only team to ever qualify for the World Cup tournament proper amongst the teams in the Oceania continent. New Zealand have won the OFC Nations Cup five times with the last triumph coming four years ago. The last OFC Nations Cup triumph was in 2016.