Monday, 13 August 2012 12:48 PM
Match Details Revealed for Oceania Qualifiers
New Caledonia, New Zealand, Solomon Islands and Tahiti will fight it out to keep their hopes of reaching Brazil 2014 alive over six rounds, from 7 September 2012 to 26 March 2013.
The four nations involved in Stage 3 of Oceania qualifying for the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil have revealed the details of their home fixtures as their respective preparations move up a gear.
The draw for Stage 3 was conducted by OFC in June and the confederation has since worked with the member associations to decide on the venues and kick-off times of their home matches.
With the opening round just under a month away, these details have now been ironed out and fans can begin their planning to follow their representative on a path they hope will lead to Brazil.
As expected, most matches will take place at the predominant football stadium in the capital city of each nation, with New Caledonia set to stage their home games at the impressive Stade Numa Daly in Noumea, the Solomon Islands welcoming their opponents to Lawson Tama Stadium in Honiara and Tahiti playing host at Stade Pater in Papeete.
The only country to stray from this trend is New Zealand, who will use at least two different venues - Auckland's North Harbour Stadium and Christchurch's AMI Stadium - and are yet to confirm the details of the All Whites final home match, a meeting with New Caledonia's Les Cagous on 22 March 2013.
The countries all qualified for the third stage after making the semi-finals of the OFC Nations Cup, a tournament held from June 1-10 in Honiara, Solomon Islands, that doubled as Stage 2 of World Cup qualifying.
Stage 3 will consist of a round-robin home-and-away play-off series based on a league system and the winner will advance to the inter-continental play-off against the fourth-placed CONCACAF nation, scheduled to be held in November 2013, for a berth at Brazil 2014.
The other countries that attempted to qualify for Stage 3 at the Nations Cup were Fiji, Papua New Guinea, Samoa and Vanuatu but their Brazil 2014 dreams are now over after their failure to make the top four in Honiara.
Stage 1 took place last November in Apia, Samoa, and resulted in the hosts qualifying for the Nations Cup by holding off the challenges of American Samoa, Cook Islands and Tonga.