After Israel was expelled from AFC in 1974, the country began playing World Cup qualifiers with Uefa before becoming a full member in 1994. All Football. While Australia were keen to embark on what was perceived to be an easier World Cup qualifying route with increased marketing opportunities through Asia, their rivals in Oceania were happy to see the country leave the OFC so as to enhance their own chances of qualifying for international tournaments.
Sign in. Topics Explainers Australia. Australia had competed in the Oceania Football Confederation OFC , but grew frustrated with Fifa's continued reluctance to grant the continent an automatic World Cup qualifying spot.
By Sam Street. AFP or licensors. Countries can move between continental confederations if they receive the agreement of the confederation they are looking to join and the Fifa Executive Committee.
The Socceroos were victorious in 2015 and have also progressed to every World Cup since switching from Oceania to Asia in 2006. Ironically, the Socceroos did manage to beat Uruguay in a play-off and qualify for the World Cup in 2006 - their final year in the OFC. They can go it alone, I am sure it will be a success. Jump directly to the content.