The Oceania Football Confederation have confirmed that Fifa coins have granted them an additional slot for the U17 and U20 World Cups in 2017.
The decision was made by Fifa’s Executive Committee in a two day meeting at their headquarters in Zurich and it means Oceania will now have two representatives at each of the men’s youth events.
OFC president David Chung said New Zealand hosting the Fifa U20 World Cup presented them with a case to be awarded an extra spot.
“As hosts, New Zealand performed brilliantly to gain passage out of the group stage for the first time. On top of that, Fiji debuted at a Fifa event and earned their first win at this level too.
“Our Member Associations have shown that they are capable, and ready, to compete with the world’s best.”
New Zealand lost 2-1 to European giants Portugal in the last 16 after a heart breaking extra time defeat and Fiji – who won their first match at a FIFA coins event with a 3-0 win over Honduras – narrowly missed out on the knockout stages.
Chung believes that Oceania’s football teams will now have greater success with the added exposure from the tournaments.
“Being exposed to this level of football at a young age is going to have a positive effect on these players as well as the coaches and administrators who accompany them,” said Chung.
“In addition, the exposure that participation in an event such as these can offer is priceless for ambitious young footballers.”
Fifa’s largest men’s youth tournaments will both next take place in 2017 with the U20s tournament being held in South Korea and the U17s edition will be held in India.