Sat, 12 Mar 2005
From: Reuters

Australia hopes to ditch Oceania region for Asia

Reuters, Sydney

Australia have asked world soccer's governing body FIFA for permission to leave the Oceania Football Confederation (OFC) and join Asia as part of a move to develop their domestic game and make it easier to qualify for the World Cup.

Frank Lowy, chairman of Football Federation Australia (FFA), released a statement on Friday confirming talks were underway for his country to join the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) after 2006.

"For some time now the FFA has had an objective to join AFC," Lowy said. "Our current affiliation leaves Australia in an anomalous situation in a football sense."

FFA chief executive John O'Neill said the push to join Asia was part of a long-term strategy to improve the commercial and competitive nature of soccer in a country where it lags behind the more popular football codes of Australian Rules, rugby union and rugby league.

"There is no doubt that if FFA is able to achieve membership of AFC, it will go a long way towards transforming football in Australia," O'Neill said.

"As we move from a domestic competitive environment into an exciting, dynamic, regional one, (this) will contribute to the improved competitive position of the game at all levels, particularly national team and club."

Under the existing arrangement the Oceania winner, Australia or the Solomon Islands, has to playoff against a South American team while Asia has four direct qualifying spots and a playoff position.

Australia is the dominant force in the region but has qualified for the World Cup only once, in 1974.

OFC general secretary Tai Nicholas told the New Zealand Press Association the confederation had not been told about the proposed move, let alone discussed it.

"Until the members of OFC have been consulted and expressed their views on such a proposal, OFC is not in a position to make any further comment," Nicholas said.

New Zealand Soccer chief executive Graham Seatter said he was strongly opposed to the move, arguing it would damage Oceania's position in the game.

"We have suffered by being in the weakest FIFA confederation. Without Australia we would be further weakened and we will suffer more," Seatter told the New Zealand Herald.

"There is a lot of water to flow under the bridge before this happens."

GetRTR 3.00 -- MAR 11, 2005 11:24:12





News Search/Filter
Transaction Rates
16 Aug 18
Buy
Sell
AED1
3,904.98
3,904.98
AFN1
196.77
196.77
ALL1
129.39
129.39
AMD1
29.73
29.73
ANG1
7,772.77
7,772.77
AOA1
53.35
53.35
ARS1
482.14
482.14
AUD1
10,375.77
10,375.77
AWG1
7,995.37
7,995.37
AZN1
8,425.09
8,425.09
BAM1
8,299.56
8,299.56
BBD1
7,171.86
7,171.86
BDT1
169.71
169.71
BGN1
8,319.73
8,319.73
BHD1
38,038.03
38,038.03
BIF1
8.10
8.10
BMD1
14,343.72
14,343.72
BND1
9,493.49
9,493.49
BOB1
2,075.83
2,075.83
BRL1
3,675.14
3,675.14
BSD1
14,343.72
14,343.72
BTC1
91,583,896
91,583,896
BTN1
205.12
205.12
BWP1
1,324.36
1,324.36
BYN1
6,969.22
6,969.22
BZD1
7,134.69
7,134.69
CAD1
10,909.89
10,909.89
CDF1
8.81
8.81
CHF1
14,437.67
14,437.67
CLF1
613,504.02
613,504.02
CLP1
21.48
21.48
CNH1
2,065.99
2,065.99
CNY1
2,068.08
2,068.08
COP1
4.76
4.76
CRC1
25.27
25.27
CUC1
14,343.72
14,343.72
CUP1
562.49
562.49
CVE1
147.19
147.19
CZK1
631.41
631.41
DJF1
80.56
80.56
DKK1
2,182.21
2,182.21
DOP1
287.50
287.50
DZD1
120.29
120.29
EGP1
801.50
801.50
ERN1
956.45
956.45
ETB1
519.14
519.14
EUR1
16,267.66
16,267.66
FJD1
6,765.74
6,765.74
FKP1
18,206.39
18,206.39
GBP1
18,206.39
18,206.39
GEL1
5,780.22
5,780.22
GGP1
18,206.39
18,206.39
GHS1
2,943.81
2,943.81
GIP1
18,206.39
18,206.39
GMD1
297.89
297.89
GNF1
1.58
1.58
GTQ1
1,913.77
1,913.77
GYD1
68.67
68.67
HKD1
1,827.29
1,827.29
HNL1
596.66
596.66
HRK1
2,190.41
2,190.41
HTG1
212.81
212.81
HUF1
50.12
50.12
IDR1
1.00
1.00
ILS1
3,892.81
3,892.81
IMP1
18,206.39
18,206.39
INR1
204.10
204.10
IQD1
12.03
12.03
IRR1
0.33
0.33
ISK1
131.24
131.24
JEP1
18,206.39
18,206.39
JMD1
105.56
105.56
JOD1
20,216.57
20,216.57
JPY1
129.72
129.72
KES1
142.30
142.30
KGS1
210.51
210.51
KHR1
3.52
3.52
KMF1
33.06
33.06
KPW1
15.93
15.93
KRW1
12.61
12.61
KWD1
47,280.81
47,280.81
KYD1
17,207.68
17,207.68
KZT1
39.64
39.64
LAK1
1.68
1.68
LBP1
9.49
9.49
LKR1
89.54
89.54
LRD1
93.32
93.32
LSL1
1,006.22
1,006.22
LYD1
10,276.86
10,276.86
MAD1
1,497.80
1,497.80
MDL1
864.13
864.13
MGA1
4.31
4.31
MKD1
264.18
264.18
MMK1
9.47
9.47
MNT1
5.87
5.87
MOP1
1,773.66
1,773.66
MRO1
40.12
40.12
MRU1
398.99
398.99
MUR1
412.17
412.17
MVR1
927.19
927.19
MWK1
19.72
19.72
MXN1
747.55
747.55
MYR1
3,495.48
3,495.48
MZN1
245.52
245.52
NAD1
1,005.51
1,005.51
NGN1
39.74
39.74
NIO1
447.89
447.89
NOK1
1,695.20
1,695.20
NPR1
128.20
128.20
NZD1
9,405.39
9,405.39
OMR1
37,254.49
37,254.49
PAB1
14,343.72
14,343.72
PEN1
4,323.00
4,323.00
PGK1
4,328.25
4,328.25
PHP1
267.88
267.88
PKR1
116.12
116.12
PLN1
3,764.23
3,764.23
PYG1
2.49
2.49
QAR1
3,939.43
3,939.43
RON1
3,487.43
3,487.43
RSD1
137.90
137.90
RUB1
213.05
213.05
RWF1
16.33
16.33
SAR1
3,823.97
3,823.97
SBD1
1,818.16
1,818.16
SCR1
1,055.33
1,055.33
SDG1
796.69
796.69
SEK1
1,557.02
1,557.02
SGD1
10,392.95
10,392.95
SHP1
18,206.39
18,206.39
SLL1
2.19
2.19
SOS1
24.79
24.79
SRD1
1,923.26
1,923.26
SSP1
110.11
110.11
STD1
0.68
0.68
STN1
660.54
660.54
SVC1
1,638.95
1,638.95
SYP1
27.85
27.85
SZL1
984.80
984.80
THB1
430.35
430.35
TJS1
1,522.29
1,522.29
TMT1
4,098.23
4,098.23
TND1
5,154.61
5,154.61
TOP1
6,207.95
6,207.95
TRY1
2,398.64
2,398.64
TTD1
2,127.88
2,127.88
TWD1
465.08
465.08
TZS1
6.28
6.28
UAH1
522.33
522.33
UGX1
3.83
3.83
USD1
14,343.72
14,343.72
UYU1
457.87
457.87
UZS1
1.84
1.84
VEF1
0.10
0.10
VND1
0.62
0.62
VUV1
132.20
132.20
WST1
5,541.25
5,541.25
XAF1
24.79
24.79
XAG1
211,784.47
211,784.47
XAU1
17,028,223.52
17,028,223.52
XCD1
5,307.47
5,307.47
XDR1
19,983.25
19,983.25
XOF1
24.79
24.79
XPD1
14,201,707.01
14,201,707.01
XPF1
136.32
136.32
XPT1
11,291,959.19
11,291,959.19
YER1
57.28
57.28
ZAR1
984.89
984.89
ZMW1
1,405.97
1,405.97
ZWL1
44.49
44.49
Taxation Exchange Rates
31 Aug 16 - 06 Sep 16
USD 1
13,232.00
AUD 1
10,043.30
CAD 1
10,213.70
DKK 1
1,999.40
HKD 1
1,706.22
MYR 1
3,283.28
NZD 1
9,623.63
NOK 1
1,605.23
GBP 1
17,433.70
SGD 1
9,757.68
SEK 1
1,569.45
CHF 1
13,631.10
JPY 100
13,101.00
MMK 1
11.01
INR 1
197.29
KWD 1
43,920.70
PKR 1
126.23
PHP 1
285.00
SAR 1
3,528.53
LKR 1
91.12
THB 1
382.08
BND 1
9,756.53
EUR 1
14,885.50
CNY 1
1,987.61

Okusi Associates: Indonesian Business & Management Services