|Dates||29 May – 12 October|
|Teams||6 (from 1 confederation)|
|Venue(s)||4 (in 3 host cities)|
|Champions||Australia (4th title)|
|Third place||New Zealand|
|Goals scored||69 (4.06 per match)|
|Top scorer(s)|| Tim Cahill |
(6 goals each)
The 2004 OFC Nations Cup was the edition of the tournament for the OFC Nations Cup and doubled as the qualification tournament to the 2006 FIFA World Cup, except the two-legged final. A separate playoff between Australia and Solomon Islands was held in September 2005, for World Cup Qualifying purposes.
The competition was divided in two Group stages (the first is the Qualifying Stage), with Australia and New Zealand seeded into the second stage (Final Stage). The Oceania champion (Australia) qualified for the 2005 FIFA Confederations Cup.
Main article: 2006 FIFA World Cup qualification – OFC First Round
The 10 teams in the first round were divided into two sections of five teams each. Each team played every other team once. The top two teams from each group then progressed to the second group stage, where they were joined by the two seeded teams.[clarification needed]
|Australia (Final tournament & Final match–Second leg host)|
|Sydney Football Stadium||Hindmarsh Stadium||Marden Sports Complex|
|Capacity: 45,500||Capacity: 17,000||Capacity: 6,000|
|Solomon Islands (Final match–First leg host)|
|Lawson Tama Stadium|
The four surviving members (first and second place teams from each group in stage one) of the first stage joined the two seeded teams (Australia and New Zealand) and took part in a tournament where each team played every other once in a tournament held in Adelaide, Australia.
As this doubled as the 2004 Oceania Nations Cup, the top two teams from the second group stage progressed to a two-legged final to determine the winner of the OFC Nations Cup. These two games on home-and-away basis was separate from World Cup qualifying.
The top two teams from this stage also progressed to the final stage of the 2006 Oceania World Cup qualifying tournament.
Australia and the Solomon Islands progressed to the final stage.
|||Batram Suri 51' (pen.)|
|New Zealand||3–0||Solomon Islands|
|Cahill 14', 47'
Simon 44' (o.g.)
Sterjovski 51', 61', 74'
|Madaschi 6', 50'
Cahill 39', 66', 75'
Menapi 14', 80'
Batram Suri 42'
|||Coveny 61', 75'|
|Coveny 6', 38', 45'
Fisher 16', 22', 63'
Nelsen 82', 87'
|Toma 21'||||Kakai 16'
|||Aloisi 25', 85'
Main article: 2004 OFC Nations Cup Final
The final of the 2004 Oceania Nations Cup was a two-legged home and away final between the top two teams from the second group stage.
|Batram Suri 60'||||Skoko 5', 28'
Australia won 11–1 on aggregate and became the 2004 Oceania Nations Cup Champions. They also qualified for the 2005 Confederations Cup.
Although the second round of 2004 OFC Nations Cup doubled the second round of 2006 FIFA World Cup Oceanian qualification, the final play-off for the World Cup was held separately. Australia defeated Solomon Islands again, winning 9–1 on aggregate, and advanced to a play-off against the CONMEBOL (South American) nation Uruguay.
There were 69 goals scored in 17 matches, for an average of 4.06 goals per match.