The Auckland City coach Ramon Tribulietx believes Oceania teams can continue to be competitive at world events like the Club World Cup.
The O-League champions will play Mexican side Cruz Azul in the play-off for third on Sunday, while their semi final conquerors, San Lorenzo, will meet Real Madrid in the final.
Tribulietx says the gap around the world is closing and the A-League in Australia is certainly helping players in this part of the world.
"Thats providing them with an opportunity to have full-time players. That means that they play in big games every weekend and, us, we are getting better, our league is getting better as well. I'm not surprised - I think it's good for that side of the world. We have been forgotten probably, at football, for a long time but we are putting our heads out there right now and hopefully we will keep on doing that in the near future."