In a wireless network, the signals transmitted from one sender to different users have independent channel fluctuation characteristics. The diversity that exists between users is called multiuser diversity and can be exploited by the sender to enhance the capacity of wireless network. In multiuser diversity OFDMA system, exploiting channel fluctuation diversity is in essence done by selecting the user with the strong subcarrier channels. The individual subcarrier selection for each user can achieve the best system performance but high signaling overhead and high system complexity are required. On the other hand, the adaptive subcarrier block method achieves worse BER than that of individual subcarrier selection. This is because the selected block contains the poor channel subcarriers. To overcome this problem, in this paper, we propose an adaptive subcarrier block selection with frequency symbol spreading for an OFDMA system. (C) 2012 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.