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Australia
Shirt badge/Association crest
Nickname(s) Socceroos
Association Football Federation Australia
Confederation AFC (Asia)
Sub-confederation AFF (Southeast Asia)
Head coach Graham Arnold
Captain Mile Jedinak
Most caps Mark Schwarzer (109)
Top scorer Tim Cahill (50)
FIFA code AUS
First colours
Second colours
FIFA ranking
Current 43 Decrease 7 (16 August 2018)
Highest 14 (September 2009)
Lowest 102 (November 2014)
Elo ranking
Current 40 (11 July 2018)
Highest 9 (14 August 2001[1])
Lowest 75 (November 1965)
First international
 New Zealand 3–1 Australia 
(Dunedin, New Zealand; 17 June 1922)
Biggest win
 Australia 31–0 American Samoa 
(Coffs Harbour, Australia; 11 April 2001)
(World record for senior international matches)[2]
Biggest defeat
 Australia 0–8 South Africa 
(Adelaide, Australia; 17 September 1955)
World Cup
Appearances 5 (first in 1974)
Best result Round of 16 (2006)
Asian Cup
Appearances 3 (first in 2007)
Best result Champions (2015)
OFC Nations Cup
Appearances 6 (first in 1980)
Best result Champions (1980,
1996, 2000, 2004)
Confederations Cup
Appearances 4 (first in 1997)
Best result Runners-up (1997)
Website socceroos.com.au
Socceroos logo

The Australian national soccer team represents Australia in international men's soccer. Officially nicknamed the Socceroos, the team is controlled by the governing body for soccer in Australia, Football Federation Australia (FFA), which is currently a member of the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) and the regional ASEAN Football Federation (AFF) since leaving the Oceania Football Confederation (OFC) in 2006.

Australia is the only national team to have been a champion of two confederations, having won the OFC Nations Cup four times between 1980 and 2004, as well as the AFC Asian Cup at the 2015 event on home soil. The team has represented Australia at the FIFA World Cup tournament on five occasions, in 1974 and from 2006 to 2018. The team has also represented Australia at the FIFA Confederations Cup four times.

History

Early years

The first Australia team playing New Zealand in 1922

The first Australia national team was constituted in 1922 for a tour of New Zealand,[3] which included two defeats and a draw. For the next 36 years, Australia, New Zealand and South Africa became regular opponents in tour (exhibition) matches.[4] During that period, Australia also competed against Canada and India during their tours of Australia in 1924 and 1938 respectively.[5][6] Australia recorded their worst ever defeat on 30 June 1951 as they lost 17–0 in a match to a touring England side.[7] Australia had a rare opportunity to compete on the world's stage during the team's first major international tournament as hosts of the 1956 Melbourne Olympics. However, an inexperienced squad proved to be reason for the team's disappointing performance.[8] With the advent of cheap air travel, Australia began to diversify its range of opponents.[4] However, its geographical isolation continued to play a role in its destiny for the next 30 years.[4]

After failing to qualify for the FIFA World Cup in 1966 and 1970, losing in play-offs to North Korea and Israel respectively, Australia finally appeared at their first World Cup in West Germany, 1974.[9] After managing only a draw from Chile and losses from East Germany and West Germany, the team which was made up of mostly amateur players was eliminated at the end of the first round, finishing last in their group without scoring a goal. It would prove to be the only appearance for the Australian team until the World Cup tournament returned to Germany more than three decades later in 2006.[9] Over a 40-year period, the Australian team was known for its near misses in its attempts to qualify for the World Cup; they lost play-offs in 1966 to North Korea, 1970 to Israel, 1986 to Scotland, 1994 to Argentina, 1998 to Iran and 2002 to Uruguay.

First successes and "golden generation"

The team's previously poor record in World Cup competition was not reflected in their reasonable performances against strong European and South American sides. In 1988, Australia defeated reigning world champions Argentina 4–1 in the Australian Bicentennial Gold Cup.[10][11] In 1997, Australia drew with reigning world champions Brazil 0–0 in the group stage and then defeated Uruguay 1–0 in the semi-finals to reach the 1997 FIFA Confederations Cup Final.[12] In 2001, after a victory against reigning world champions France in the group stage, Australia finished the 2001 FIFA Confederations Cup in third place after defeating Brazil 1–0 in the third-place decider.[13] Australia defeated England 3–1 at West Ham United's Boleyn Ground in 2003 as Wayne Rooney made his international debut.[14]

In early 2005, it was reported that Football Federation Australia had entered into discussions to join the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) and end an almost 40-year association with the Oceania Football Confederation (OFC).[15] Many commentators and fans, most notably soccer broadcaster and former Australian captain Johnny Warren, felt that the only way for Australia to progress was to abandon Oceania.[16] On 13 March, the AFC executive committee made a unanimous decision to invite Australia to join the AFC.[17] After the OFC executive committee unanimously endorsed Australia's proposed move, FIFA approved the move on 30 June 2005.[17] Australia joined Asia, with the move taking effect on 1 January 2006, though until then, Australia had to compete for a 2006 World Cup position as an OFC member country.[17]

After a successful campaign, the team took the first steps towards qualification for the 2006 World Cup.[18] After coach Frank Farina stood down from the position after Australia's dismal performance at the 2005 Confederations Cup, Guus Hiddink was announced as the new national coach.[18] Australia, ranked 49th, would then have to play the 18th ranked Uruguay in a rematch of the 2001 qualification play-off for a spot in the 2006 World Cup. After a 5–0 friendly win against Jamaica,[19] the first leg of the play-off tournament was lost (1–0), with the return leg still to be played in Australia four days later in Sydney on 16 November 2005.[20]

Australia playing Uruguay at Stadium Australia to determine the last qualifying spots for the 2006 World Cup.

The second leg of the qualifying play-off was played in front of a crowd of 82,698 at Stadium Australia.[21] Australia led Uruguay 1–0 after 90 minutes following a goal by Mark Bresciano in the first half. The aggregate was tied, and extra time was played. Neither team scored after two periods of extra time, bringing the game to a penalty shootout. Australia won the penalty shootout (4–2), making Australia the first ever team to qualify for a World Cup via a penalty shootout.[22] Australian goalkeeper Mark Schwarzer made two saves, with John Aloisi scoring the winning penalty for a place in the World Cup, Australia's first qualification in 32 years.[20]

Australia went into the 2006 World Cup as the second lowest-ranked side. Although their ranking vastly improved in subsequent months after a series of exhibition matches against high-profile teams, including a 1–1 draw against the Netherlands, and a 1–0 win at the sold out 100,000 capacity Melbourne Cricket Ground against the then European Champions Greece.[23]

For the 2006 World Cup, Australia was placed into Group F, along with Japan, Croatia and defending champions Brazil. In their opening group game, Australia defeated Japan 3–1, with Tim Cahill scoring two goals (84', 89') and John Aloisi scoring one (90+2') in the last eight minutes. Their goals made history, being the first ever scored by Australia's men's soccer team in a World Cup, as well as all three goals being scored in the last seven minutes of the game, which was never before done in a World Cup match.[24] Australia met Brazil in their second group game, which Australia lost to Brazil 2–0. Australia faced Croatia in their third match. The final score (2–2) was enough to see Australia proceed to the knockout stage, where they were eliminated from the competition after a 1–0 defeat by the eventual champions Italy after conceding a controversial penalty in the 93rd minute. The loss marked the official end of Hiddink's tenure as Australia's national coach.[25] The success achieved at the 2006 World Cup later saw the team named AFC National Team of the Year,[26] as well as being dubbed the "golden generation" in the history of the Socceroos.[27]

Later success

Led by coach Graham Arnold, Australia went to their first Asian Cup in 2007, sending a strong squad which included 15 players from the previous year's World Cup team. In Group A they played against Oman (1–1 draw), Thailand (4–0 win) and eventual champions Iraq (3–1 loss), assuring Australia's progression to the quarter final stage of the tournament. Though after drawing 1–1 with Japan after extra time, Australia exited the tournament on penalties at the quarter-final stage. An international friendly on 11 September 2007 against Argentina (1–0 loss) was Graham Arnold's last game as head coach, with the position eventually being filled by Pim Verbeek on 6 December 2007.[28]

Australia began their 2010 World Cup campaign in the third round of qualification, drawn into a group, composed of Qatar, Iraq and China PR, in which Australia finished first. Australia eventually saw progression through to the 2010 World Cup after comfortably winning the fourth round of qualification in a group consisting of Japan, Bahrain, Qatar and Uzbekistan.[29] Australia's qualification was already assured before the final two games, finally topping its group ahead of Japan by five points.

Australia against Germany in Moses Mabhida Stadium, at the 2010 FIFA World Cup.

Australia were drawn into Group D in the 2010 FIFA World Cup, which featured three-time world champion Germany, Ghana and Serbia. On 14 June 2010, Australia faced Germany. Pim Verbeek's surprising decision to play without a recognised striker saw Australia comprehensively defeated 4–0. Verbeek received heavy criticism for his tactics,[30] with SBS (Australia's World Cup broadcaster) chief soccer analyst Craig Foster calling for his immediate sacking.[31] Australia's second group match against Ghana resulted in a draw of 1–1, and their third and final group match against Serbia resulted in a 2–1 win. Ultimately Australia's heavy loss to Germany saw them eliminated in group stage. Pim Verbeek completed his term as Australian coach at the end of the 2010 World Cup and was soon replaced by Holger Osieck.[32]

In 2010, Australia qualified for their second AFC Asian Cup, topping their qualification group. A successful campaign at the 2011 AFC Asian Cup saw Australia become runners-up to Japan, after losing in the Final 1–0 in extra time.[33]

In 2012, Australia agreed to compete in the East Asian Cup.[34] Australia travelled to Hong Kong to compete in a series of qualification matches with the hopes of qualifying for the 2013 East Asian Cup. Despite handing several debuts and fielding an in-experienced squad, Australia was successful, finishing ahead of Hong Kong, North Korea, Guam and Chinese Taipei to progress to the 2013 East Asian Cup, where Australia eventually finished last behind Japan, South Korea and China PR.[35][36] On 26 August 2013, Australia became full members of the ASEAN Football Federation sub-confederation.[37]

Australia against Chile in Arena Pantanal, Cuiabá, at the 2014 FIFA World Cup.

Australia's 2014 FIFA World Cup qualification began with a series of friendlies against the United Arab Emirates (0–0), Germany (1–2 win), New Zealand (3–0 win), Serbia (0–0) and Wales (1–2 win).[38] Australia's World Cup campaign started in the third round of qualification, with Australia topping their group to progress to the fourth round. After winning their last fourth round-game, Australia finished as runners-up in their group, qualifying for the 2014 FIFA World Cup on 18 June 2013.[39]

Shortly after achieving qualification to the World Cup, Australia played a series of friendly matches against Brazil and France, suffering consecutive 6–0 defeats. This along with previous poor performances during the 2014 World Cup qualification campaign resulted in manager Holger Osieck's sacking, bringing his four-year tenure as Australia's manager to an end.[40]

New generation: the 2015 Asian Cup triumph

After a two-week search for a new manager, Ange Postecoglou was eventually appointed in the position.[41] Postecoglou was tasked with regenerating the Australian national team, which was deemed to have been too reliant on members of their Golden Generation of 2006, subsequently leading to a stagnation of results, culminating in successive 6–0 defeats to Brazil and France.[42] In his first game as Australia's manager, a home friendly match against Costa Rica, Australia won 1–0 courtesy of a goal from Tim Cahill.[43]

For the 2014 World Cup, Australia were drawn in Group B alongside reigning Cup holders Spain, 2010 runners-up Netherlands and Chile.[44] Their first match was off to a lacklustre start, having conceded two goals in the opening 15 minutes from Alexis Sánchez and Jorge Valdivia. Despite a goal from Tim Cahill that inspired a late resurgence from Postecoglou's team, they ultimately lost to Chile 3–1. Their second match against the Netherlands was a close one, but their efforts ended in a 3–2 loss, thus earning their early exit along with the Spanish team. Australian fans praised the team for their outstanding efforts in a tough group. In the end, Australia finished Group B with a third, consecutive defeat to former world champions Spain, 3–0. Australia's competitive World Cup performances in a difficult group lead to belief that a new Golden Generation was about to begin.[45][46]

In their first international match proceeding the World Cup, Australia played World Cup quarter-finalists Belgium in Liège, with Australia going down 2–0. Four days later, Australia achieved their first international win in ten months, and just their second win under Ange Postecoglou, with a 3–2 victory over Saudi Arabia in London. After drawing against the United Arab Emirates, and suffering successive losses against Qatar and Japan, combined with previous poor results earlier in the year, Australia slipped to 94 and 102 in the FIFA World Rankings, their lowest ever ranking.[47]

Australia match against Kuwait in 2015 AFC Asian Cup opening match

The new year saw Australia host the 2015 AFC Asian Cup, with the team making their third consecutive appearance in the tournament. Australia won their first two group matches against Kuwait and Oman comfortably, with scorelines of 4–1 and 4–0 respectively. This guaranteed their qualification for the knockout stage, despite losing their final group match against South Korea in Brisbane 1–0.[48] They faced China PR in the quarter-finals and won 2–0, courtesy of a second-half brace from Tim Cahill. In the semi-finals, Australia won 2–0 over United Arab Emirates and advanced to the final for the second time in row. They faced South Korea in the final on 31 January at Stadium Australia, winning 2–1 after extra time to claim their first Asian title and qualify for the 2017 FIFA Confederations Cup.[49][50]

After Australia qualified for the 2018 FIFA World Cup, Ange Postecoglou resigned from his position as coach;[51] and Bert van Marwijk was subsequently appointed as his replacement.[52][53][54] On 8 March 2018, after van Marwijk's first squad announcement, the FFA announced that Graham Arnold will take the coaching role from after the 2018 FIFA World Cup until the 2022 FIFA World Cup.[55]

On 16 March 2018, CONMEBOL announced that Australia could be one of the 3 AFC teams competing in the 2019 Copa América. Qatar, South Korea, Japan, and China were the other 4 possible teams.[56] However, in the end they were not invited to participate in the tournament, with Qatar and Japan being selected as the invited teams.[57]

Team image

Media coverage

Australian matches are broadcast by subscription sports network Fox Sports and in 2018 by free-to-air network Ten on its One channel. Previous coverage has been provided by SBS and Nine on its 9Go! channel. The national team having set multiple ratings records for both subscription and free-to-air television. Australia's final 2006 World Cup qualifying match against Uruguay was the highest rating program in SBS history with an audience of 3.4 million viewers,[58] while a 2010 World Cup qualifying match against Uzbekistan set a record for the highest subscription television audience, with an average of 431,000 viewers.[59] The 2015 Asian Cup Final against South Korea had a total reach of 5.3 million Australians overall.[60]

Kit

Australia's first national kit, 1922

Australia's first kit was sky blue with a maroon hoop on the socks, the colours representing the states of New South Wales and Queensland, a look that was reminiscent of the Australian national rugby league team's strips of the period.[61] They wore the predominantly light blue kit until 1924 when they changed to green and gold.[62]

Australia have worn a yellow jersey, usually accompanied by green shorts, and yellow socks since the 1960s. The colour of the socks has altered throughout the 1970s, 1980s, and 1990s from white to the same green as the shorts to the same yellow colour as the jersey. Their current away kit is a dark green/volt jersey accompanied by dark green shorts and socks. Australia's kits have been produced by manufacturers including Umbro, Adidas, KingRoo, and since 2004 by Nike.[63]

Rather than displaying the logo of Football Federation Australia, Australia's jersey traditionally features the coat of arms of Australia over the left breast. The team first wore the traditional green and yellow colours in 1924.[64] Australia's 1974 World Cup kits were produced by Adidas as were all other national team kits in the tournament, with Adidas sponsoring the event. The kits, however, contained Umbro branding, due to the manufacturer's Australian partnership at the time.[65] Nike renewed the kit manufacturer deal with FFA for another 11 years in 2012, handing them the rights to make national team kits until 2022.[66] In the lead-up to the 2014 World Cup, the new kits to be worn by the team were revealed. The design of the new kits included a plain yellow shirt with a green collar, plain dark green shorts and white socks, a tribute to the 1974 Socceroos. Inside the back of the neck also had woven the quote, "We Socceroos can do the impossible", from Peter Wilson, the captain of the 1974 Australian team.[67] This kit was well received.[68] In March 2016, FFA revealed the new Socceroos kit, which featured a yellow jersey, yellow shorts and green socks. This was reportedly in accordance with a FIFA directive, instructing all national teams to have matching shirts and shorts.[69][70] This kit was met with wide public contention, primarily due to the colour change of the shorts from the traditional green to yellow.[69][70][71][72][73]

Kit suppliers

Kit supplier Period Notes
United States Nike 0000–present

Nickname

Socceroos livery on a Qantas 747–400

Australia's nickname, "Socceroos", was coined in 1967 by Sydney journalist Tony Horstead in his coverage of the team on a goodwill tour to South Vietnam during the Vietnam War.[74] It is commonly used by both the Australian people and the governing body, the FFA.[75] The nickname represents a cultural propensity for the use of colloquialisms in the country. It also represents the Australian English use of the sport's name.[76][77]

The name itself is similar to most other Australian national representative sporting team nicknames; used informally when referring to the team, in the media or in conversation. Similarly, the name is derived from a well-known symbol of Australia, in this case the kangaroo. The words soccer and kangaroo are combined into a portmanteau word as soccer-roo; such as Olyroos for the Australia Olympic soccer team.[78]

Rivalries

One of the matches of the 2006 World Cup was a group stage match between Australia and Japan at Fritz-Walter-Stadion in Kaiserslautern, Germany.

Australia's long time rivals are trans-Tasman neighbours New Zealand.[79] The two teams' history dates back to 1922, where they first met in both their international debuts. The rivalry between the Socceroos and the All Whites (New Zealand) is part of a wider friendly rivalry between the neighbours Australia and New Zealand, which applies not only to sport but to the culture of the two countries. The rivalry was intensified when Australia and New Zealand were both members of the OFC, regularly competing in OFC Nations Cup finals and in FIFA World Cup qualifications, where only one team from the OFC progressed to the World Cup. Since Australia left the OFC to join the AFC in 2006, competition between the two teams has been less frequent. However, the rivalry between the two teams is still strong, with the occasional match receiving much media and public attention.[80]

After joining the AFC, Australia began to develop a fierce rivalry with fellow Asian powerhouse Japan.[81] The rivalry began at the 2006 World Cup, where the two countries were grouped together. The rivalry continued with the two countries meeting regularly in various AFC competitions[82] including the 2011 Asian Cup final and qualification for the 2010, 2014 and 2018 World Cups.

Supporters

The main supporter group of the Australian national team is Socceroos Active Support (SAS).[83] SAS was founded in January 2015 as an independent group,[84] who uses social media to organise and keep in touch. This replaced the former active support group Terrace Australis,[85] who were founded by Football Federation Australia and fans in 2013, during Australia's 2014 World Cup qualification campaign.[86] Its establishment came in the wake of poor off-field action and minimal community engagement.[87] Previously, the emergence of Terrace Australis saw the Green and Gold Army relinquish its role as a hub for active support, which it had claimed since its establishment in 2001.[88][89] Since the 2015 AFC Asian Cup triumph, the supporters had encouraged people in Australia to focus more on the national team, and the nation's soccer pride.

Home stadium

Australia does not have a dedicated national stadium, instead the team plays at different venues throughout the country for exhibition or tournament purposes. In recent years, major international matches have usually been rotated around various large grounds, include Stadium Australia and Sydney Football Stadium in Sydney, Hunter Stadium in Newcastle, Docklands Stadium in Melbourne and Lang Park in Brisbane. International matches have also been played at the Melbourne Cricket Ground and Melbourne Rectangular Stadium in Melbourne, Hindmarsh Stadium and Adelaide Oval in Adelaide, Subiaco Oval in Perth and Canberra Stadium in Canberra.

Australia historically played at the Gabba in Brisbane, which hosted Australia's first international match on home-soil on 9 June 1923.[90] Other historic venues which regularly hosted international home matches include Olympic Park Stadium in Melbourne as well as the Sydney Cricket Ground, Sydney Sports Ground and Sydney Showground.

In England, the Socceroos have also played several "home" games previously at Craven Cottage in Fulham (Fulham Football Club's home ground), and Loftus Road, Shepherd's Bush (Queens Park Rangers' home ground), owing to the fact there is a large Australian expatriate community in West London, and that a high proportion of the senior team play in European leagues.[citation needed]

Coaching staff

Position Name
Head coach Australia Graham Arnold
Assistant coach Netherlands René Meulensteen
Assistant coach Vacant
Goalkeeping coach Australia Tony Franken

Players

For all past and present players who have appeared for the national team, see Category:Australia international soccer players and List of Australian international association football caps.

Current squad

The following 23 players were named in the squad for the 2018 FIFA World Cup, as well as a friendly match against Hungary on 9 June 2018.[91]
Caps and goals correct as of 26 June 2018, after the game against Peru.

No. Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
1 1GK Mathew Ryan (1992-04-08) 8 April 1992 (age 26) 47 0 England Brighton & Hove Albion
12 1GK Brad Jones (1982-03-19) 19 March 1982 (age 36) 5 0 Saudi Arabia Al-Nassr
18 1GK Danny Vukovic (1985-03-27) 27 March 1985 (age 33) 1 0 Belgium Genk

2 2DF Milos Degenek (1994-04-28) 28 April 1994 (age 24) 18 0 Serbia Red Star Belgrade
3 2DF James Meredith (1988-04-04) 4 April 1988 (age 30) 2 0 England Millwall
6 2DF Matthew Jurman (1989-12-08) 8 December 1989 (age 28) 4 0 Saudi Arabia Al-Ittihad
16 2DF Aziz Behich (1990-10-16) 16 October 1990 (age 27) 26 2 Turkey Bursaspor
19 2DF Josh Risdon (1992-07-27) 27 July 1992 (age 26) 11 0 Australia Western Sydney Wanderers
20 2DF Trent Sainsbury (1992-01-05) 5 January 1992 (age 26) 38 3 Netherlands PSV

5 3MF Mark Milligan (1985-08-04) 4 August 1985 (age 33) 71 6 Unattached
8 3MF Massimo Luongo (1992-09-25) 25 September 1992 (age 25) 35 5 England Queens Park Rangers
13 3MF Aaron Mooy (1990-09-15) 15 September 1990 (age 27) 37 5 England Huddersfield Town
15 3MF Mile Jedinak (Captain) (1984-08-03) 3 August 1984 (age 34) 79 20 England Aston Villa
17 3MF Daniel Arzani (1999-01-04) 4 January 1999 (age 19) 5 1 England Manchester City
21 3MF Dimitri Petratos (1992-11-10) 10 November 1992 (age 25) 2 0 Australia Newcastle Jets
22 3MF Jackson Irvine (1993-03-07) 7 March 1993 (age 25) 22 2 England Hull City
23 3MF Tom Rogic (1992-12-16) 16 December 1992 (age 25) 40 7 Scotland Celtic

4 4FW Tim Cahill RET (1979-12-06) 6 December 1979 (age 38) 107 50 Unattached
7 4FW Mathew Leckie (1991-02-04) 4 February 1991 (age 27) 56 8 Germany Hertha BSC
9 4FW Tomi Juric (1991-07-22) 22 July 1991 (age 27) 38 8 Switzerland Luzern
10 4FW Robbie Kruse (1988-10-05) 5 October 1988 (age 29) 67 5 Germany VfL Bochum
11 4FW Andrew Nabbout (1992-12-26) 26 December 1992 (age 25) 6 1 Japan Urawa Red Diamonds
14 4FW Jamie Maclaren (1993-07-29) 29 July 1993 (age 25) 6 0 Scotland Hibernian

Recent call-ups

The following players have also been called up to the Australia squad within the last 12 months.

Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club Latest call-up
GK Mitchell Langerak (1988-08-22) 22 August 1988 (age 29) 8 0 Japan Nagoya Grampus 2018 FIFA World Cup PRE
GK Mark Birighitti (1991-04-17) 17 April 1991 (age 27) 1 0 Netherlands NAC v.  Honduras, 10 November 2017 PRE
GK Eugene Galekovic (1981-06-12) 12 June 1981 (age 37) 8 0 Australia Melbourne City v.  Thailand, 5 September 2017
GK Adam Federici (1985-01-31) 31 January 1985 (age 33) 16 0 England Stoke City v.  Japan, 31 August 2017 INJ

DF Bailey Wright (1992-07-28) 28 July 1992 (age 26) 23 1 England Bristol City 2018 FIFA World Cup PRE
DF Alex Gersbach (1997-05-08) 8 May 1997 (age 21) 4 0 Norway Rosenborg 2018 FIFA World Cup PRE
DF Aleksandar Susnjar (1995-08-19) 19 August 1995 (age 22) 1 0 Czech Republic Mladá Boleslav 2018 FIFA World Cup PRE
DF Fran Karačić (1996-05-12) 12 May 1996 (age 22) 0 0 Croatia Lokomotiva 2018 FIFA World Cup PRE
DF Ryan McGowan (1989-08-15) 15 August 1989 (age 29) 20 0 England Bradford City v.  Honduras, 15 November 2017
DF Brad Smith (1994-04-09) 9 April 1994 (age 24) 19 0 United States Seattle Sounders v.  Syria, 5 October 2017
DF Matthew Spiranovic (1988-06-27) 27 June 1988 (age 30) 35 0 Australia Perth Glory v.  Thailand, 5 September 2017

MF James Troisi (1988-07-03) 3 July 1988 (age 30) 37 5 Australia Melbourne Victory 2018 FIFA World Cup PRE
MF Joshua Brillante (1993-03-25) 25 March 1993 (age 25) 5 0 Australia Sydney FC 2018 FIFA World Cup PRE
MF Craig Goodwin (1991-12-16) 16 December 1991 (age 26) 3 0 Australia Adelaide United v.  Honduras, 10 November 2017
MF James Jeggo (1992-02-12) 12 February 1992 (age 26) 0 0 Austria Austria Wien v.  Honduras, 10 November 2017
MF Mustafa Amini (1993-04-20) 20 April 1993 (age 25) 2 0 Denmark AGF v.  Honduras, 10 November 2017 PRE
MF Ajdin Hrustic (1996-07-05) 5 July 1996 (age 22) 1 0 Netherlands Groningen v.  Honduras, 10 November 2017 PRE
MF Riley McGree (1998-11-02) 2 November 1998 (age 19) 0 0 Australia Melbourne City v.  Japan, 31 August 2017 PRE

FW Nikita Rukavytsya (1987-06-22) 22 June 1987 (age 31) 18 1 Israel Maccabi Haifa 2018 FIFA World Cup PRE
FW Apostolos Giannou (1990-01-25) 25 January 1990 (age 28) 5 0 Cyprus AEK Larnaca 2018 FIFA World Cup PRE
FW Awer Mabil (1995-09-15) 15 September 1995 (age 22) 0 0 Portugal Paços de Ferreira v.  Honduras, 10 November 2017 PRE

  • INJ Withdrew due to an injury.
  • PRE Preliminary squad.
  • RET Retired from national team.
  • SUS Player suspended.

Recent results and fixtures

For all past match results of the national team, see the team's results page.

The following matches were played or are scheduled to be played in the current or upcoming seasons.

2017

2018

2019

Records

Mark Schwarzer holds the record for most Australia appearances with 109.[92] Tim Cahill is second place with 107 caps, followed by Lucas Neill with 96 caps and Brett Emerton with 95 caps.

Tim Cahill is Australia's highest goalscorer, with 50 goals since his first appearance for Australia in March 2004. Damian Mori (29 goals) and Archie Thompson (28 goals) complete the top three.[93]

Australia currently hold the world record for the largest win and the most goals scored by a player in an international match.[94] Both records were achieved during the 2002 FIFA World Cup qualification match against American Samoa on 11 April 2001. Australia won 31–0 with Archie Thompson scoring 13 goals and David Zdrilic scoring 8.[94][95] Two days before the 31–0 win, Australia broke the record for largest win with a 22–0 win over Tonga.[96] With 13 and 8 goals respectively, both Thompson and Zdrilic broke the previous record jointly held by another Australian, Gary Cole, who scored seven goals against Fiji in 1981,[97] and Iranian Karim Bagheri, who also scored seven goals against Maldives in 1997.[98]

Competitive record

For the all-time record of the national team against opposing nations, see the team's all-time record page.

FIFA World Cup

Australia's FIFA World Cup record
FIFA World Cup record FIFA World Cup qualification Top scorer(s) Manager
Year Result Position Pld W D L GF GA Pos Pld W D L GF GA
Uruguay 1930 Did not participate Did not participate
Italy 1934
France 1938
Brazil 1950
Switzerland 1954
Sweden 1958
Chile 1962
England 1966 Did not qualify Playoff 2 0 0 2 2 9
Mexico 1970 Playoff 9 3 5 1 12 8
West Germany 1974 Group stage 14th 3 0 1 2 0 5 Playoff 11 5 5 1 21 10 AustraliaSocialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Ralé Rašić
Argentina 1978 Did not qualify 4th 12 6 2 4 20 11
Spain 1982 2nd 8 4 2 2 22 9
Mexico 1986 Playoff 8 4 3 1 20 4
Italy 1990 2nd 6 2 2 2 11 7
United States 1994 Playoff 10 7 1 2 21 7
France 1998 Playoff 8 6 2 0 34 5
South Korea Japan 2002 Playoff 8 7 0 1 73 4
Germany 2006 Round of 16 16th 4 1 1 2 5 6 Playoff 9 7 1 1 31 5 Tim Cahill (2) Netherlands Guus Hiddink
South Africa 2010 Group stage 21st 3 1 1 1 3 6 1st 14 9 3 2 19 4 Brett Holman (2) Netherlands Pim Verbeek
Brazil 2014 Group stage 30th 3 0 0 3 3 9 2nd 14 8 4 2 25 12 Tim Cahill (2) Australia Ange Postecoglou
Russia 2018 Group stage 28th 3 0 1 2 2 5 Playoff 22 14 6 2 51 18 Mile Jedinak (2) Netherlands Bert van Marwijk
Qatar 2022 To be determined To be determined To be determined
Mexico Canada United States 2026
Total Round of 16 5/23 16 2 4 10 13 31 141 82 36 23 362 113

FIFA World Cup Interconfederations Qualification Games

FIFA World Cup Interconfederations Qualification Games Record
Year Against Pld W D* L GF GA Result
Mexico 1986  Scotland 2 0 1 1 0 2 DNQ
United States 1994  Canada 2 1 0 1 3 3 DNQ
 Argentina 2 0 1 1 1 2
France 1998  Iran 2 0 2 0 3 3 DNQ
South Korea Japan 2002  Uruguay 2 1 0 1 1 3 DNQ
Germany 2006  Uruguay 2 1 0 1 1 1 Q
Russia 2018  Honduras 2 1 1 0 3 1 Q
Total Various 14 4 5 5 12 15 2/6

FIFA Confederations Cup

FIFA Confederations Cup record
Year Result Position Pld W D L GF GA
Saudi Arabia 1992 No OFC representative invited
Saudi Arabia 1995
Saudi Arabia 1997 Runners-up 2nd 5 2 1 2 4 8
Mexico 1999 Did not qualify
South Korea Japan 2001 Third place 3rd 5 3 0 2 4 2
France 2003 Did not qualify
Germany 2005 Group stage 8th 3 0 0 3 5 10
South Africa 2009 Did not qualify
Brazil 2013
Russia 2017 Group stage 6th 3 0 2 1 4 5
2021 To be determined
Total Runners-up 4/11 16 5 3 8 17 25

AFC Asian Cup

AFC Asian Cup record
Year Result Position Pld W D L GF GA
Indonesia Malaysia
Thailand Vietnam
2007
Quarter-finals 7th 4 1 2 1 7 5
Qatar 2011 Runners-up 2nd 6 4 1 1 13 2
Australia 2015 Champions 1st 6 5 0 1 14 3
United Arab Emirates 2019 Qualified
Total 1 title 4/16 16 10 3 3 34 10


Summer Olympics

Summer Olympics record
Year Result Position Pld W D L GF GA
19081952 Did not participate
Australia 1956 Quarter-finals 5th 2 1 0 1 4 4
Italy 1960 Withdrew
Japan 1964 Did not enter
Mexico 1968
West Germany 1972
Canada 1976
Soviet Union 1980
United States 1984
South Korea 1988 Quarter-finals 7th 4 2 0 2 2 6
1992–present See Australia national under-23 team
Total Quarter-finals 2/17 6 3 0 3 6 10

OFC Nations Cup

OFC Nations Cup record
Year Result Position Pld W D L GF GA
New Zealand 1973 Did not participate
New Caledonia 1980 Champions 1st 4 4 0 0 24 4
1996 Champions 1st 4 3 1 0 14 0
Australia 1998 Runners-up 2nd 4 3 0 1 23 3
French Polynesia 2000 Champions 1st 4 4 0 0 26 0
New Zealand 2002 Runners-up 2nd 5 4 0 1 23 2
Australia 2004 Champions 1st 7 6 1 0 32 4
Total 4 titles 6/9 28 24 2 2 142 13

Honours

Runners-up: 1997
Third place: 2001
Winners: 2015
Runners-up: 2011
Winners: 1980, 1996, 2000, 2004
Runners-up: 1998, 2002

Minor tournaments

See also

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External links

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  • FIFA profile
  • RSSSF Record of Australian International Players
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