From battling to guide a spot on the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022™ to the one hundredth anniversary of our first Men’s National Team match, there’s a lot to get enthusiastic about in 2022.
Socceroos followers, here’s a rundown of the key dates to put in your calendar for the following 12 months.
Remaining Round 3 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers
January 27: Socceroos v Vietnam (8:10pm AEDT – Melbourne, Australia)
February 1: Socceroos v Oman (3am February 2 AEDT – Muscat, Oman)
March 27: Socceroos v Japan (TBC, Australia)
March 29: Socceroos v Saudia Arabia (TBC, Saudi Arabia)
The Road to Qatar will recommence on January 27 when the Socceroos host Vietnam in an important conflict on the Melbourne Rectangular Stadium.
With a capability crowd set to converge on the Melbourne Park precinct and each level proving essential, the Socceroos shall be prepared to placed on a present.
Just days later, the Socceroos journey to Muscat to face Oman in one more important qualifier.
Then, all of it may come down to two large matchups in late March as Australia face Japan at dwelling, earlier than closing out Group B towards group leaders Saudi Arabia.
While the Green and Gold are at the moment third in Group B, qualification for a fifth consecutive World Cup remains to be in their arms.
To qualify instantly, Australia should end both first or second in Group B whereas a third-place end would ship the Socceroos to a play-off towards the third-place crew from Group A, adopted by an intercontinental play-off.
Potential FIFA World Cup Qualification play-offs
June 2022: Asian Playoffs
June 13/14, 2022: Single-Leg Intercontinental Playoffs
Only the highest two groups in every AFC third-round group routinely qualify for the 2022 FIFA World Cup.
Should the Socceroos end third, Australia would have to navigate the play-off stage in order to qualify for Qatar.
The play-offs include a tie towards the third-place crew from Group A, adopted by a single-leg intercontinental play-off on impartial territory towards the fifth-best facet in South American qualifying.
The Socceroos took this path to Russia 2018, navigating home-and-away ties with Syria and Honduras.
one hundredth anniversary of Australia’s first ‘A’ worldwide
June 17, 2022 marks the one hundredth anniversary of the Socceroos’ first ever match – though they weren’t generally known as the ‘Socceroos’ on the time.
The historical past of the Australian Men’s National Football crew dates all the best way again to 1922, when a tour invitation from New Zealand Football was accepted by the Commonwealth Football Association.
Players from NSW and Queensland had been chosen for the tour which consisted of fourteen video games, together with three Tests. The first of these passed off in Dunedin on 17 June, in which New Zealand had been victorious 3-1, with William Maunder scoring the one aim for Australia.
Australia performed in a light-blue strip with maroon hoops on the socks, incorporating the colors of each NSW and Queensland. They wore these colors till 1924 when Green & Gold had been integrated into the equipment.
Stay tuned all through 2022, as Football Australia celebrates the crew’s lengthy historical past throughout its centenary 12 months.
FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022™
Should the Socceroos qualify for the World Cup in Qatar, they are going to compete at their fifth consecutive World Cup Finals.
Until 2010, Australia had solely ever certified for 2 World Cups, each of which had been held on German soil, in 1974 and 2006.
While these two tournaments signify the excessive watermark of the achievements of the nationwide facet, the a number of makes an attempt to qualify for the largest single-sport occasion in the world have characterised the Socceroos’ historical past.
The 2022 World Cup is scheduled to happen November 21 to December 18 and is exclusive for a couple of causes. At simply 28 days lengthy, this World Cup would be the shortest match because the 1978 version. The match additionally takes place in the Middle East for the primary time.
13 nations have already secured their spot in Qatar, with groups all over the world battling it out to safe the remaining spots and Australia shall be determined to add their title to the checklist.