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Nickname(s) Socceroos
Association Football Federation Australia
Sub-confederation AFF (South-East Asia)
Confederation AFC (Asia)
Head coach Ange Postecoglou
Captain Lucas Neill
Most caps Mark Schwarzer (109)
Top scorer Damian Mori (29)
FIFA ranking 57 Decrease 4
Highest FIFA ranking 14 (September 2009)
Lowest FIFA ranking 92 (June 2000)
Elo ranking 32
Highest Elo ranking 9 (November 2001)
Lowest Elo ranking 75 (November 1965)
First colours
Second colours
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 international matches)[1]
Biggest defeat
 Australia 0–8 South Africa 
(Adelaide, Australia; 17 September 1955)
World Cup
Appearances 4 (First in 1974)
Best result Round of 16, 2006
Asian Cup
Appearances 2 (First in 2007)
Best result Runners-up, 2011
OFC Nations Cup
Appearances 6 (First in 1980)
Best result Champions, 1980, 1996,
2000, 2004
Confederations Cup
Appearances 3 (First in 1997)
Best result Runners-up, 1997

The Australian national association football team represents Australia in international association football. The team is controlled by the governing body for association football 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. The team's official nickname is the Socceroos.

Australia is a four-time OFC champion and AFC National Team of the Year for 2006. The team represented Australia at the FIFA World Cup tournaments in 1974, 2006 and 2010, and has qualified for the 2014 FIFA World Cup.


Main article: History of the Australia national association football team

Early years

The first Australian national soccer team was constituted in 1922 for a tour of New Zealand.[2] During the tour, Australia suffered two defeats and scraped a draw.[2] For the next 36 years, Australia, New Zealand and South Africa became regular opponents in tour (exhibition) matches.[3] During that period, Australia also competed against Canada and India during their tours of Australia in 1924 and 1938 respectively.[4][5] With the advent of cheap air travel, Australia began to diversified its range of opponents.[3] However, its geographical isolation continued to play a role in its destiny for the next 30 years.[3]

After failing to qualify for the FIFA World Cup in 1966 and 1970, losing in play-offs to North Korea and Israel respectively, Australia eventually appeared at first World Cup in West Germany, 1974.[6] After managing only a draw from Chile and losses from East Germany and West Germany, the team was eliminated at the end of the first round, finishing last in their group. 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.[6] Over that 32-year period, as well as the 8 years prior, 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), and most notably 1998 against Iran and 2002 against Uruguay.[6]

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.[7] 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.[8] 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.[9]

"Golden generation"

In early 2005, it was reported that FFA had entered into discussions to join the AFC and end an almost 40-year association with the OFC.[10] Many commentators and fans, most notably football broadcaster and former Australian captain Johnny Warren, felt that the only way for Australia to progress was to abandon Oceania.[11] On 13 March, AFC executive committee made a unanimous decision to invite Australia to join the AFC.[12] After OFC executive committee unanimously endorsed Australia's proposed move, FIFA approved the move on 30 June 2005.[12] Australia would join Asia, with the move taking effect on 1 January 2006, though until then, Australia would have to compete for a 2006 FIFA World Cup position as an OFC member country.[13]

After a successful campaign, the team took the first steps towards qualification for the 2006 FIFA World Cup.[14] Though 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.[14] 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 successful friendly match against Jamaica (Australia's biggest high-profile win: 5–0),[15] 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.[16]

The second leg of the qualifying play-off was played in front of a crowd of 82,698 at Stadium Australia.[17] 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.[18] 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.[16]

Immediately after the qualification, 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 3–1 win against Liechtenstein, a 1–1 draw against Netherlands, and a 1–0 win at the sold out 100,000 capacity Melbourne Cricket Ground against the then current European Champions Greece.[19]

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 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.[20] Australia met Brazil in their second group game, where 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 it was eliminated from the competition after a 1–0 defeat by the eventual champions Italy. Coach Guus Hiddink officially resigned from his position following the World Cup exit. The success achieved at the 2006 World Cup later saw the team dubbed the 'golden generation' in the history of the Australia national team,[21] as well as being awarded the AFC National Team of the Year.[22]

Recent 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. A ring of satisfying matches in Group A against Oman (1–1 draw), Thailand (4–0 win) and Iraq (3–1 loss) assured 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.[23]

Australia began their 2010 World Cup campaign in the third round of qualification, drawn into a group, composed of Qatar, Iraq and China, in which Australia finished first. Australia eventually saw progression through to the 2010 FIFA World Cup after comfortably wining the fourth round of qualification in a group consisting of Japan, Bahrain, Qatar and Uzbekistan.[24] Australia's qualification was already assured before the final two games, finally topping its group ahead of Japan by 5 points.

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,[25] with SBS (Australia's World Cup broadcaster) chief football analyst Craig Foster calling for his immediate sacking.[26] 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.[27]

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.[28]

In 2012, Australia agreed to compete in the East Asian Cup.[29] Australia traveled 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 in behind Japan, South Korea and China.[30][31]

Australia's 2014 FIFA World Cup qualification began with a series of friendlies against United Arab Emirates (0–0), Germany (1–2 win), New Zealand (3–0 win), Serbia (0–0) and Wales (1–2 win).[32] 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.[33]

Team image

Media coverage

Australian matches have been broadcast by free-to-air network SBS and subscription sports network Fox Sports. The 2006 World Cup qualification game against Uruguay was the highest rating program in SBS history with 3.4 million viewers,[34] while a 2010 World Cup qualification game against Japan set a record for the highest subscription television audience.[35]


Australia's traditional kit is a gold jersey, accompanied by green shorts, the national colours of Australia which are associated with most of the country's national sporting teams. The colour of the socks has altered throughout the 1970s, 1980 and 1990s from white to the same green as the shorts to the same gold colour as the jersey. Their current away kit is a dark blue jersey accompanied by dark blue shorts and socks. Australia's kits have been produced by manufacturers including Umbro, Adidas, KingRoo (from 1990 until 1993), Adidas again (from 1994 until 2003) and recently Nike (since 2004).[36]

Australia's first national kit, worn in 1922, was an exception to the traditional green and gold, where the team wore a sky blue jersey and socks, and white shorts. The look was copied from the Australian national rugby league team's strips of the period.[37] Rather than displaying the logo of Football Federation Australia, Australia's jersey traditionally features the coat of arms of Australia over the left breast. Australia's 1974 FIFA World Cup kits were produced by Adidas as were all other national team kits in the tournament, with Adidas sponsoring the event. Though the kits contained Umbro branding, due to the manufacturer's Australian partnership at the time.[38]

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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.[39] It is commonly used by both the Australian people and the governing body FFA.[40] The nickname represents a cultural propensity for the use of colloquialism's in the country. It also represents the historical Australian-English use of 'soccer'.[41][42]

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 football team.[43]


Australia's long time rivals are Trans-Tasman neighbors New Zealand.[44] 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.[45]

After joining the AFC, Australia began to develop a fierce rivalry with fellow Asian powerhouse Japan.[46] The rivalry began at the 2006 FIFA World Cup where the two countries were grouped together. The rivalry continued with the two countries meeting regularly in various AFC competitions.[47]


The main supporter group of the Australian national team is Terrace Australis.[48] The group was founded by FFA and fans in 2013, during Australia's 2014 FIFA World Cup qualification. Its establishment came in the wake of poor off-field action and minimal community engagement.[49] The birth of Terrace Australis saw the Green and Gold Army (GGA) relinquish its role as a hub for active support, which it had claimed since its establishment in 2001.[50][51]

Home stadium

Australia does not have a national stadium, though major international matches have usually been played at Stadium Australia in Sydney. Other large grounds used in recent years include the Sydney Football Stadium, also in Sydney, Docklands Stadium in Melbourne, and Lang Park in Brisbane. Regular international matches have also been played at the Melbourne Cricket Ground and the Melbourne Rectangular Stadium in Melbourne, Hindmarsh Stadium and Adelaide Oval in Adelaide, Subiaco Oval in Perth and Canberra Stadium in Canberra.

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

Coaching staff

Position Name
Head coach Australia Ange Postecoglou
Assistant coach Australia Robbie Hooker
Goalkeeping coach Australia Tony Franken


For all past and present players who have appeared for the national team, see Australia national team players.

Current squad

The following players were called up for the international friendlies against Canada on 16 October 2013.[52] Caps and goals correct as of 16 October 2013.

0#0 Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
12 1GK Mathew Ryan (1992-04-08) 8 April 1992 (age 22) 3 0 Belgium Club Brugge
18 1GK Mitchell Langerak (1988-08-22) 22 August 1988 (age 25) 2 0 Germany Borussia Dortmund

2 2DF Lucas Neill (1978-03-09) 9 March 1978 (age 36) 95 1 Japan Omiya Ardija
3 2DF David Carney (1983-11-30) 30 November 1983 (age 30) 48 6 United States New York Red Bulls
6 2DF Saša Ognenovski (1979-04-03) 3 April 1979 (age 35) 22 1 Qatar Umm-Salal
13 2DF Rhys Williams (1988-07-14) 14 July 1988 (age 26) 13 0 England Middlesbrough
24 2DF Jason Davidson (1991-06-29) 29 June 1991 (age 23) 3 0 Netherlands Heracles Almelo

15 3MF Mile Jedinak (1984-08-03) 3 August 1984 (age 29) 41 3 England Crystal Palace
16 3MF James Holland (1989-05-15) 15 May 1989 (age 25) 12 0 Austria Austria Wien
17 3MF Matt McKay (1983-01-11) 11 January 1983 (age 31) 44 1 Australia Brisbane Roar
21 3MF Oliver Bozanić (1989-01-08) 8 January 1989 (age 25) 1 0 Switzerland Luzern
22 3MF Jackson Irvine (1993-03-07) 7 March 1993 (age 21) 1 0 Scotland Kilmarnock
23 3MF Mark Bresciano (1980-02-11) 11 February 1980 (age 34) 72 13 Qatar Al-Gharafa
25 3MF Dario Vidošić (1987-04-08) 8 April 1987 (age 27) 19 2 Switzerland Sion

4 4FW Tim Cahill (1979-12-06) 6 December 1979 (age 34) 65 28 United States New York Red Bulls
7 4FW Mathew Leckie (1991-02-04) 4 February 1991 (age 23) 4 1 Germany FSV Frankfurt
9 4FW Joshua Kennedy (1982-08-20) 20 August 1982 (age 31) 32 17 Japan Nagoya Grampus
10 4FW Robbie Kruse (1988-10-05) 5 October 1988 (age 25) 27 3 Germany Bayer Leverkusen
19 4FW Nikita Rukavytsya (1987-06-22) 22 June 1987 (age 27) 13 1 Germany FSV Frankfurt

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 Mark Schwarzer (1972-10-06) 6 October 1972 (age 41) 109 0 England Chelsea v.  Brazil, 7 September 2013
GK Eugene Galeković (1981-06-12) 12 June 1981 (age 33) 8 0 Australia Adelaide United v.  China PR, 27 July 2013
GK Nathan Coe (1984-06-01) 1 June 1984 (age 30) 3 0 Australia Melbourne Victory v.  China PR, 27 July 2013
GK Mark Birighitti (1991-04-17) 17 April 1991 (age 23) 1 0 Australia Newcastle Jets v.  China PR, 27 July 2013
GK Adam Federici (1985-01-31) 31 January 1985 (age 29) 6 0 England Reading v.  Romania, 6 February 2013

DF (1981-10-01) 1 October 1981 (age 32) 79 8 Russia Dynamo Moscow v.  France, 12 October 2013
DF Ryan McGowan (1989-08-15) 15 August 1989 (age 24) 7 0 China Shandong Luneng Taishan v.  Brazil, 7 September 2013
DF Robert Cornthwaite (1985-10-24) 24 October 1985 (age 28) 8 3 South Korea Chunnam Dragons v.  Brazil, 7 September 2013
DF Jade North (1982-01-07) 7 January 1982 (age 32) 41 0 Australia Brisbane Roar v.  China PR, 27 July 2013
DF Michael Thwaite (1983-05-02) 2 May 1983 (age 31) 13 0 Australia Perth Glory v.  China PR, 27 July 2013
DF Ivan Franjić (1987-09-10) 10 September 1987 (age 26) 5 0 Australia Brisbane Roar v.  China PR, 27 July 2013
DF Craig Goodwin (1991-12-16) 16 December 1991 (age 22) 2 0 Australia Newcastle Jets v.  China PR, 27 July 2013
DF Trent Sainsbury (1992-01-05) 5 January 1992 (age 22) 0 0 Australia Central Coast Mariners v.  China PR, 27 July 2013
DF Michael Zullo (1988-09-11) 11 September 1988 (age 25) 10 0 Australia Adelaide United v.  Iraq, 18 June 2013
DF Dino Đulbić (1983-02-16) 16 February 1983 (age 31) 2 0 United Arab Emirates Al-Wahda v.  Oman, 26 March 2013
DF Aziz Behich (1990-12-16) 16 December 1990 (age 23) 5 2 Australia Melbourne Heart v.  Chinese Taipei, 9 December 2012
DF Scott Jamieson (1988-10-13) 13 October 1988 (age 25) 4 0 Australia Perth Glory v.  Chinese Taipei, 9 December 2012
DF Matt Smith (1982-10-14) 14 October 1982 (age 31) 3 0 Australia Brisbane Roar v.  Chinese Taipei, 9 December 2012
DF Michael Marrone (1987-01-27) 27 January 1987 (age 27) 1 1 China Shanghai Shenxin v.  Chinese Taipei, 9 December 2012
DF Matthew Špiranović (1988-06-27) 27 June 1988 (age 26) 16 0 Australia Western Sydney Wanderers v.  South Korea, 14 November 2012

MF (1984-03-27) 27 March 1984 (age 30) 63 9 United Arab Emirates Al-Nasr v.  France, 12 October 2013
MF (1985-08-04) 4 August 1985 (age 28) 25 2 Australia Melbourne Victory v.  France, 12 October 2013
MF (1991-12-10) 10 December 1991 (age 22) 11 1 Netherlands Utrecht v.  France, 12 October 2013
MF Tom Rogić (1992-12-16) 16 December 1992 (age 21) 7 0 Scotland Celtic v.  France, 12 October 2013
MF Mitch Nichols (1989-05-01) 1 May 1989 (age 25) 4 0 Australia Melbourne Victory v.  China PR, 27 July 2013
MF Aaron Mooy (1990-09-15) 15 September 1990 (age 23) 3 3 Australia Western Sydney Wanderers v.  China PR, 27 July 2013
MF Ruben Zadkovich (1986-05-23) 23 May 1986 (age 28) 3 0 Australia Newcastle Jets v.  China PR, 27 July 2013
MF Erik Paartalu (1986-05-03) 3 May 1986 (age 28) 2 0 China Tianjin Teda v.  China PR, 27 July 2013
MF Joshua Brillante (1993-03-25) March 25, 1993 (age 21) 1 0 Australia Newcastle Jets v.  China PR, 27 July 2013
MF Brett Emerton (1979-02-22) 22 February 1979 (age 35) 95 20 Australia Sydney v.  Chinese Taipei, 9 December 2012
MF Richard Garcia (1981-09-04) 4 September 1981 (age 32) 18 2 Australia Melbourne Heart v.  Chinese Taipei, 9 December 2012
MF Terry Antonis (1993-11-26) 26 November 1993 (age 20) 3 0 Australia Sydney v.  Chinese Taipei, 9 December 2012
MF Rostyn Griffiths (1988-03-10) 10 March 1988 (age 26) 0 0 China Guangzhou R&F v.  Chinese Taipei, 9 December 2012
MF Ben Halloran (1992-06-14) 14 June 1992 (age 22) 0 0 Germany Fortuna Düsseldorf v.  Chinese Taipei, 9 December 2012
MF Osama Malik (1990-09-30) 30 September 1990 (age 23) 0 0 Australia Adelaide United v.  Chinese Taipei, 9 December 2012
MF Carl Valeri (1984-08-14) 14 August 1984 (age 29) 50 1 Italy Sassuolo v.  South Korea, 14 November 2012
MF (1988-12-28) 28 December 1988 (age 25) 3 0 Netherlands Utrecht v.  South Korea, 14 November 2012

FW Archie Thompson (1978-10-23) 23 October 1978 (age 35) 54 28 Australia Melbourne Victory v.  Brazil, 7 September 2013
FW Mitchell Duke (1991-01-18) 18 January 1991 (age 23) 4 2 Australia Central Coast Mariners v.  Brazil, 7 September 2013
FW Adam Taggart (1993-06-02) 2 June 1993 (age 21) 4 3 Australia Newcastle Jets v.  China PR, 27 July 2013
FW Tomi Jurić (1991-07-22) 22 July 1991 (age 23) 3 1 Australia Western Sydney Wanderers v.  China PR, 27 July 2013
FW Connor Pain (1993-11-11) 11 November 1993 (age 20) 1 0 Australia Melbourne Victory v.  China PR, 27 July 2013
FW Alex Brosque (1983-10-12) 12 October 1983 (age 30) 21 5 United Arab Emirates Al-Ain v.  Iraq, 18 June 2013
FW Eli Babalj (1992-02-21) 21 February 1992 (age 22) 2 2 Netherlands AZ v.  Chinese Taipei, 9 December 2012

Results and fixtures

For all past match results of the national team, see single-season articles and the team's results page.


Main article: 2012 Australia national football team season


Main article: 2013 Australia national football team season


Main article: Australia national association football team records

Mark Schwarzer holds the record for most Australia appearances with 109. He is the only Australia player to have reached 100 caps. Brett Emerton is second, having played 95 times. Lucas Neill played for Australia 94 times and is the third most capped player.

Damian Mori holds the title of Australia's highest goalscorer, scoring 29 goals between 1992 and 2002, during which time he played for Australia on 45 occasions. Archie Thompson and Tim Cahill are the second highest goalscorers, each with 28 goals.

Australia currently hold the world record for the largest win and the most goals scored by a player in an international match.[53] 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 goals.[53][54] Two days before the 31–0 win, Australia broke the record for largest win with a 22–0 win over Tonga.[55] Both wins surpassed the previous record held by Kuwait who beat Bhutan 20–0 on 14 February 2000.[56] 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,[57] and Iranian Karim Bagheri, who also scored seven goals against Maldives in 1997.[58]

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

FIFA World Cup record FIFA World Cup
Qualification record
Year Result Position Pld W D L GF GA Pld W D L GF GA
Uruguay 1930 Did not participate
Italy 1934
France 1938
Brazil 1950
Switzerland 1954
Sweden 1958
Chile 1962
England 1966 Did not qualify 2 0 0 2 2 9
Mexico 1970 9 3 5 1 12 8
West Germany 1974 Group stage 14th 3 0 1 2 0 5 11 5 5 1 21 10
Argentina 1978 Did not qualify 12 6 2 4 20 11
Spain 1982 8 4 2 2 22 9
Mexico 1986 8 4 3 1 20 4
Italy 1990 6 2 2 2 11 7
United States 1994 10 7 1 2 21 7
France 1998 8 6 2 0 34 5
South Korea Japan 2002 8 7 0 1 73 4
Germany 2006 Round of 16 16th 4 1 1 2 5 6 9 7 1 1 31 5
South Africa 2010 Group stage 21st 3 1 1 1 3 6 14 9 3 2 19 4
Brazil 2014 Qualified 14 8 4 2 25 12
Russia 2018 To be determined
Qatar 2022
Total 4/20 0 Titles 10 2 3 5 8 17 119 68 30 21 311 95

FIFA Confederations Cup

Main article: Australia at the 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 To be determined
Qatar 2021
Total 3/9 0 Titles 13 5 1 7 13 20

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 6/7 4 Titles 28 24 2 2 142 13

AFC Asian Cup

AFC Asian Cup record
Year Result Position Pld W D L GF GA
2007 Quarterfinals 7th 4 1 2 1 7 5
Qatar 2011 Runners-up 2nd 6 4 1 1 13 2
Australia 2015 Qualified
Total 3/3 0 Titles 10 5 3 2 20 7

EAFF East Asian Cup

EAFF East Asian Cup record
Year Result Position Pld W D L GF GA
China 2008 Did not participate
Japan 2010
South Korea 2013 Fourth place 4th 3 0 1 2 5 7
Total 1/3 0 Titles 3 0 1 2 5 7

AFF Championship

AFF South East Asian Championship record
Year Result Position Pld W D L GF GA
SingaporeThailand 2007 Were not full ASEAN members
IndonesiaThailand 2008
IndonesiaVietnam 2010
MalaysiaThailand 2012
SingaporeVietnam 2014 To be determined
Total 0/4 0 Titles 0 0 0 0 0 0


Runners-up (1): 1997
Third Place (1): 2001
Winners (4): 1980, 1996, 2000, 2004
Runners-up (2): 1998, 2002
Runners-up (1): 2011

See also




External links

  • FFA Socceroos website

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