Australia is the 31st team to secure the place in Russia FIFA World Cup 2018. The history of FIFA World Cup has recorded a total of four appearances for Australia. The official FIFA ranking for Australia is 39. The association of Football in Australia was formed in 1961 and the current President of Football Federation Australia Limited is Mr. Steven Lowy. The first official FIFA World Cup appearance of Australia was in 1974 and after that Australia has made a very hard journey for qualifying in the tournament of World Cup and since 2006 Australia has managed to qualify for FIFA World Cup and has also qualified for FIFA World Cup 2018. The best performance of Australia was being qualified for the round of sixteen in FIFA World Cup 2006 hosted by Germany where they were defeated against Italy.
World Cup Qualifier Asia
All the 46 members of the association will take part in the competition that takes places in four rounds. For FIFA World Cup 2018 four teams will qualify from Asia and the team that finishes fifth goes for the intercontinental playoffs. In the round, two forty remaining teams are divided into eight different groups and the winner of each group along with the best four runner-ups will advance to the third round of the qualifier. Twelve teams on round three are divided into two groups each containing 6 teams where the teams on each group will play one another in a home and away round robin pattern and the winners of each group and runners-ups qualifies for the FIFA World Cup 2018. Two teams that finish third place in each group advance to round four and the winner from round four reaches to the intercontinental playoffs.
Australia managed to win seven games in their qualifier round and lost against Jordan but they ended up staying at the top of the qualifier table and qualified for FIFA World Cup 2018 to Russia.
FIFA World Cup 2018 Group C
The Fixtures for Australia in Group Stage are:
- France — Australia ( Saturday, 16 June)
- Denmark — Australia ( Thursday, 21 June)
- Australia — Peru (Tuesday, 26 June)
Player to watch:
Tim Cahill Robbie Kruse Mile Jedinak
Coach: Sin Confirmar
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