Australia national association football team
|Association||Football Federation Australia|
|Head coach||Holger Osieck|
|Most caps||Mark Schwarzer (105)|
|Top scorer||Damian Mori (29)|
|Home stadium||Stadium Australia|
|Highest FIFA ranking||14 (September 2009)|
|Lowest FIFA ranking||92 (June 2000)|
|Highest Elo ranking||9 (November 2001)|
|Lowest Elo ranking||75 (November 1965)|
| New Zealand 3–1 Australia
(Dunedin, New Zealand; 17 June 1922)
| Australia 31–0 American Samoa
(Coffs Harbour, Australia; 11 April 2001)
(World Record for international matches)
| Australia 0–8 South Africa
(Adelaide, Australia; 17 September 1955)
|Appearances||3 (First in 1974)|
|Best result||Round of 16, 2006|
|Appearances||2 (First in 2007)|
|Best result||Runners-up, 2011|
|OFC Nations Cup|
|Appearances||6 (First in 1980)|
|Best result||Champions, 1980, 1996,
|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 AFC and also an invitee member of the AFF since leaving the OFC in 2006. The teams official nickname is the Socceroos.
Early years 
The first Australian national team was constituted in 1922 for a tour of New Zealand. During the tour, Australia suffered two defeats and scraped a draw. Australia, New Zealand, Republic of China and South Africa became regular opponents in exhibition matches for the next 25 years. With the advent of cheap air travel, Australia diversified its range of opponents. However, its geographical isolation continued to play a role in its destiny for the next 80 years.
The Australian national team first played at a World Cup in West Germany, 1974 after having missed out in play-offs in 1966 and 1970, losing to North Korea and Israel respectively. 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 until 2006. Over that 32 year time span, as well as the 8 years prior, the Australian team was known for its near misses in its attempts to qualify for the FIFA 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.
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 Argentina 4–1 in the Bicentennial Gold Cup. In 1997, Australia drew with 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. In 2001, after a victory against France in the group stage, Australia finished the 2001 FIFA Confederations Cup in 3rd place after defeating Brazil 1–0 in the third-place decider. Australia also drew with France 1–1 in Melbourne in November 2001, and won 3–1 against England in an international friendly in London in 2003.
Golden era 
In early 2005, it was thought that FFA had entered into discussions with AFC for Australia to join Asia and leave Oceania. 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 OFC. On 13 March, AFC executive committee made a unanimous decision to invite Australia to join the AFC. After OFC executive committee unanimously endorsed Australia's proposed move, FIFA approved the move on 30 June 2005. 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.
After a successful campaign, the team took the first steps towards qualification for the 2006 FIFA World Cup. 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. 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 (Australias' biggest high-profile win: 5–0), 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.
The second leg of the qualifying play-off was played in front of a crowd of 82,698 at Stadium Australia. 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. 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.
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.
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, which was never before done in a World Cup match. 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 proceeded to the knockout stage where, Australia was eliminated from the competition after a 1–0 defeated by Italy. Coach Guus Hiddink officially resigned from his position following the World Cup exit.
Recent success 
In 2007, led by coach Graham Arnold, Australia went to their first Asian Cup sending a strong squad which included 15 players from the World Cup team. A ring of satisfying matches in the 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.
Australia began their 2010 World Cup campaign in the third round of qualification, drawn into a group, composed of Qatar, Iraq and China, to which Australia finished first in. 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. 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 of the 2010 FIFA World Cup, featuring 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, with SBS (Australia's World Cup broadcaster) chief football analyst Craig Foster calling for his immediate sacking. 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.
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.
In 2012, Australia agreed to compete in the EAFF East Asian Cup. 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 in-experienced squad, Australia was successful, finishing ahead of Hong Kong, North Korea, Guam and Chinese Taipei, and progressing to the 2013 East Asian Cup.
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). Australia's World Cup campaign started in the third round of qualification, with Australia topping their group to progress to the fourth round.
Team image 
Media coverage 
Australian matches have been broadcasted 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, while a 2010 World Cup qualification game against Japan set a record for the highest subscription television audience.
Australia has a history of wearing the colours green and gold, which is associated with all of the country's sporting national teams. In 2004, Australia agreed a 20 year partnership with American manufacturer Nike to provide the national teams kit. In past years Australia's kits were manufacturer by Adidas.
Australia's nickname the Socceroos was coined in 1967 by Sydney journalist Tony Horstead in his coverage of the team on a goodwill tour to South Vietnam. The nickname is commonly used by both the Australian people and the Australian governing body of football: FFA.
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.
The rivalry between the Socceroos (Australia) and the All Whites (New Zealand) is part of a wider friendly rivalry between the geographical neighbors 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 where 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 regular. Although the rivalry between the two teams is still strong, with the occasional match receiving much media and public attentions.
Coaching staff 
|Head coach||Holger Osieck|
|Assistant coach||Aurelio Vidmar|
|Assistant coach||Robbie Hooker|
|Goalkeeping coach||Tony Franken|
Current squad 
- As of 23 May 2013 
Recent call-ups 
The following players have also been called up to the Australia squad within the last twelve months.
- Caps and goals as of 6 February 2013.
Results and fixtures 
|1 29 February 2012||Australia||4 – 2||Saudi Arabia||Melbourne, Australia|
|17:30 UTC+8||Brosque 43', 75'
|Stadium: AAMI Park
Referee: Dong-Jin Kim (South Korea)
|2 2 June 2012||Denmark||2 – 0||Australia||Copenhagen, Denmark|
|23:00 UTC+8||Agger 31' (pen.)
|Stadium: Parken Stadium
Referee: Antonio Damato (Italy)
|3 8 June 2012||Oman||0 – 0||Australia||Muscat, Oman|
|Stadium: Sultan Qaboos Sports Complex
Referee: Alireza Faghani (Iran)
|4 12 June 2012||Australia||1 – 1||Japan||Brisbane, Australia|
|18:00 UTC+8||Milligan 25', 55'
Wilkshire 69' (pen.)
Kurihara 23', 89'
|Stadium: Suncorp Stadium
Referee: Khalil Al Ghamdi (Saudi Arabia)
|5 16 August 2012||Scotland||3 – 1||Australia||Edinburgh, Scotland|
|03:00 UTC+8||Rhodes 29'
Davidson 63' (o.g.)
|Summary||Bresciano 18'||Stadium: Easter Road
Referee: Tom Hagen (Norway)
|6 7 September 2012||Lebanon||0 – 3||Australia||Sidon, Lebanon|
|01:30 UTC+8||Summary||Cahill 20'
|Stadium: Saida International Stadium
Referee: Konstantinos Nikolaidis (Greece)
|7 12 September 2012||Jordan||2 – 1||Australia||Amman, Jordan|
|00:00 UTC+8||Abdel-Fattah 50' (pen.)
|Report||Thompson 85'||Stadium: Amman International Stadium
Referee: Abdullah Balideh (Qatar)
|8 16 October 2012||Iraq||1 - 2||Australia||Doha, Qatar|
|22:15 UTC+8||Abdul-Zahra 72'||Report||Cahill 80'
|Stadium: Grand Hamad Stadium
Referee: Lee Min-Hu (Korea Republic)
|9 14 November 2012||South Korea||1 - 2||Australia||Hwaseong, South Korea|
|18:00 UTC+8||Lee Dong-Gook 12'||Summary||Rukavytsya 44'
|Stadium: Hwaseong Stadium
Referee: Wang Zhe (China)
|10 3 December 2012||Hong Kong||0 - 1||Australia||Hong Kong|
|20:30 UTC+8||Lam Hok Hei 88', 90'||Report||Emerton 85'||Stadium: Mong Kok Stadium
Referee: Jumpei Iida (Japan)
|11 5 December 2012||North Korea||1 - 1||Australia||Hong Kong|
|20:30 UTC+8||Yong-Hak 64'||Report||Thompson 4'||Stadium: Hong Kong Stadium
Referee: Mongkolchai Pechsri (Thailand)
|12 7 December 2012||Guam||0 - 9||Australia||Hong Kong|
|17:50 UTC+8||Report||Mooy 12'
Babalj 20', 56'
Thompson 59', 63', 65' (pen.)
|Stadium: Hong Kong Stadium
Referee: Wang Zhe (China PR)
|13 9 December 2012||Australia||8 - 0||Chinese Taipei||Hong Kong|
|17:00 UTC+8||Garcia 11'
Taggart 20', 29'
Behich 34', 57'
Yang Chao-hsun 82' (o.g.)
|Report||Stadium: Hong Kong Stadium
Referee: Kim Dae-Yong (Korea Republic)
|1 6 February 2013||Australia||2 – 3||Romania||Marbella, Spain|
|Wilkshire 44' (pen.)
|Stadium: Estadio Municipal de Marbella
|2 26 March 2013||Australia||2 – 2||Oman||Sydney, Australia|
Jedinak 48' (o.g.)
|Stadium: Stadium Australia
|3 4 June 2013||Japan||v||Australia||Saitama, Japan|
|Report||Stadium: Saitama Stadium
|4 11 June 2013||Australia||v||Jordan||Melbourne, Australia|
|Report||Stadium: Docklands Stadium
|5 18 June 2013||Australia||v||Iraq||Sydney, Australia|
|22:15 UTC+8||Report||Stadium: Stadium Australia
|6 20 July 2013||South Korea||v||Australia||Seoul, South Korea|
|Stadium: Olympic Stadium
|7 25 July 2013||Japan||v||Australia||Hwaseong, South Korea|
|Stadium: Hwaseong Stadium
|8 28 July 2013||Australia||v||China PR||Seoul, South Korea|
|Stadium: Olympic Stadium
|9 14 August 2013||Australia||v||TBC||TBC|
Mark Schwarzer holds the record for most Australia appearances. He is the only Australia player to have reached 100 caps. Brett Emerton is second, having played 95 times. Lucas Neill played for Australia 85 times and is the third most capped player.
Damian Mori holds the title of Australia's highest goalscorer, scoring 30 goals between 1992 and 2002, during which time he played for Australia on 45 occasions. Archie Thompson is the second highest goalscorer with 28 goals, and Tim Cahill is the third highest goalscorer with 27 goals. Other notable strikers include, John Aloisi, John Kosmina, Attila Abonyi, David Zdrilic, Brett Emerton, Graham Arnold and Ray Baartz.
Australia currently hold the world record for the largest win and the most goals scored by a player in an international match. Both records were recorded 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. Two days before the 31–0 win, Australia broke the record for largest win with a 22–0 win over Tonga. Both wins surpassed the previous record held by Kuwait who beat Bhutan 20–0 on 14 February 2000. 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, and Iranian Karim Bagheri, who also scored seven goals against Maldives in 1997.
Competitive record 
- For single-match results of the national team, see single-season articles and the team's results page.
FIFA World Cup 
|FIFA World Cup record||FIFA World Cup
|1930||Did not participate||–||–||–||–||–||–|
|1966||Did not qualify||2||0||0||2||2||9|
|1978||Did not qualify||12||6||2||4||20||11|
|2006||Round of 16||16th||4||1||1||2||5||6||9||7||1||1||31||5|
|2014||To be determined||11||6||3||2||19||11|
FIFA Confederations Cup 
|FIFA Confederations Cup record|
|1992||No OFC representative invited|
|1999||Did not qualify|
|2003||Did not qualify|
|2009||Did not qualify|
|2017||To be determined|
OFC Nations Cup 
|OFC Nations Cup record|
|1973||Did not participate|
AFC Asian Cup 
|AFC Asian Cup record|
|2015||To be determined|
EAFF East Asian Cup 
|EAFF East Asian Cup record|
|2008||Did not participate|
|2013||To be determined|
- Winners (4): 1980, 1996, 2000, 2004
- Runners-up (2): 1998, 2002
- Appearances (6): 1998, 2002, 1980, 1996, 2000, 2004
- Winners (0):
- Runners-up (0):
- Appearances (1): 2013
See also 
FIFA World Cup
FIFA Confederations Cup
AFC Asian Cup
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