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Australia
Shirt badge/Association crest
Nickname(s) Socceroos
Association Football Federation Australia
Sub-confederation AFF (South-East Asia)
Confederation AFC (Asia)
Head coach Ange Postecoglou
Captain Mile Jedinak
Most caps Mark Schwarzer (109)
Top scorer Tim Cahill (36)
FIFA code AUS
FIFA ranking 102 Decrease 8 (27 November 2014)
Highest FIFA ranking 14 (September 2009)
Lowest FIFA ranking 102 (November 2014)
Elo ranking 47 Decrease 3 (26 October 2014)
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
Website socceroos.com.au

The Australia national soccer team represents Australia in international men's soccer (association football). Officially nicknamed the Socceroos, 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.

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

History[edit]

Early years[edit]

The first Australia national 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] Australia had a rare opportunity to compete on the world's stage during the team's very 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.[6] With the advent of cheap air travel, Australia began to diversify 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 their first World Cup in West Germany, 1974.[7] 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.[7] Over that 32-year period, as well as the eight 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 in 1998 against Iran and 2002 against Uruguay.[7]

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.[8] 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.[9] 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.[10]

"Golden generation"[edit]

In early 2005, it was reported that Football Federation Australia had entered into discussions to join the Asian Football Confederation and end an almost 40-year association with the Oceania Football Confederation.[11] 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.[12] On 13 March, the AFC executive committee made a unanimous decision to invite Australia to join the AFC.[13] After the OFC executive committee unanimously endorsed Australia's proposed move, FIFA approved the move on 30 June 2005.[13] Australia joined Asia, with the move taking effect on 1 January 2006, though until then, Australia had 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] 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]

Australia against Uruguay in Stadium Australia, during the 2006 FIFA World Cup qualifying play-off .

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]

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.[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'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.[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 they were eliminated from the competition after a 1–0 defeat by the eventual champions Italy. The loss marked the official end of Hiddink's tenure as Australia's national coach.[21] The success achieved at the 2006 World Cup later saw the team named AFC National Team of the Year,[22] as well as being dubbed the "golden generation" in the history of the Socceroos.[23]

Recent history[edit]

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.[24]

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.[25] Australia's qualification was already assured before the final two games, finally topping its group ahead of Japan by 5 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,[26] with SBS (Australia's World Cup broadcaster) chief football analyst Craig Foster calling for his immediate sacking.[27] 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.[28]

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.[29]

In 2012, Australia agreed to compete in the East Asian Cup.[30] 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.[31][32]

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).[33] 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.[34]

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 FIFA World Cup qualification campaign resulted in manager Holger Osieck's sacking, bringing his four year tenure as Australia's manager to an end.[35] After a two week search for a new manager, Ange Postecoglou was eventually appointed in the position.[36] In his first game as Australia's manager, a home friendly match against Costa Rica, Australia won 1–0, courtesy of a goal from Joshua Kennedy.[37]

For the 2014 FIFA World Cup, Australia were drawn in Group B alongside reigning Cup holders Spain, 2010 runners-up Netherlands and Chile.[38] Their first match was off to a lacklustre start, having conceded only a goal from Tim Cahill before losing to South America's 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 defeat to former world champions Spain, 3–0.

In their first international match since the World Cup, Australia played World Cup quarter-finalists Belgium in Liège, with Australia going down 2–0. 4 days later, Australia achieved their first international win in 10 months, and just their second win under Ange Postecoglou, with a 2–0 victory of Saudi Arabia in London.

Team image[edit]

Media coverage[edit]

Australian matches have been broadcast by free-to-air network SBS and subscription sports network Fox Sports, with the national team having set multiple ratings records for both television networks. 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,[39] 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.[40]

Colours[edit]

Australia's first national kit, 1922

Australia's traditional kit is a yellow 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 2004) and recently Nike (since 2004).[41]

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 first national kit, worn in 1922, was an exception to the traditional green and gold, where the team wore a sky blue jersey with white shorts and sky blue socks with maroon cuffs. The look was copied from the Australian national rugby league team's strips of the period.[42] The team first wore the traditional green and gold colours in 1924.[43] 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.[44] 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.[45] In the lead up to the 2014 FIFA 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.[46]

Nickname[edit]

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.[47] It is commonly used by both the Australian people and the governing body, the FFA.[48] 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.[49][50]

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.[51]

Rivalries[edit]

Australia against Japan in Fritz-Walter-Stadion, at the 2006 FIFA World Cup.

Australia's long time rivals are trans-Tasman neighbors New Zealand.[52] 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.[53]

After joining the AFC, Australia began to develop a fierce rivalry with fellow Asian powerhouse Japan.[54] 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.[55]

Supporters[edit]

The main supporter group of the Australian national team is Terrace Australis.[56] The group was founded by the 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.[57] 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.[58][59]

Home stadium[edit]

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, 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.[60] 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.

Australia has also played several "home" games in recent years at Craven Cottage in Fulham (Fulham Football Club's home ground), and Loftus Road, Shepherd's Bush (Queen's 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.

Coaching staff[edit]

Position Name
Head coach Australia Ange Postecoglou
Assistant coach Australia Ante Miličić
Assistant coach Australia Aurelio Vidmar
Goalkeeping coach Australia Tony Franken

Players[edit]

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

Current squad[edit]

The following players were called up for the friendly matches against Japan on the 18th of November 2014.[61]
Caps and goals correct as of 18 November 2014.

0#0 Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
1 1GK Mathew Ryan (1992-04-08) 8 April 1992 (age 22) 13 0 Belgium Club Brugge
12 1GK Mitchell Langerak (1988-08-22) 22 August 1988 (age 26) 5 0 Germany Borussia Dortmund
2 2DF Ivan Franjic (1987-09-10) 10 September 1987 (age 27) 12 0 Russia Torpedo Moscow
3 2DF Jason Davidson (1991-06-29) 29 June 1991 (age 23) 13 0 England West Bromwich Albion
6 2DF Nikolai Topor-Stanley (1985-05-11) 11 May 1985 (age 29) 4 0 Australia Western Sydney Wanderers
13 2DF Aziz Behich (1990-12-16) 16 December 1990 (age 23) 7 2 Turkey Bursaspor
20 2DF Trent Sainsbury (1992-01-05) 5 January 1992 (age 22) 4 0 Netherlands Zwolle
22 2DF Alex Wilkinson (1984-08-13) 13 August 1984 (age 30) 11 0 South Korea Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors
25 2DF Chris Herd (1989-04-04) 4 April 1989 (age 25) 3 0 England Aston Villa
5 3MF Mile Jedinak (Captain) (1984-08-03) 3 August 1984 (age 30) 52 6 England Crystal Palace
8 3MF Joshua Brillante (1993-03-25) 25 March 1993 (age 21) 5 0 Italy Fiorentina
9 3MF Mitch Nichols (1989-05-01) 1 May 1989 (age 25) 5 0 Australia Perth Glory
14 3MF James Troisi (1988-07-03) 3 July 1988 (age 26) 16 1 Belgium Zulte Waregem
16 3MF James Holland (1989-05-15) 15 May 1989 (age 25) 15 0 Austria Austria Wien
17 3MF Matt McKay (1983-01-11) 11 January 1983 (age 31) 50 1 Australia Brisbane Roar
19 3MF Oliver Bozanic (1989-01-08) 8 January 1989 (age 25) 5 0 Switzerland Luzern
21 3MF Massimo Luongo (1992-09-25) 25 September 1992 (age 22) 5 0 England Swindon Town
23 3MF Mark Bresciano (Vice-Captain) (1980-02-11) 11 February 1980 (age 34) 81 13 Qatar Al-Gharafa
24 3MF Aaron Mooy (1990-09-15) 15 September 1990 (age 24) 4 3 Australia Melbourne City
4 4FW Tim Cahill (Vice-Captain) (1979-12-06) 6 December 1979 (age 34) 76 36 United States New York Red Bulls
7 4FW Mathew Leckie (1991-02-04) 4 February 1991 (age 23) 16 1 Germany Ingolstadt 04
10 4FW Robbie Kruse (1988-10-05) 5 October 1988 (age 26) 32 3 Germany Bayer Leverkusen

Recent call-ups[edit]

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 Adam Federici (1985-01-31) 31 January 1985 (age 29) 8 0 England Reading v.  Qatar, 14 October 2014
GK Eugene Galekovic (1981-06-12) 12 June 1981 (age 33) 8 0 Australia Adelaide United 2014 FIFA World Cup
GK Mark Birighitti (1991-04-17) 17 April 1991 (age 23) 1 0 Australia Newcastle Jets 2014 FIFA World Cup preliminary squad
GK Brad Jones (1982-03-19) 19 March 1982 (age 32) 4 0 England Liverpool v.  Ecuador, 5 March 2014
DF Brad Smith (1994-04-09) 9 April 1994 (age 20) 4 0 England Liverpool v.  Qatar, 14 September 2014
DF Bailey Wright (1992-07-28) 28 July 1992 (age 22) 1 1 England Preston North End v.  Saudi Arabia, 8 September 2014
DF Matthew Spiranovic (1988-06-27) 27 June 1988 (age 26) 21 0 Australia Western Sydney Wanderers 2014 FIFA World Cup
DF Ryan McGowan (1989-08-15) 15 August 1989 (age 25) 12 0 China Shandong Luneng Taishan 2014 FIFA World Cup
DF Luke Wilkshire (1981-10-01) 1 October 1981 (age 33) 80 8 Netherlands Feyenoord 2014 FIFA World Cup preliminary squad
DF Curtis Good Injured (1993-03-23) 23 March 1993 (age 21) 1 0 England Newcastle United 2014 FIFA World Cup preliminary squad
MF Mark Milligan Injured (1985-08-04) 4 August 1985 (age 29) 33 2 Australia Melbourne Victory v.  Japan, 18 November 2014
MF Terry Antonis (1993-11-26) 26 November 1993 (age 21) 3 0 Australia Sydney FC v.  Japan, 18 November 2014
MF Tommy Oar (1991-12-10) 10 December 1991 (age 22) 21 1 Netherlands Utrecht v.  Qatar, 14 October 2014
MF Carl Valeri (1984-08-14) 14 August 1984 (age 30) 52 1 Australia Melbourne Victory v.  Saudi Arabia, 8 September 2014
MF Ben Halloran (1992-06-14) 14 June 1992 (age 22) 6 0 Germany Fortuna Düsseldorf v.  Saudi Arabia, 8 September 2014
MF Dario Vidošić (1987-04-08) 8 April 1987 (age 27) 23 2 Switzerland Sion 2014 FIFA World Cup
MF Tom Rogić Injured (1992-12-16) 16 December 1992 (age 21) 9 0 Scotland Celtic 2014 FIFA World Cup preliminary squad
MF Adam Sarota (1988-12-28) 28 December 1988 (age 25) 3 0 Australia Brisbane Roar 2014 FIFA World Cup preliminary squad
FW Tomi Juric (1991-07-22) 22 July 1991 (age 23) 5 1 Australia Western Sydney Wanderers v.  Qatar, 14 October 2014
FW Bernie Ibini-Isei (1992-09-12) 12 September 1992 (age 22) 2 0 Australia Sydney FC v.  Qatar, 14 October 2014
FW Adam Taggart Injured (1993-06-02) 2 June 1993 (age 21) 7 3 England Fulham 2014 FIFA World Cup
FW Joshua Kennedy (1982-08-20) 20 August 1982 (age 32) 36 17 Australia Melbourne City FC 2014 FIFA World Cup preliminary squad

Notes:

  • Injured Injured or recovering from surgery
  • RET Retired from the national team

Results and fixtures[edit]

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

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

Records[edit]

Mark Schwarzer holds the record for most Australia appearances with 109. He is the only Australia player to have reached 100 caps. Lucas Neill and Brett Emerton are tied second, having played 96 times. Alex Tobin played for Australia 92 times and is the fourth most capped player.[62]

Tim Cahill holds the title of Australia's highest goalscorer. Cahill has also scored a record 35 goals since his first appearance for Australia in March 2004; during which time he has played for Australia on 71 occasions. Damian Mori (29 goals) and Archie Thompson (28 goals) complete the top three.[63]

Australia currently hold the world record for the largest win and the most goals scored by a player in an international match.[64] 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.[64][65] Two days before the 31–0 win, Australia broke the record for largest win with a 22–0 win over Tonga.[66] Both wins surpassed the previous record held by Kuwait who beat Bhutan 20–0 on 14 February 2000.[67] 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,[68] and Iranian Karim Bagheri, who also scored seven goals against Maldives in 1997.[69]

Competitive record[edit]

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

FIFA World Cup[edit]

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 Group stage 30th 3 0 0 3 3 9 14 8 4 2 25 12
Russia 2018 To be determined
Qatar 2022
Total Round of 16 4/20 13 2 3 8 11 26 119 68 30 21 311 95

FIFA Confederations Cup[edit]

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 Runners-up 3/9 13 5 1 7 13 20

Summer Olympics[edit]

Summer Olympics record
Year Result Position Pld W D L GF GA
19001952 Did not participate
Australia 1956 Quarter-final 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-final 7th 4 2 0 2 2 6
1992–present See Australia national under-23 team
Total Quarter-final 2/19 6 1 0 3 6 10

OFC Nations Cup[edit]

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

AFC Asian Cup[edit]

AFC Asian Cup record
Year Result Position Pld W D L GF GA
2007 Quarter-final 7th 4 1 2 1 7 5
Qatar 2011 Runners-up 2nd 6 4 1 1 13 2
Australia 2015 Qualified
Total Runners-up 3/15 10 5 3 2 20 7

EAFF East Asian Cup[edit]

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 Fourth place 1/3 3 0 1 2 5 7

AFF Championship[edit]

AFF South East Asian Championship record
Year Result Position Pld W D L GF GA
Singapore Thailand 2007 Were not full ASEAN members
Indonesia Thailand 2008
Indonesia Vietnam 2010
Malaysia Thailand 2012
Singapore Vietnam 2014 Did not participate
Burma Philippines 2016
Total 0/4 0 0 0 0 0 0

Honours[edit]

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[edit]

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