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Australia
Shirt badge/Association crest
Nickname(s)Socceroos
AssociationFootball Australia
ConfederationAFC (Asia; 2006–present)
OFC (Oceania; 1966–2006)
Sub-confederationAFF (Southeast Asia)
Head coachGraham Arnold
CaptainMathew Ryan
Most capsMark Schwarzer (109)
Top scorerTim Cahill (50)
Home stadiumVarious
FIFA codeAUS
First colours
Second colours
FIFA ranking
Current 23 Increase 1 (20 June 2024)[1]
Highest14 (September 2009)
Lowest102 (November 2014)
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 senior international matches)[2]
Biggest defeat
 Australia 0–8 South Africa 
(Adelaide, Australia; 17 September 1955)
World Cup
Appearances6 (first in 1974)
Best resultRound of 16 (2006, 2022)
Asian Cup
Appearances5 (first in 2007)
Best resultChampions (2015)
OFC Nations Cup
Appearances6 (first in 1980)
Best resultChampions (1980,
1996, 2000, 2004)
FIFA Confederations Cup
Appearances4 (first in 1997)
Best resultRunners-up (1997)
Websitesocceroos.com.au

The Australia men's national soccer team represents Australia in international men's soccer. Officially nicknamed the Socceroos, the team is controlled by the governing body for soccer in Australia, Football Australia, which is affiliated with the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) and the regional ASEAN Football Federation (AFF).

The team played its first match in 1922 and originally participated in the Oceania Football Confederation (OFC). In this confederation, Australia won the OFC Nations Cup four times between 1980 and 2004, and dominated many World Cup qualification campaigns during earlier rounds. The team won 31–0 against American Samoa in World Cup qualification, achieving the world record for the largest victory in a senior international match. Despite this, the team only managed to qualify for the FIFA World Cup twice in 11 attempts while in this confederation. The team moved to the AFC in 2006, winning the AFC Asian Cup once in 2015 and finishing runners-up in 2011. By winning this competition, Australia became the only team in the world to have won two different confederation cups.[5] Since moving confederations, the team has also qualified for the World Cup in every attempt, qualifying an additional four times for an overall six qualifications. Australia has made appearances in the World Cup knockout stages twice, having progressed to this stage in 2006 and 2022.

The team additionally represented Australia at the now-defunct FIFA Confederations Cup four times, winning a silver and bronze medal in 1997 and 2001 respectively. Mark Schwarzer has the most caps for Australia, with 109 to his name, while Tim Cahill has the most goals scored, with 50. Australia initially developed a rivalry with New Zealand and a rivalry with Uruguay, and, after joining the AFC, has developed a rivalry with South Korea and a rivalry with Japan.

History[edit]

Early years[edit]

The first Australia soccer team (wearing light blue shirts) of 1922

The first Australia national team was constituted in 1922 for a tour of New Zealand,[6] which included two defeats and a draw. For the next 36 years, Australia, New Zealand and South Africa became regular opponents in tour (exhibition) matches.[7] During that period, Australia also competed against Canada and India during their tours of Australia in 1924 and 1938 respectively.[8][9] Australia recorded their worst ever defeat on 30 June 1951 as they lost 17–0 in a match to a touring England side.[10] Australia had a rare opportunity to compete on the world's stage during the team's 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.[11] With the advent of cheap air travel, Australia began to diversify its range of opponents.[7] However, its geographical isolation continued to play a role in its destiny for the next 30 years.[7] Australia won the 1967 South Vietnam Independence Cup against seven other nations, but this gained little recognition domestically.[12]

After failing to qualify for the FIFA World Cup in 1966 and 1970, losing in play-offs to North Korea and Israel respectively, Australia finally appeared at their first World Cup in West Germany, 1974.[13] 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.[13] Over a 40-year period, 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, 1998 to Iran and 2002 to Uruguay.

First successes and "golden generation"[edit]

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.[14][15] 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.[16] 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.[17] Australia defeated England 3–1 at West Ham United's Boleyn Ground in 2003 as Wayne Rooney made his international debut.[18]

In early 2005, it was reported that Football Australia had entered into discussions to join the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) and end an almost 40-year association with the Oceania Football Confederation (OFC).[19] 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.[20] On 13 March, the AFC executive committee made a unanimous decision to invite Australia to join the AFC.[21] After the OFC executive committee unanimously endorsed Australia's proposed move, FIFA approved the move on 30 June 2005.[21] Australia joined Asia, with the move taking effect on 1 January 2006, though until then, Australia had to compete for a 2006 World Cup position as an OFC member country.[21]

After a successful campaign, the team took the first steps towards qualification for the 2006 World Cup.[22] 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.[22] 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 5–0 friendly win against Jamaica,[23] 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.[24]

Australia playing Uruguay at Stadium Australia to determine the last qualifying spots for the 2006 World Cup.

The second leg of the qualifying play-off was played in front of a crowd of 82,698 at Stadium Australia.[25] 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.[26] 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.[24]

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[27] 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 and it was also the first victory of an Oceania team in World Cups, 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.[28] Australia met Brazil in their second group game, which 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 round of 16, where they were eliminated from the competition after a 1–0 defeat by the eventual champions Italy after conceding a controversial penalty in the 93rd minute.[29][30] The loss marked the official end of Hiddink's tenure as Australia's national coach.[31] The success achieved at the 2006 World Cup later saw the team named AFC National Team of the Year,[32] as well as being dubbed the "golden generation" in the history of the Socceroos.[33]

Later success[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. In Group A they played against Oman (1–1 draw), Thailand (4–0 win) and eventual champions Iraq (3–1 loss), assuring 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.[34]

Australia began their 2010 World Cup campaign in the third round of qualification, drawn into a group, composed of Qatar, Iraq and China PR, in which Australia finished first. Australia eventually saw progression through to the 2010 World Cup after comfortably winning the fourth round of qualification in a group consisting of Japan, Bahrain, Qatar and Uzbekistan.[35] Australia's qualification was already assured before the final two games, finally topping its group ahead of Japan by five points.

Australia against Germany in Moses Mabhida Stadium, at the 2010 FIFA World Cup.

Australia was 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,[36] with SBS (Australia's World Cup broadcaster) chief soccer analyst Craig Foster calling for his immediate sacking.[37] 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 the 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.[38]

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.[39]

In 2012, Australia agreed to compete in the East Asian Cup.[40] 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 PR.[41][42] On 26 August 2013, Australia became full members of the ASEAN Football Federation[43] but as part of their entrance agreement with the sub-confederation, their national team is barred from participating in the AFF Championship due to their perceived wide gap in playing standards between Australia and the rest of the region.[44]

Australia against Chile in Arena Pantanal, Cuiabá, at the 2014 FIFA World Cup.

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).[45] 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.[46]

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 World Cup qualification campaign resulted in manager Holger Osieck's sacking, bringing his four-year tenure as Australia's manager to an end.[47]

New generation: the 2015 Asian Cup triumph[edit]

After a two-week search for a new manager, Ange Postecoglou was eventually appointed in the position.[48] Postecoglou was tasked with regenerating the Australian national team, which was deemed to have been too reliant on members of their Golden Generation of 2006, subsequently leading to a stagnation of results, culminating in successive 6–0 defeats to Brazil and France.[49] In his first game as Australia's manager, a home friendly match against Costa Rica, Australia won 1–0 courtesy of a goal from Tim Cahill.[50]

For the 2014 World Cup, Australia were drawn in Group B alongside reigning Cup holders Spain, 2010 runners-up Netherlands and Chile.[51] Their first match was off to a lacklustre start, having conceded two goals in the opening 15 minutes from Alexis Sánchez and Jorge Valdivia. Despite a goal from Tim Cahill that inspired a late resurgence from Postecoglou's team, they ultimately lost to 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. In the end, Australia finished Group B with a third, consecutive defeat to world champions Spain, 3–0. Australia's competitive World Cup performances in a difficult group lead to believe that a new Golden Generation was about to begin.[52][53]

In their first international match proceeding the World Cup, Australia played World Cup quarter-finalists Belgium in Liège, with Australia going down 2–0. Four days later, Australia achieved their first international win in ten months, and just their second win under Ange Postecoglou, with a 3–2 victory over Saudi Arabia in London. After drawing against the United Arab Emirates, and suffering successive losses against Qatar and Japan, combined with previous poor results earlier in the year, Australia slipped to 94 and 102 in the FIFA World Rankings, their lowest ever ranking.[54]

Australia match against Kuwait in 2015 AFC Asian Cup opening match

The new year saw Australia host the 2015 AFC Asian Cup, with the team making their third consecutive appearance in the tournament. Australia won their first two group matches against Kuwait and Oman comfortably, with scorelines of 4–1 and 4–0 respectively. This guaranteed their qualification for the knockout stage, despite losing their final group match against South Korea in Brisbane 1–0.[55] They faced China PR in the quarter-finals and won 2–0, courtesy of a second-half brace from Tim Cahill. In the semi-finals, Australia won 2–0 over the United Arab Emirates and advanced to the final for the second time in a row. They faced South Korea in the final on 31 January at Stadium Australia, winning 2–1 after extra time to claim their first Asian title and qualify for the 2017 FIFA Confederations Cup.[56][57]

After Australia qualified for the 2018 FIFA World Cup, Ange Postecoglou resigned from his position as coach;[58] and former manager of the Netherlands national team, Bert van Marwijk, was subsequently appointed as his replacement.[59][60][61] On 8 March 2018, after van Marwijk's first squad announcement, the FFA announced that Graham Arnold will take the coaching role from after the 2018 FIFA World Cup until the 2022 FIFA World Cup.[62]

With van Marwijk, Australia was grouped with Denmark, France and Peru. The first match of Australia against eventual world champions France was praised by a valiant effort, in which Australia only lost 1–2 by a virtual own goal from Aziz Behich.[63] After the defeat to France, Australia produced another outstanding performance, drawing Denmark 1–1.[64] However, in the crucial match against already eliminated Peru, Australia lost 0–2 and crashed out from the World Cup with only a point, became the only team from the AFC to be winless in the 2018 FIFA World Cup.[65] Subsequently, van Marwijk left his post and Arnold came to replace him as the new coach of the Socceroos.

Under Graham Arnold, Australia started their 2019 AFC Asian Cup in hope of defending the title, being grouped with Jordan, Syria and Palestine, but their hope was shattered by a shocking 0–1 defeat to Jordan.[66] Australia soon returned to the race by beating Palestine 3–0[67] before winning an important encounter with a hard-fought 3–2 win over Syria,[68] eliminating both Palestine and Syria in the process. The win gave Australia to qualify for the round of sixteen, where they overcame Uzbekistan after winning on penalties 4–2, having drawn 0–0 for 120 minutes.[69] In the quarter-finals, however, in the Hazza bin Zayed Stadium, the place where Australia had lost their opening match against Jordan, Australia once again failed to register any win in the same ground, losing to the host United Arab Emirates 0–1 due to a mistake from Miloš Degenek, eventually failing to defend the title.[70]

2022 World Cup resurgence[edit]

Australia took part in the 2022 FIFA World Cup qualification, which they entered in the second round, in which they faced Kuwait, Jordan, Nepal and Chinese Taipei.[71] Australia dominated the group with eight wins out of eight to reach the third round, where it faced Saudi Arabia, Japan, China, Oman and Vietnam.[72] After a good start with three straight wins over China, Vietnam and Oman, Australia then won only one game, against Vietnam, in their final seven games, being held thrice and losing thrice, finishing third in the group. It then had to rely on fourth round playoffs.[73] Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, all of Australia's playoffs were centralised in Doha. The Socceroos began their quest with a 2–1 win over the United Arab Emirates, to face fifth place CONMEBOL qualification finisher Peru, a rematch of the 2018 FIFA World Cup.[74] This time around, Australia held Peru goalless, before winning on penalties to make it to the 2022 FIFA World Cup. Australia was drawn in group D along with world champions France, Denmark and Tunisia.[75] Australia's qualification also meant that the Asian confederation had the largest number of teams in their World Cup history, with six countries qualifying.[76]

Australia before their match against France in the 2022 FIFA World Cup opening match

As preparation for the World Cup, Australia played two friendlies against neighbouring New Zealand, winning both games.[77][78] It began its World Cup quest on 23 November against world champions France, losing 4–1 despite initially taking the lead with goal from Craig Goodwin.[79] Three days later Australia registered its first World Cup win since 2010, overcoming Tunisia with a header from Mitchell Duke to seal a 1–0 win, sending Australia from bottom to second place.[80] Four days later, against UEFA Euro 2020 semi-finalists Denmark, Australia won 1–0, thanks to a Mathew Leckie goal. Australia finished the group stage in second place behind France on goal difference, making Australia the first Asian representative to reach the knockout stage in Qatar 2022.[81] Australia's resurgence in the group stage was widely watched and followed by Australian supporters. Mass celebrations occurred after the upsets over Tunisia and Denmark, and Prime Minister Anthony Albanese called it "magnificent".[82][83][84] In the round of 16, Australia lost 2–1 to Argentina, with Lionel Messi opening the scoring and Julián Álvarez getting the second after dispossessing Mathew Ryan. Australia pulled one back when Goodwin's shot deflected into goal off Enzo Fernández and Garang Kuol almost scored the equaliser in injury time, but his shot was smothered by Argentinian goalkeeper Emiliano Martínez.[85]

Team image[edit]

Media coverage[edit]

Australian matches are broadcast by Paramount+ and on free-to-air by Network 10.[86]

Previous coverage has been provided by Fox Sports (2018–2021),[87] Ten network on its 10 Bold channel, ABC,[88] SBS until 2016 and Nine on its 9Go! channel (2016–2017).

The national team has set multiple ratings records for both subscription and free-to-air television. 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,[89] 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.[90] The 2015 Asian Cup Final against South Korea had a total reach of 5.3 million Australians overall.[91]

Kit[edit]

Australia's first national kit, 1922

Australia's first kit was sky blue with a maroon hoop on the socks, the colours representing the states of New South Wales and Queensland, a look that was reminiscent of the Australian national rugby league team's strips of the period.[92] They wore the predominantly light blue kit until 1924 when they changed to green and gold.[93]

Australia has worn a yellow jersey, usually accompanied by green shorts, and yellow socks since the 1960s. The colour of the socks altered throughout the 1970s, 1980s, and 1990s from white to the same green as the shorts to the same yellow colour as the jersey. This peculiarity of the uniform refers to exactly the combination of colours used in it: although the country's flag has the colours blue, red and white, the selection uses shades of green and yellow. That's because, unlike many national teams, who base their colours on the flag, the Australian team uses as a base the colours of a typical plant in the country, the acacia, which has green leaves and yellow flowers.

Their current away kit is a turquoise shirt with a gold stripe on either side of the shirt, the coat of arms being on top of a navy background. It is accompanied by navy shorts (also containing the gold stripes) and turquoise socks. Australia's kits have been produced by manufacturers including Umbro, Adidas, KingRoo, and since 2004 by Nike.[94]

Rather than displaying the logo of Football Australia, Australia's jersey traditionally features the coat of arms of Australia over the left breast. The team first wore the traditional green and yellow colours in 1924.[95] Australia's 1974 World Cup kits were produced by Adidas as were all other national team kits in the tournament, with Adidas sponsoring the event. The kits, however, contained Umbro branding, due to the manufacturer's Australian partnership at the time.[96] 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.[97] In the lead-up to the 2014 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.[98] This kit was well received.[99] In March 2016, FFA revealed the new Socceroos kit, which featured a yellow jersey, yellow shorts and green socks. This was reportedly in accordance with a FIFA directive, instructing all national teams to have matching shirts and shorts.[100][101] This kit was met with wide public contention, primarily due to the colour change of the shorts from the traditional green to yellow.[100][101][102][103][104]

Kit suppliers[edit]

Kit supplier Period Notes
Umbro 1974–1983 1974 FIFA World Cup jerseys were manufactured by Adidas but featured an Umbro logo.
Adidas 1983–1989
Kingroo 1990–1993
Patrick 1993
Adidas 1993–2004
Nike 2004–present Current deal runs until 2033.[105]

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.[106] It is commonly used by both the Australian people and the governing body, the FFA.[107] 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.[108][109]

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 soccer team[110] or Hockeyroos for the Australian national women's hockey team.

Rivalries[edit]

One of the matches of the 2006 World Cup was a group stage match between Australia and Japan at Fritz-Walter-Stadion in Kaiserslautern, Germany.

New Zealand[edit]

Australia's longtime rivals are trans-Tasman neighbours New Zealand.[111] 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 infrequent, with the occasional match still receiving much media and public attention.[112]

Japan[edit]

After joining the AFC, Australia began to develop a fierce rivalry with fellow Asian powerhouse Japan.[113] The rivalry began at the 2006 World Cup, where the two countries were grouped together. The rivalry continued with the two countries meeting regularly in various AFC competitions, including the 2011 Asian Cup final and qualification for the 2010, 2014, 2018 and 2022 World Cups.[114]

South Korea[edit]

Another major rival within Asia is South Korea, who Australia came up against in three World Cup qualification campaigns in the 1970s and, since joining the AFC, have met regularly including the victory by Australia in the 2015 Asian Cup final.[115]

Uruguay[edit]

A rivalry exists with Uruguay since their first meeting on the eve of the 1974 FIFA World Cup. Both nations have faced each other in consecutive World Cup play-offs in 2001 and 2005 with each nation winning a playoff final each to progress through to the World Cup. Australia and Uruguay also faced off in the 1997 Confederations Cup in Saudi Arabia, with Australia progressing through to the final against Brazil via a golden goal winner from Harry Kewell.[116]

Supporters[edit]

The main supporter group of the Australian national team is Australian Active Support (AAS).[117] AAS, then known as Socceroos Active Support (SAS), was founded in January 2015 as an independent group,[118] who uses social media to organise and keep in touch. This replaced the former active support group Terrace Australis,[119] who were founded by Football Federation Australia and fans in 2013, during Australia's 2014 World Cup qualification campaign.[120] Its establishment came in the wake of poor off-field action and minimal community engagement.[121] Previously, the emergence of Terrace Australis saw the Green and Gold Army relinquish its role as a hub for active support, which it had claimed since its establishment in 2001.[122][123] Since the 2015 AFC Asian Cup triumph, the supporters had encouraged people in Australia to focus more on the national team, and the nation's soccer pride.

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, including Stadium Australia in Sydney, Hunter Stadium in Newcastle and Docklands Stadium in Melbourne. International matches have also been played at the Melbourne Cricket Ground and Melbourne Rectangular Stadium in Melbourne and Canberra Stadium in Canberra.

Australia has played at the Gabba in Brisbane, which hosted Australia's first international match on home soil in 1923, a 2–1 win over New Zealand. It was the fourth Australian team match overall, with the first three internationals played in New Zealand.[124] Other venues which regularly hosted international home matches included Olympic Park Stadium in Melbourne, the Sydney Cricket Ground, Sydney Sports Ground, Sydney Showground, and Sydney Football Stadium in Sydney, and Subiaco Oval in Perth.

Games in England[edit]

Since the 2003 friendly against England, the Socceroos have also played a significant number of games in England, especially London, since a high proportion of the senior team play in European leagues. This includes games at Craven Cottage in Fulham (Fulham Football Club's home ground), Loftus Road in Shepherd's Bush (Queens Park Rangers' home ground) and The Den in Bermondsey (Millwall Football Club's home ground).

Results and fixtures[edit]

The following is a list of match results in the last 12 months, as well as any future matches that have been scheduled.

  Win   Draw   Loss   Fixture

2023[edit]

15 June Friendly Argentina  2–0  Australia Beijing, China
20:00 UTC+8
Report Stadium: Workers' Stadium
Attendance: 68,000
Referee: Ma Ning (China)
9 September Friendly Mexico  2–2  Australia Arlington, United States
21:00 UTC-5
Report
Stadium: AT&T Stadium
Attendance: 52,787
Referee: Rubio Vázquez (United States)
13 October Friendly England  1–0  Australia London, England
19:45 UTC+1
Report Stadium: Wembley Stadium
Attendance: 81,116
Referee: Stéphanie Frappart (France)
17 October Soccer Ashes Australia  2–0  New Zealand London, England
19:45 UTC+1
Report Stadium: Gtech Community Stadium
Attendance: 5,761
Referee: Stuart Attwell (England)
16 November 2026 World Cup Qualifiers Round 2 Australia  7–0  Bangladesh Melbourne, Australia
20:00 UTC+11
Report Stadium: Melbourne Rectangular Stadium
Attendance: 20,876
Referee: Ahrol Risqullaev (Uzbekistan)
21 November 2026 World Cup Qualifiers Round 2 Palestine  0–1  Australia Kuwait City, Kuwait[a]
17:00 UTC+3 Report
Stadium: Jaber Al-Ahmad International Stadium
Attendance: 14,537
Referee: Qasim Al-Hatmi (Oman)

2024[edit]

6 January Friendly Bahrain  0–2  Australia Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
18:00 UTC+4 Report
Stadium: Baniyas Stadium
Referee: Mohamed Al-Harmoodi (United Arab Emirates)
13 January 2023 AFC Asian Cup group stage Australia  2–0  India Al Rayyan, Qatar
14:30 UTC+3
Report Stadium: Ahmad bin Ali Stadium
Attendance: 35,253
Referee: Yoshimi Yamashita (Japan)
18 January 2023 AFC Asian Cup group stage Syria  0–1  Australia Al Rayyan, Qatar
14:30 UTC+3 Report
Stadium: Jassim bin Hamad Stadium
Attendance: 10,097
Referee: Adel Al-Naqbi (United Arab Emirates)
23 January 2023 AFC Asian Cup group stage Australia  1–1  Uzbekistan Al Wakrah, Qatar
14:30 UTC+3
Report Stadium: Al Janoub Stadium
Attendance: 15,290
Referee: Yusuke Araki (Japan)
6 June 2026 World Cup Qualifiers Round 2 Bangladesh  0–2  Australia Dhaka, Bangladesh
16:45 UTC+6 Report
Stadium: Bashundhara Kings Arena
Attendance: 5,227
Referee: Jansen Foo (Singapore)
11 June 2026 World Cup Qualifiers Round 2 Australia  5–0  Palestine Perth, Australia
20:05 UTC+8
Report Stadium: Perth Rectangular Stadium
Attendance: 18,261
Referee: Khalid Al-Turais (Saudi Arabia)

Coaching staff[edit]

As of November 2023[128]
Position Name
Head coach Australia Graham Arnold
Assistant coach Netherlands René Meulensteen
Assistant coach Australia Tony Vidmar
Goalkeeper coach Australia John Crawley

Players[edit]

Current squad[edit]

The following 25 players were called up for the 2026 FIFA World Cup qualification matches against Bangladesh and Palestine on 6 and 11 June 2024, respectively.[129]
Caps and goals correct as of 11 June 2024, after the match against Palestine.

No. Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
1 1GK Paul Izzo (1995-01-06) 6 January 1995 (age 29) 0 0 Australia Melbourne Victory
12 1GK Lawrence Thomas (1992-05-09) 9 May 1992 (age 32) 1 0 Australia Western Sydney Wanderers
18 1GK Joe Gauci (2000-07-04) 4 July 2000 (age 23) 4 0 England Aston Villa

2 2DF Gethin Jones (1995-10-13) 13 October 1995 (age 28) 6 0 England Bolton Wanderers
3 2DF Ryan Strain (1997-04-02) 2 April 1997 (age 27) 6 0 Scotland St Mirren
5 2DF Jordan Bos (2002-10-29) 29 October 2002 (age 21) 15 1 Belgium Westerlo
13 2DF Alessandro Circati (2003-10-10) 10 October 2003 (age 20) 2 0 Italy Parma
16 2DF Aziz Behich (1990-12-16) 16 December 1990 (age 33) 71 2 Australia Melbourne City
19 2DF Harry Souttar (1998-10-22) 22 October 1998 (age 25) 30 11 England Leicester City
21 2DF Cameron Burgess (1995-10-21) 21 October 1995 (age 28) 9 0 England Ipswich Town
2DF Kye Rowles (1998-06-24) 24 June 1998 (age 25) 21 1 Scotland Heart of Midlothian

8 3MF Connor Metcalfe (1999-11-05) 5 November 1999 (age 24) 23 0 Germany FC St. Pauli
10 3MF Ajdin Hrustic (1996-07-05) 5 July 1996 (age 27) 27 4 Netherlands Heracles Almelo
14 3MF Cameron Devlin (1998-06-07) 7 June 1998 (age 26) 4 0 Scotland Heart of Midlothian
17 3MF Keanu Baccus (1998-06-07) 7 June 1998 (age 26) 19 1 England Mansfield Town
22 3MF Jackson Irvine (captain) (1993-03-07) 7 March 1993 (age 31) 70 11 Germany FC St. Pauli
23 3MF Josh Nisbet (1999-06-15) 15 June 1999 (age 25) 2 0 Australia Central Coast Mariners

4 4FW Apostolos Stamatelopoulos (1999-04-09) 9 April 1999 (age 25) 1 0 Australia Newcastle Jets
6 4FW Martin Boyle (1993-04-25) 25 April 1993 (age 31) 29 9 Scotland Hibernian
7 4FW Mathew Leckie (1991-02-04) 4 February 1991 (age 33) 79 14 Australia Melbourne City
9 4FW Adam Taggart (1993-06-02) 2 June 1993 (age 31) 19 7 Australia Perth Glory
11 4FW Kusini Yengi (1999-01-15) 15 January 1999 (age 25) 8 4 England Portsmouth
15 4FW Daniel Arzani (1999-01-04) 4 January 1999 (age 25) 7 1 Australia Melbourne Victory
20 4FW Nestory Irankunda (2006-02-09) 9 February 2006 (age 18) 2 1 Germany Bayern Munich
4FW Mitch Duke (1991-01-18) 18 January 1991 (age 33) 40 12 Japan Machida Zelvia

Recent call-ups[edit]

The following players have also been called up within the last 12 months.

Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club Latest call-up
GK Mathew Ryan (captain) (1992-04-08) 8 April 1992 (age 32) 93 0 Netherlands AZ v.  Lebanon, 26 March 2024
GK Tom Glover (1997-12-24) 24 December 1997 (age 26) 0 0 England Middlesbrough v.  Lebanon, 26 March 2024
GK Ashley Maynard-Brewer (1999-06-25) 25 June 1999 (age 24) 0 0 England Charlton Athletic v.  Palestine, 21 November 2023
GK Andrew Redmayne (1989-01-13) 13 January 1989 (age 35) 4 0 Australia Sydney FC v.  New Zealand, 18 October 2023

DF Nathaniel Atkinson (1999-06-13) 13 June 1999 (age 25) 13 0 Scotland Heart of Midlothian v.  Lebanon, 26 March 2024
DF Thomas Deng (1997-03-20) 20 March 1997 (age 27) 4 0 Japan Albirex Niigata v.  Lebanon, 26 March 2024
DF Joel King (2000-10-30) 30 October 2000 (age 23) 4 0 Australia Sydney FC v.  Lebanon, 26 March 2024
DF Lewis Miller (2000-08-24) 24 August 2000 (age 23) 6 0 Scotland Hibernian v.  Lebanon, 21 March 2024 INJ
DF Miloš Degenek (1994-04-28) 28 April 1994 (age 30) 45 1 Serbia Red Star Belgrade v.  New Zealand, 18 October 2023
DF Gianni Stensness (1999-02-07) 7 February 1999 (age 25) 2 0 Norway Viking v.  Argentina, 15 June 2023

MF Patrick Yazbek (2002-04-05) 5 April 2002 (age 22) 1 0 Norway Viking v.  Lebanon, 26 March 2024
MF Riley McGree (1998-11-02) 2 November 1998 (age 25) 25 1 England Middlesbrough v.  Lebanon, 21 March 2024 INJ
MF Aiden O'Neill (1998-07-04) 4 July 1998 (age 25) 13 0 Belgium Standard Liège v.  South Korea, 3 February 2024
MF Massimo Luongo (1992-09-25) 25 September 1992 (age 31) 45 6 England Ipswich Town v.  Palestine, 21 November 2023 RET
MF Alexander Robertson (2003-04-17) 17 April 2003 (age 21) 2 0 England Portsmouth v.  New Zealand, 18 October 2023
MF Denis Genreau (1999-05-21) 21 May 1999 (age 25) 6 0 France Toulouse v.  Mexico, 9 September 2023

FW Craig Goodwin (1991-12-16) 16 December 1991 (age 32) 25 6 Saudi Arabia Al-Wehda v.  Lebanon, 26 March 2024
FW Brandon Borrello (1995-07-25) 25 July 1995 (age 28) 11 2 Australia Western Sydney Wanderers v.  Lebanon, 26 March 2024
FW Bruno Fornaroli (1987-09-07) 7 September 1987 (age 36) 7 0 Australia Melbourne Victory v.  Lebanon, 26 March 2024
FW Samuel Silvera (2000-10-25) 25 October 2000 (age 23) 6 0 England Middlesbrough v.  Lebanon, 26 March 2024
FW John Iredale (1999-08-01) 1 August 1999 (age 24) 2 1 Germany SV Wehen Wiesbaden v.  Lebanon, 26 March 2024
FW Marco Tilio (2001-08-23) 23 August 2001 (age 22) 9 0 Australia Melbourne City v.  South Korea, 3 February 2024
FW Jamie Maclaren (1993-07-29) 29 July 1993 (age 30) 32 11 Australia Melbourne City v.  Palestine, 21 November 2023
FW Awer Mabil (1995-09-15) 15 September 1995 (age 28) 33 9 Switzerland Grasshoppers v.  New Zealand, 18 October 2023
FW Mohamed Toure (2004-03-26) 26 March 2004 (age 20) 1 0 France Paris FC v.  New Zealand, 18 October 2023
FW Nicholas D'Agostino (1998-02-25) 25 February 1998 (age 26) 3 0 Norway Viking v.  Mexico, 9 September 2023
  • INJ Withdrew due to injury
  • RET Retired

Records[edit]

Australia currently hold the world record for the largest win and the most goals scored by a player in an international match.[130] 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.[130][131] Two days before the 31–0 win, Australia broke the record for largest win with a 22–0 win over Tonga.[132] 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,[133] and Iranian Karim Bagheri, who also scored seven goals against Maldives in 1997.[134]

As of 26 March 2024[135][136]

Most capped players[edit]

Goalkeeper Mark Schwarzer is the most capped player in the history of Australia with 109 caps.
Rank Name Caps Goals Position Career
1 Mark Schwarzer 109 0 GK 1993–2013
2 Tim Cahill 108 50 FW 2004–2018
3 Lucas Neill 96 1 DF 1996–2013
4 Brett Emerton 95 20 MF 1998–2012
5 Mathew Ryan 93 0 GK 2012–present
6 Alex Tobin 87 2 DF 1988–1998
7 Mark Bresciano 84 13 MF 2001–2015
Paul Wade 84 10 MF 1986–1996
9 Mark Milligan 80 6 MF 2006–2019
Luke Wilkshire 80 8 DF 2004–2014

Top goalscorers[edit]

Tim Cahill is Australia's top scorer with 50 goals.
Rank Name Goals Caps Ratio Career
1 Tim Cahill (list) 50 108 0.46 2004–2018
2 Damian Mori 29 45 0.64 1992–2002
3 Archie Thompson 28 54 0.52 2001–2013
4 John Aloisi 27 55 0.49 1993–2008
5 John Kosmina 25 60 0.42 1977–1988
Attila Abonyi 25 61 0.41 1967–1977
7 David Zdrilic 20 31 0.65 1997–2010
Mile Jedinak 20 79 0.25 2008–2018
Brett Emerton 20 95 0.21 1998–2012
10 Graham Arnold 19 56 0.34 1985–1997

Most clean sheets[edit]

Rank Name Clean sheets Caps Ratio Career
1 Mark Schwarzer 44 109 0.4 1993–2013
2 Mathew Ryan 35 93 0.37 2012–present
3 Zeljko Kalac 24 54 0.44 1992–2006
4 Jeff Olver 13 37 0.35 1985–1989
5 Robert Zabica 12 27 0.44 1990–1994

Competitive record[edit]

Overview
Event 1st place 2nd place 3rd place 4th place
FIFA World Cup 0 0 0 0
FIFA Confederations Cup 0 1 1 0
AFC Asian Cup 1 1 0 0
OFC Nations Cup 4 2 0 0
Total 5 4 1 0

FIFA World Cup[edit]

Australia's FIFA World Cup record Qualification record
Year Hosts Round Pos. Pld W D* L GF GA Squad Pos. Pld W D* L GF GA
1930 to 1962 Not a member of FIFA Not a member of FIFA
1966  England Did not qualify Final Round 2 0 0 2 2 9
1970  Mexico Final Round 9 3 5 1 12 8
1974  West Germany Group stage 14th 3 0 1 2 0 5 Squad Final Round 11 5 5 1 21 10
1978  Argentina Did not qualify 4th 12 6 2 4 20 11
1982  Spain 2nd 8 4 2 2 22 9
1986  Mexico 1st (PO) 8 4 3 1 20 4
1990  Italy 2nd 6 2 2 2 11 7
1994  United States 1st (PO) 10 7 1 2 21 7
1998  France 1st (PO) 8 6 2 0 34 5
2002  South Korea
 Japan
1st (PO) 8 7 0 1 73 4
2006  Germany Round of 16 16th 4 1 1 2 5 6 Squad 1st (PO) 9 7 1 1 31 5
2010  South Africa Group stage 21st 3 1 1 1 3 6 Squad 1st 14 9 3 2 19 4
2014  Brazil Group stage 30th 3 0 0 3 3 9 Squad 2nd 14 8 4 2 25 12
2018  Russia Group stage 30th 3 0 1 2 2 5 Squad 3rd (PO) 22 14 6 2 51 18
2022  Qatar Round of 16 11th 4 2 0 2 4 6 Squad 3rd (PO) 20 13 4 3 45 12
2026  Canada
 Mexico
 United States
To be determined In progress 6 6 0 0 22 0
2030  Morocco
 Portugal
 Spain
To be determined
2034  Saudi Arabia
Total Round of 16 20 4 4 12 17 37 6/15 167 101 40 26 429 125
Draws include knockout matches decided via penalty shoot-out.
From 1966 to 2006 played as a full member of the OFC.
Since 2010 played as a full member of the AFC.


FIFA Confederations Cup[edit]

Australia's FIFA Confederations Cup record
Year Host Round Pos Pld W D L GF GA
1992  Saudi Arabia No OFC representative invited
1995  Saudi Arabia
1997  Saudi Arabia Runners-up 2nd 5 2 1 2 4 8
1999  Mexico Did not qualify
2001  South Korea
 Japan
Third place 3rd 5 3 0 2 4 2
2003  France Did not qualify
2005  Germany Group stage 8th 3 0 0 3 5 10
2009  South Africa Did not qualify
2013  Brazil
2017  Russia Group stage 6th 3 0 2 1 4 5
Total 0 titles 4/10 16 5 3 8 17 25

AFC Asian Cup[edit]

Australia's AFC Asian Cup record Qualification record
Year Hosts Round Pos. Pld W D* L GF GA Squad Group Pos. Pld W D* L GF GA
19562004 Not an AFC member Not an AFC member
2007  Indonesia
 Malaysia
 Thailand
 Vietnam
Quarter-finals 7th 4 1 2 1 7 5 Squad 1st 4 3 0 1 7 3
2011  Qatar Runners-up 2nd 6 4 1 1 13 2 Squad 1st 6 3 2 1 6 4
2015  Australia Champions 1st 6 5 0 1 14 3 Squad Qualified as hosts
2019  United Arab Emirates Quarter-finals 7th 5 2 1 2 6 4 Squad 1st 8 7 0 1 29 4
2023  Qatar Quarter-finals 6th 5 3 1 1 9 3 Squad 1st 8 8 0 0 28 2
2027  Saudi Arabia Qualified 1st 6 6 0 0 22 0
Total 1 title 6/19 26 15 5 6 49 17 32 27 2 3 92 13
  Champions    Runners-up    Third place/semi-finalists  
Draws include knockout matches decided via penalty shoot-out.
Red border colour indicates tournament was held on home soil.
Australia played their 2007 matches in Thailand and Vietnam.

Summer Olympics[edit]

Australia's Summer Olympics record Summer Olympics qualification
Year Host Round Position Pld W D L GF GA GP W D L GS GA
19081952 Did not participate
1956 Australia Melbourne Quarter-finals 5th 2 1 0 1 4 4 Qualified as Host
1960 Italy Rome Withdrew Withdrew
1964 Japan Tokyo Did not enter Did not enter
1968 Mexico Mexico City
1972 West Germany Munich
1976 Canada Montreal
1980 Soviet Union Moscow
1984 United States Los Angeles
1988 South Korea Seoul Quarter-finals 7th 4 2 0 2 2 6 8 6 2 0 18 4
1992–present See Australia men's national under-23 soccer team
Total 0 titles 2/17 6 3 0 3 6 10 8 6 2 0 18 4

OFC Nations Cup[edit]

Australia's 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
2008–present Not OFC member
Total 4 titles 6/10 28 24 2 2 142 13

AFC–OFC Challenge Cup[edit]

Australia's AFC–OFC Challenge Cup record
Year Result Position Pld W D L GF GA
Japan 2001 Runners-up 1/2 1 0 0 1 0 3
Iran 2003 Did not qualify
Total 0 titles 1/2 1 0 0 1 0 3

AFF Championship[edit]

Since joining the AFF in 2013, Australia has never competed in this event.

Minor tournaments[edit]

Year Position GP W D L GF GA
New Zealand 1922 Soccer Ashes 2nd 3 0 1 2 3 7
Australia 1923 Soccer Ashes 2nd 3 1 0 2 5 8
Australia 1933 Soccer Ashes 1st 3 3 0 0 14 8
New Zealand 1936 Soccer Ashes 1st 3 3 0 0 21 2
New Zealand 1948 Soccer Ashes 1st 4 4 0 0 17 0
Australia 1954 Soccer Ashes 1st 3 2 0 1 9 4
South Vietnam 1967 South Vietnam Independence Cup 1st 5 5 0 0 15 6
Singapore 1982 Merlion Cup 1st 4 4 0 0 14 2
Australia New Zealand 1983 Trans-Tasman Trophy 2nd 2 0 0 2 1 4
Singapore 1983 Merlion Cup 1st 4 3 0 1 10 5
China 1984 China–Australia Ampol Cup 2nd 1 0 0 1 2 3
China 1985 China–Australia Ampol Cup 1st 1 1 0 0 3 0
Australia New Zealand 1986 Trans-Tasman Trophy 1st 2 1 1 0 3 2
China 1986 China–Australia Ampol Cup 1st 1 1 0 0 2 0
South Korea 1987 President's Cup 2nd 3 2 1 0 2 1
Australia New Zealand 1987 Trans-Tasman Trophy 2nd 2 0 1 1 1 2
Australia 1988 Australia Bicentenary Gold Cup 2nd 4 2 0 2 7 4
Australia New Zealand 1988 Trans-Tasman Trophy 1st 2 2 0 0 4 1
Indonesia 1990 Independence Cup 1st 1 1 0 0 3 0
Australia New Zealand 1991 Trans-Tasman Trophy 1st 2 2 0 0 3 1
South Korea 1991 President's Cup 2nd 1 0 1 0 0 0
Indonesia 1992 Independence Cup 3rd 2 1 0 1 3 1
Japan 1994 Kirin Cup 2nd 2 0 1 1 1 2
Australia New Zealand 1995 Trans-Tasman Trophy 1st 2 1 1 0 3 0
South Africa 1996 Simba Cup 2nd 3 2 0 1 6 2
Chile 2000 Copa Ciudad de Valparaíso 4th 3 0 2 1 2 3
United Arab Emirates 2000 LG Cup (UAE) 3rd 2 1 0 1 3 4
Japan 2001 AFC–OFC Challenge Cup 2nd 1 0 0 1 0 3
Total 14 titles 69 42 9 17 150 75

All-time record[edit]

FIFA Rankings[edit]

A line chart depicting the history of Australia's year-end placements in the FIFA World Rankings.

Last update was on 4 April 2024 Source:[137]

  Best Ranking    Worst Ranking    Best Mover    Worst Mover  

Australia's FIFA world rankings
Rank Year Games
Played
Best Worst
Rank Move Rank Move
24 2024 23 Increase 2 24 Decrease 1
25 2023 8 25 Increase 2 29 Decrease 2
27 2022 13 27 Increase 8 42 Decrease 6
35 2021 10 32 Increase 6 41 Decrease 2
41 2020 0 41 Increase 1 42 Decrease 1
42 2019 10 41 Increase 2 46 Decrease 3
41 2018 11 32 Increase 4 43 Decrease 7
38 2017 13 38 Increase 7 55 Decrease 10
47 2016 10 40 Increase 17 68 Decrease 9
57 2015 14 57 Increase 37 100 Decrease 2
    100 2014 11 53 Increase 4 102 Decrease 14
58 2013 12 36 Increase 7 59 Decrease 7
36 2012 13 20 Increase 2 36 Decrease 9
23 2011 17 19 Increase 5 26 Decrease 2
26 2010 13 19 Increase 4 26 Decrease 6
  21 2009 12 14 Increase 13 32 Decrease 10
28 2008 13 28 Increase 10 48 Decrease 5
48 2007 10 39 Increase 4 52 Decrease 6
39 2006 13 33 Increase 9 48 Decrease 4
48 2005 12 48 Increase 9 60 Decrease 4
  58 2004 12 49 Increase 40 89 Decrease 9
82 2003 3 45 Increase 6 82 Decrease 13
50 2002 4 43 Increase 4 50 Decrease 3
48 2001 16 46 Increase 18 77 Decrease 5
73 2000 15 63 Increase 29 92 Decrease 6
89 1999 0 50 89 Decrease 11
39 1998 9 32 Increase 3 39 Decrease 6
35 1997 19 31 Increase 17 36 Decrease 4
50 1996 12 48 Increase 9 61 Decrease 9
51 1995 9 47 Increase 11 58 Decrease 8
58 1994 6 44 Increase 2 58 Decrease 6
49 1993 10 49 Increase 12 65 Decrease 13

Honours[edit]

Major[edit]

Other[edit]

Invitational Tournaments[edit]

See also[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Palestine played their home game at a neutral venue due to the Israel–Hamas war.[126]
  2. ^ Lebanon will play this home match in Australia, following AFC approval, due to the ongoing Israel–Hamas war.[127]

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