The Australia national association football team
in international association football
competitions. Its official nickname is the "Socceroos
". The team is controlled by Football Federation Australia
(FFA), which is currently a member of the Asian Football Confederation
(AFC) and also an invitee member of the ASEAN Football Federation
(AFF) since 2006.
Australia is a four-time Oceania Football Confederation
(OFC) champion and has been represented at three FIFA World Cup
tournaments, in 1974
. Australia topped their group in the 2010 World Cup qualification
without losing a match and only conceding one goal, and became one of the first nations to qualify for the finals tournament
: during the qualification, they reached their highest placing, 14th, in the FIFA World Rankings
. However, Australia failed to progress past the group stage in the 2010 FIFA World Cup.
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 "Test" or "Friendly" 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.
A historical win
On 11 April 2001 in a qualifying match for the 2002 FIFA......