Young Socceroos go down to Uzbekistan

Sunday September 2, 2012 by  

The Young Socceroos have been defeated by Uzbekistan 2-1 in their opening match of the AFF U19 Tournament at Thong Nhat Stadium in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam today.

A torrential downpour prior to kick-off meant that the match was played on a heavy, slow pitch which was not conducive to free flowing football.

Both teams started the match testing out the conditions and the first 30 minutes were fairly even. The last 15 minutes of the first half saw the Young Socceroos began start to get on top and dominated possession. Read more

Mariner Morton selected for Young Socceroos

Thursday August 23, 2012 by  

Central Coast Mariners National Youth League (NYL) star Hayden Morton has today been added to Paul Okon’s Young Socceroos squad to tour Hong Kong and Vietnam.

From September 2 to 9 the Young Socceroos will compete in the 2012 AFF U19 tournament in Ho Chi Minh City.

The team will line up against Iran, hosts Vietnam, and Uzbekistan in the group stage of the competition as part of their preparation for the AFC U19 Championship to be held in the United Arab Emirates in November. Read more

Buckley to step down as FFA CEO

Tuesday August 21, 2012 by  

The Chief Executive Officer of Football Federation Australia, Mr Ben Buckley, today announced he will step down from his role at the conclusion of negotiations for the FFA’s new broadcast deal in about two months.

Mr David Gallop has been appointed the new Chief Executive Officer.

Mr Gallop is well-known as the former CEO of the National Rugby League and Australian Rugby League Commission and is widely respected as a leader and sports administrator. Read more

National call-up for Young Guns

Tuesday June 26, 2012 by  

Perth Glory teenagers Jesse Makarounas and Brandon O’Neill have been selected in a 23-player squad for the AFC U-22 Championship Qualifiers which will be played in Pekanbaru, Sumatra, Indonesia from 5 to 15 July 2012.

It’s the first time O’Neill has been named in a national squad – outside of a training camp – and his selection caps off a wonderful 2012 for the 18 year old who only made his A-League debut in March.

“I’m really humbled to be named,” a proud O’Neill said. Read more

Japanese visit generates Asian Cup interest

Tuesday June 12, 2012 by  

The Japan vs Socceroos World Cup Qualifier in Brisbane has helped to generate significant interest in the AFC Asian Cup Australia 2015.

The Local Organising Committee (LOC) of the 2015 tournament took the opportunity to promote the event to the Japanese Football Association and the large visiting Japanese media contingent at a function in Brisbane today.

LOC Chief Executive Officer Michael Brown said the AFC Asian Cup would be the largest football event ever held in this country and the World Cup Qualifiers against Japan and other Asian teams would be a great chance to promote the event. Read more

Host Cities confirmed for Socceroos WC Qualifiers

Wednesday June 6, 2012 by  

The Socceroos will play two matches in Sydney and one each in Melbourne and Brisbane in the fourth phase of 2014 FIFA World Cup Asian qualifiers, Football Federation Australia (FFA) has announced today.

The previously confirmed Match day three qualifier against Japan at Brisbane Stadium kicks off the home campaign next Tuesday June 12 (8pm kick off).

The next home game on Match day seven will see the Socceroos play Oman in Sydney at Stadium Australia on Tuesday March 26, 2013. Read more

AFC Asian Cup 2015 preparations gearing up

Tuesday April 24, 2012 by  

Preparations for the AFC Asian Cup 2015 are ramping up with the appointment of key members of the Local Organising Committee (LOC).

LOC Chief Executive Officer Michael Brown said the AFC Asian Cup, to be staged in Australia for the first time in January 2015, will be the largest football event ever held in this country.

“Our vision is to deliver a world-class event that celebrates Asia’s rich football culture and leaves an enduring legacy for the game in Australia,” Mr Brown said. Read more

Socceroos to face Japan in Brisbane

Wednesday March 14, 2012 by  

The Socceroos will play their first home match of the final stage of their 2014 FIFA World Cup Qualifying campaign in Brisbane on Tuesday June 12 when they host Japan in a re-match of the AFC Asian Cup 2011 final.

FFA CEO Ben Buckley, Socceroos Head Coach Holger Osieck and Queensland Sport Minister Phil Reeves made the announcement today at Suncorp Stadium.

“The Socceroos vs Japan at Suncorp Stadium will be an absolutely epic contest on the road to Brazil,” said FFA CEO Ben Buckley. Read more

Socceroos drawn in Group B

Friday March 9, 2012 by  

The Socceroos have been placed in Group B along with Japan, Iraq, Jordan and Oman for the fourth round of the 2014 FIFA World Cup Asian Qualifiers following the official draw that was held at the AFC House in Kuala Lumpur Malaysia.

The Socceroos were the top ranked team going into the draw and were the first/last team drawn from Pot 1. The Korea Republic were the other team in Pot 1 as the second highest ranked team in Asia and head Group A with Iran, Uzbekistan, Jordan, Qatar and Lebanon.

Following the draw, Socceroos Head Coach Holger Osieck said he was happy with the draw for the 2014 FIFA World Cup Asian Qualifiers Fourth Round. Read more

Socceroos to face Scotland

Monday March 5, 2012 by  

Football Federation Australia (FFA) and the Scottish Football Association (SFA) today announced that the Socceroos will meet the Scottish National Football Team in an international friendly match on Wednesday August 15, at Easter Road Stadium, Edinburgh (kick-off TBC).

This will be the fifth official match between Scotland and Australia at senior men’s international level.

Both teams will be using the match as part of their preparations for their respective 2014 FIFA World Cup qualifying campaigns. Read more