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Nicknames: Socceroos, Ozzies, Green and Gold
Head coach: Holger Osieck
Most caps: Mark Schwarzer (91)
Top scorer: Damian Mori (29)
Home stadium: Sydney Football Stadium
Football may not be the number one sport in Australia, but it is certainly the game with the greatest potential for development. Since the induction of the new association management in particular, the number of new players has continually increased - especially in women's football, which in terms of development has left all other women's games trailing in its wake. This has also led to the creation of a new league, due to be launched in 2005. Australia have always been the heavyweight power in Oceania, but in recent years, the Aussies have often impressed on the world stage (fourth place at Atlanta '96; runner-up at 1997 FIFA Confederations Cup; third place at 2001 FIFA Confederations Cup; runner-up at 1999 FIFA U-17 World Championship), results that underline the huge potential inAustralia.
The Football Federation of Australia's aim is to have its own "House of Football" in the centre or suburbs of Sydney. The Goal Bureau approved just such a project on 22 September 2004. Given the huge financial commitment involved, Goal funds make up just 20% of the overall budget. However, the association expects a significant upturn in fortunes, due to the savings on previous rent and the fact that a centralised management team will be able to improve the coordination of football development initiatives.
FIFA 2014 World Cup Group B
2014 World Cup Game Schedule
|Jun 13||Spain||1-5||Netherlands||Salvador||4:00 PM|
|Jun 13||Chile||3-1||Australia||Cuiaba||6:00 PM|
|Jun 18||Spain||0-2||Chile||Rio De Janeiro||4:00 PM|
|Jun 18||Australia||2-3||Netherlands||Porto Alegre||1:00 PM|
|Jun 23||Australia||0-3||Spain||Curitiba||1:00 PM|
|Jun 23||Netherlands||3-2||Chile||Sao Paulo||1:00 PM|
AFC World Cup Qualifiers
The Asian Football Confederation (AFC) is the governing body of association football in Asia. It has 46 member countries, mostly located on the Asian continent. Due to the disputed boundary of Europe and Asia, transcontinental nations such as Turkey and Russia are instead in the UEFA, whereas countries such as Kazakhstan, Azerbaijan, Armenia, Georgia and Israel are entirely in Asia (Central or Western Asia) and still members of the UEFA. On the other hand, Australia, formerly in the OFC, has been in the AFC since 2006, in the same way as the Oceanian nations of Guam and Northern Mariana Islands, which are also members of AFC.