On Tuesday night (April 12) in Kuala Lumpur, the draw for the final round of AFC 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifiers will be made, with Caltex Socceroos eagerly awaiting the outcome.
It’ll be an exciting night as Australia find out which of the ten other nations they could meet on the Road to Russia 2018.
The six pots are based on the latest FIFA rankings, which came out last week.
The only nation the Socceroos cannot be drawn against is Iran, who are Asia’s highest ranked nation while Australia are second in Asia.
The draw will see 12 teams separated into Pots 1 to 6 (below) with the teams then being drawn to form two groups of six nations.
The six teams in each group will play each other on a home and away basis with top two sides from each group booking their place at the 2018 FIFA World Cup finals.
Seedings for 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifiers final round draw
Pot 1: Iran (42nd), Australia (50th)
Pot 2: Korea Republic (56th), Japan (57th)
Pot 3: Saudi Arabia (60th), Uzbekistan (66th)
Pot 4: United Arab Emirates (68th), China PR (81st)
Pot 5: Qatar (83rd), Iraq (105th)
Pot 6: Syria (110th), Thailand (119th)
The two third-placed teams will face each other over two legs, with the winner taking on the side that finishes fourth in the fifth round of the CONCACAF qualifiers in a two-legged inter-confederation playoff.
‘An amazing story’: Patrice Evra leads social media tributes to Mabil, Deng debuts
There was a lot to like about the Caltex Socceroos win over Kuwait on Tuesday (AEDT) but arguably the biggest highlight was the international debuts of youngsters Awer Mabil and Thomas Deng. The pair were both second-half substitutes and combined on the right flanks, with Mabi
Stats review: Breaking down the Caltex Socceroos win over Kuwait
The Caltex Socceroos made a blistering start to the Graham Arnold era on Tuesday morning (AEDT) with their emphatic 4-0 win over Kuwait. The performance and result not only made a big statement of what this Australian team is set to deliver under their new boss, but also snapp
Opposition watch: Korea Republic stays unbeaten despite surrendering lead
Korea Republic’s unbeaten run has continued ahead of next month’s friendly against the Caltex Socceroos after a draw with Panama on Wednesday morning (AEDT). After last week’s impressive 2-1 win over Uruguay in Seoul, the Koreans were held to a 2-2 draw by the Central American
AFC U-19 Championship preview: Young Socceroos on the hunt for FIFA U-20 World Cup qualification
Some of Asia’s future football stars will gather in Kuala Lumpur as the AFC U-19 Championship kicks off on Thursday. And our Young Socceroos are out to show the world they mean business. A place at the FIFA U-20 World Cup in Poland next year is at stake for Ante Milicic and