Ultimate Guide: How to watch the Socceroos take on Japan

After overcoming Oman to secure an 11th successive FIFA World Cup Qualifying victory, the Socceroos travel to Saitama to face what may be their toughest challenge yet. 

Graham Arnold's Group B leaders are set to go head to head with a Japan side desperate for three points, with kick off scheduled for 9:14pm AEDT on Tuesday, October 12. 

It's a rivalry on the international stage that always delivers... here's how you can make sure you catch all of the action. 

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Yet again, Tuesday's match will be broadcast live and free via Network Ten and 10 Play. 

Fans can watch the prime-time meeting with Japan on 10 Bold, or alternatively, stream the action via the 10 play app and website. 

To watch all of the latest involving Socceroos and the rest of Asian Qualifying, Australian football fans can visit https://10play.com.au/socceroos

For fans based outside of Australia, click here to read about how you can access the action. 

Current standings

socceroos current standings after matchday 2


Our schedule 

FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022™ – AFC Asian Qualifiers – Road to Qatar (Final Round)

Matchday 3: Australia 3-1 Oman

Matchday 4: Japan v Australia
Date: Tuesday, 12 October 2021
Venue: Saitama Stadium, Saitama, Japan
Kick-off: 7.14pm local (9.14pm AEDT)
Broadcast: Live and free in Australia on 10 Bold and 10 Play – pre-game coverage from 8.30pm AEDT

Games in the third round are scheduled to be played on the following match days: 12 October 2021, 11 November 2021, 16 November 2021, 27 January 2022, 1 February 2022, 24 March 2022 and 29 March 2022.

Due to the ever-evolving COVID-19 situation, match locations and times will be finalised in the immediate lead-up to each window. 



Thursday, 2 September 2021


Tuesday, 7 September 2021

Vietnam 0-1 AUSTRALIA

Thursday, 7 October 2021


Tuesday, 12 October 2021


Thursday, 11 November 2021

AUSTRALIA v Saudi Arabia

Tuesday, 16 November 2021


Thursday, 27 January 2022


Tuesday, 1 February 2022


Thursday, 24 March 2022


Tuesday, 29 March 2022

Saudi Arabia v AUSTRALIA

The squad

The Socceroos’ squad for October’s FIFA window is comprised of 23 overseas-based players, with two (2) representatives – Melbourne Victory’s Chris Ikonomidis and Sydney FC’s Rhyan Grant – selected from A-League Men.

Ongoing hotel quarantine requirements in Australia remain challenging for Football Australia and domestic-based players hoping to play for the Socceroos. 

Attacker Ikonomidis, however, has committed to the October window despite the prospect of having to undertake two weeks of hotel quarantine upon his return to Australia, while Grant, after he scored his first goal for Australia at senior international level last month, remained abroad and trained in Hibernian FC’s high-performance environment alongside fellow Socceroo Martin Boyle to maintain his fitness to be prepared for Socceroos selection.

READ MORE: 25 players selected for Socceroos' October Qualifiers in Qatar and Japan

Socceroos 25-Player Squad | 4 – 12 October 2021 | FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022™ – AFC Asian Qualifiers – Road to Qatar (Final Round)


Club, Country

‘A’ Caps (Goals)

Junior Club
(Member Federation/Country)


Lommel SK, Belgium

6 (1)

Mascot Vipers Futsal Club (Football NSW)


Giresunspor, Turkey

43 (2)

Meadow Park SC (Football Victoria)

Martin BOYLE

Hibernian FC, Scotland

8 (4)

Lewis United FC/Montrose FC (Scotland)


Blackpool FC, England

3 (0)

Samford Rangers FC (Football Queensland)

Mitchell DUKE

Fagiano Okayama, Japan

11 (5)

Liverpool Rangers SC (Football NSW)

Callum ELDER

Hull City AFC, England

1 (0)

Manly United FC (Football NSW)


Toulouse FC, France

1 (0)

Brighton SC (Football Victoria)


Sydney FC, Australia

16 (1)

Canowindra Juniors/Bathurst 75 (Football NSW)


Eintracht Frankfurt, Germany

9 (1)

Heatherton United SC (Football Victoria)

Jackson IRVINE

FC St. Pauli, Germany

39 (6)

Ringwood City SC (Football Victoria)


Melbourne Victory, Australia

14 (2)

Cronulla RSL Stingrays FC (Football NSW)


Aris Thessaloniki, Greece

7 (0)

Green Gully SC (Football Victoria)


Brescia Calcio, Italy

3 (1)

NK Lokomotiva (Croatia)


FC Midtjylland, Denmark

19 (5)

Saint Augustines SC (Football South Australia)


Kuwait SC, Kuwait

21 (0)

Para Hills Knights SC (Football South Australia)


Birmingham City FC, England

5 (0)

Gawler Eagles FC (Football South Australia)

Aaron MOOY

Shanghai Port FC, China PR

45 (6)

Carlingford Redbacks FC (Football NSW)


Celtic FC, Scotland

49 (9)

Tuggeranong United FC (Capital Football)

Mathew RYAN (Gk)

Real Sociedad, Spain

63 (0)

Blacktown City FC (Football NSW)


KV Kortrijk, Belgium

52 (3)

Armadale SC (Football West)


Stoke City FC, England

7 (6)

Brechin City Boys Club (Scotland)


Cerezo Osaka, Japan

14 (6)

ECU Joondalup SC (Football West)

Lawrence THOMAS (Gk)

SønderjyskE Fodbold, Denmark

1 (0)

Winston Hills Bears FC (Football NSW)

Danny VUKOVIC (Gk)

NEC Nijmegen, Netherlands

4 (0)

St Clair United SC (Football NSW)

Bailey WRIGHT Sunderland AFC, England 24 (1)  Langwarrin SC (Football Victoria)

The locations

October 12's away fixture against Japan will take place in Saitama, at the Saitama Stadium 2002. Kick-off is scheduled for 9:14pm AEDT (7:14pm local time), with a limited capacity crowd expected. 

Moving forward, Football Australia are in advanced discussions with the NSW Government regarding the Socceroos hosting a designated home AFC Asian Qualifier – Road to Qatar match against Saudi Arabia on 11 November, in Sydney under a Quarantine Management Plan. 

WATCH: Match Highlights - Socceroos v China

The equation

The Socceroos are taking on Japan, Saudi Arabia, China PR, Oman, and Vietnam in the Final Round of AFC Asian Qualifiers for the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022™.

The draw saw Australia pooled in Group B of qualification, with Group A containing IR Iran, Korea Republic, United Arab Emirates, Iraq, Syria, and Lebanon.

To qualify for a fifth consecutive FIFA World Cup™, Australia must finish either first or second in Group B, which includes ten matches to be played from September 2021 to March 2022, to qualify directly.

A third-place finish would send the Socceroos to a play-off against the third-place team from Group A, followed by an intercontinental play-off.

WATCH: Australia v Oman - Extended Highlights

The journey so far 

Australia made a perfect start their 2022 FIFA World Cup qualifiers, advancing through their first group in perfect fashion. 

With the first four matches played in late 2019 and final half of the group played out in June 2021, the Socceroos secured eight-straight victories: with seven of those coming away from home.

Graham Arnold's side notched an impressive 28 goals at an average of 3.5 per game, while conceding just the two.

A 3-0 win in Kuwait kicked off the campaign, as Mathew Leckie bagged a memorable brace and Aaron Mooy curled home a stunner to ensure the result.  

A month later, the Socceroos returned home to Canberra where they played out a comfortable 5-0 victory over Nepal. Jamie Maclaren stole the show with his first international hat trick, while Harry Souttar instantly endeared himself to the Australian fans with a brace on debut.  

Five days later, the squad travelled to Chinese Taipei where they secured their most emphatic result so far, overcoming the home nation 7-1 at Kaohsiung National Stadium. Adam Taggart, Jackson Irvine and Souttar all registered braces, as Ajdin Hrustic came off the bench to chip in with a trio of assists. 

Socceroos Jordan
During the Socceroos' return to action in June 2021, seven players were handed their international debuts

Exactly a month later, it was a whole lot closer when Australia travelled to face Jordan in Amman. But Arnold's side managed to get the job done in difficult conditions, with a solitary Adam Taggart goal ensuring the Socceroos would return home with a priceless three points. 

When the full time whistle blew on that night in November 2019, no one would have suspected that the Socceroos would wait another 18 months before returning to action. 

But that was exactly the case, as the Asian Qualifiers finally resumed within a hub based in Kuwait City. 

Despite the lengthy intermission, Australia would come away with another four important victories to ensure they sealed top spot in Group B and advanced to within striking distance of a fifth-straight FIFA World Cup Finals appearance. 

Round 3 kicked off in perfect fashion, with a 3-0 win over China in Doha sealing top spot of Group B with one round played. 

History was made a few days later, as a tight 1-0 victory away in Vietnam not only maintained Australia's perfect record, but also saw them become the first AFC nation to secure 10 victories in a single qualifying campaign. 

The records continued to tumble following a 3-1 win over Oman in Doha, to kick off October's action - as goals from Awer Mabil, Martin Boyle and Mitch Duke saw Australia become the first nation in FIFA World Cup qualifying history to win 11-straight games in a single campaign.