One month to go: How to watch the Socceroos' return

It's been a long wait, but in a month's time, the Socceroos will finally return for their first fixtures since November 2019. 

As the countdown to kick off in Kuwait continues, here is exactly how, when and where you can watch Australia continue their journey to the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022. 

The Asian Football Confederation (AFC) have recently confirmed kick off times and host stadiums for the hub-based matches. 

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The key match details

Australia v Kuwait

Thursday, 3 June 2021 (4 June AEST)
Venue: Jaber Al-Hamad International Stadium
Kick-off: 9.30pm local, 4.30am AEST (Friday morning)
Watch on Fox Sports, Kayo Sports, ABC TV, and My Football Live App.

Nepal v Australia

Monday, 7 June 2021 (8 June AEST)
Venue: Jaber Al-Hamad International Stadium
Kick-off: 7.30pm local, 2.30am AEST (Tuesday morning)
Watch on Fox Sports, Kayo Sports, SBS Television, and My Football Live App.

Australia v Chinese Taipei

Friday, 11 June 2021 (12 June AEST)
Venue: Kuwait Sports Club Stadium
Kick-off: 7.30pm local, 2.30am AEST (Saturday morning)
Watch on Fox Sports, Kayo Sports, ABC TV, and Football Live App.

Australia v Jordan

Tuesday, 15 June 2021 (16 June AEST)
Venue: Kuwait Sports Club Stadium
Kick-off: 9.30pm local, 4.30am AEST (Wednesday morning)
Watch on Fox Sports, Kayo Sports, ABC TV, and My Football Live App.

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The journey so far 

Australia has made a strong start to their 2022 FIFA World Cup qualifiers, winning all four matches played in 2019, with three of those coming away from home.

Graham Arnold's side notched an impressive 16 goals at an average of four per game while conceding just the one.

A 3-0 win in Kuwait - the same location the Socceroos will be heading to in June - kicked off the campaign in September. On that day 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. 

Exactly a month later, it was a whole lot closer when the 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. 

So where exactly does that leave the Socceroos when it comes to advancing to the next stage on the journey to Qatar? 

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The equation 

Australia will need to finish as group winners or one of the best four runners-up to advance to the third round of Asian Football Confederation (AFC) qualifying for the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022™️.

At that stage 12 countries will be split into two groups of six, with the top two teams from each group advancing to the FIFA World Cup and the two third-placed nations playing out an Asian and intercontinental play-off.

As things stand, the Socceroos are top of Group B on 12 points - two points ahead of Kuwait and Jordan who have both also played one extra game. 

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The location

The Asian Football Confederation (AFC) has confirmed that Kuwait will host Australia's remaining Group B FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022™ qualifiers in a centralised hub format.

Both the Jaber Al-Hamad International Stadium and Kuwait Sports Club Stadium will host Socceroos fixtures, with a match being played at each venue on the 3rd, 7th, 11th and 15th. 

    Keep an eye out on the Socceroos' social pages for all of the latest updates and squad news in the coming weeks. 

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