The Caltex Socceroos will face Syria in a make or break match in Round 4 of the 2018 FIFA World Cup Asian Qualifiers at Stadium Australia in Sydney on Tuesday 10 October.
The Caltex Socceroos will play away in the first leg of the Asian Play-Off which will occur five days earlier.
The winner of the Asian Play-off will then face the fourth placed team from the CONCACAF region in a two-legged home and away series in November for a place at the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia.
Football Federation Australia (FFA) CEO David Gallop, said a big crowd could make the difference. “Stadium Australia has been a successful venue for us in the past. We’ve had some very special results there and I’m sure this will be another one,” he said.
“FFA has partnered with the NSW Government to bring this match to Sydney and I hope that everyone who can will get there and get behind our team.
“We are all disappointed that we did not achieve direct qualification from our group but we are confident we can still make it to Russia. It’s just a longer, harder road but we are focused on supporting Ange, his support staff and the playing group. We are experienced in the challenges of being on the road for away games but being at home brings our players in from the four corners of the globe and we expect it to be a big occasion for the football family and the nation.
NSW Minister for Tourism and Major Events Adam Marshall said: “The NSW Government is proud to be supporting this hugely important event and bring it to Sydney’s Stadium Australia. I encourage every football fan to secure their tickets, make it a memorable night and show their support for the Socceroos in Sydney.”
Members of the Football Family will be able to secure their tickets from 9am on Friday 8 September with tickets going on sale to the general public at midday on Tuesday 12 September. Tickets and ticketing information will be available from www.socceroos.com.au/tickets
Poll: choose your Caltex Socceroos starting XI to face Colombia in London
After Saturday morning’s (AEDT) loss to Norway, the Caltex Socceroos get a chance at redemption when they take on Colombia in London. Coach Bert van Marwijk handed debuts to the likes of Dimitri Petratos, Andrew Nabbout and Aleksandar Susnjar in Oslo and is sure to freshen up
What’s next for the Caltex Socceroos?
While Bert van Marwijk’s debut game as Caltex Socceroos coach didn’t go to plan, the side gets a chance to put things right when they take on Colombia in London on Wednesday morning (Australian time). The South Americans are a dangerous side, having beaten Australia’s Group C
Opponent Watch: Deschamps slams ‘cocky’ France
The Caltex Socceroos weren’t the only team in pre-World Cup friendly action this weekend, with all three of their Group C opponents in Russia featuring in matches. And Australia’s first opponents at the World Cup France suffered a setback in their preparations against Colombia
Analysis: debutants Petratos, Susnjar the positives after Oslo loss
Result aside, Dimi Petratos and Aleksandar Susnjar had assured debuts on Saturday morning. It was encouraging to see two starting XI debutants given a chance in Bert van Marwijk’s first game in charge. REPORT: Caltex Socceroos undone by Norway in BvM's maiden match ANAL