Socceroos' key dates for FIFA World Cup Qatar™️ qualifying in 2021

The Socceroos may have not taken to the pitch in 2020 but in 2021 they are set to return to action with some significant fixtures on the road to Qatar.  

Here is a run-down of the key dates to put in your calendar for the next 12 months. 

Please note that details listed below are subject to change due to the ever-evolving impact of coronavirus.

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The journey to Qatar is set to recommence in 2021, with the Socceroos currently scheduled to play out their remaining round two qualifiers in March and June. 

Australia has made a strong start to qualifying, winning all four matches played in 2019, with three of those coming away from home.


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

Australia is well on their way towards finishing as group winners or one of the best four runners-up, allowing them to advance to the third round of Asian Football Confederation (AFC) qualifying for the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022™️.

There 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.

Australia's remaining second round fixtures in 2021 are currently as follows:

  • Australia vs Kuwait (location TBC): Thursday 25th March
  • Nepal vs Australia (Dasharath Stadium, Kathmandu, Nepal): Tuesday 30th March 
  • Australia vs Chinese Taipei (location TBC): Monday 7th June
  • Australia vs Jordan (location TBC): Tuesday 15th June

In 2021, matches in round three of AFC qualifying for the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022™️ are currently due to be held on Thursday 2nd September, Tuesday 7th September, Thursday 7th October, Tuesday 12thOctober, Thursday 11th November, and Tuesday 16th November.

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