25 players selected for Socceroos’ October Qualifiers in Qatar and Japan

25 players selected for Socceroos’ October Qualifiers in Qatar and Japan

The Socceroos’ quest to qualify for the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022™ will continue over the next two weeks in Qatar and Japan, with 25 players set to represent Australia at the upcoming FIFA window today.

After kicking off the final round of the AFC Asian Qualifiers – Road to Qatar matches with a pair of wins against China PR and Vietnam in September, the Socceroos will build on their strong start in Group B when they face Oman in Doha (October 7) and Japan in Saitama (October 12).

Socceroos’ roster for the October FIFA window consists of 23 foreign 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 a challenge for Football Australia and domestic players hoping to play for the Socceroos.

However, striker Ikonomidis has committed to the October window despite the prospect of having to endure a two-week hotel quarantine on his return to Australia, while Grant, after scoring his first goal for Australia at senior international level last month, remained abroad. and trained in the high performance environment of Hibernian FC along with fellow Socceroo Martin Boyle to maintain his fitness to be prepared for Socceroos roster.

Football Australia is currently in talks with the Victorian state government regarding the quarantine arrangements for Ikonomidis on his return to Australia and the possibility of the player being able to self-isolate at home rather than go into hotel quarantine.

Football Australia believes self-isolation would provide the player with a more favorable environment to support physical and mental well-being, prepare for the 2021/22 A-League Men’s season, and further national team selection, while the government for the community.

Arnold said he is pleased with the Australian squad for October 2021, a squad that has remained stable since September’s games but also welcomes exciting striker Ikonomidis and promising defender Fran Karacic to the Socceroos family.

“We got off to a good start in the final qualifying round last month, but immediately after the win in Vietnam and with the players back at their clubs, our focus has been on our next game against Oman and continuing our World Cup journey by securing another three points on matchday three,” Arnold said.

I am very happy with the squad we will have in Qatar and Japan for our next two games. Many of the lads will carry exceptional club form to camp, and the fact that we will be back together so soon after the September period will allow us to quickly reconnect and build on what we have been working on in the time we had together last month

“We continue to discuss quarantine options with the government for national team players and staff returning from abroad after representing Australia. As a coach, I hope these exchanges go well so that we can consider the selection of more A-League Men representatives for future rosters.”

Australia’s matches against Oman and Japan will be broadcast live and free in Australia exclusively on October 10. The broadcast of Australia’s first match in October will begin at 10am and 10am Play from 5pm AEDT on Friday, October 8, 2021.

Football Australia along with the NSW government recently announced that Commonwealth Bank will host Matildas Brazil in a two-match series in NSW on October 23 and October 26 at the CommBank Stadium in Parramatta.

Football Australia are confident that this friendly series will pave the way for the Socceroos to play AFC Asian Qualifiers – Road to Qatar (final round) matches in New South Wales from November. The Socceroos are scheduled to host Saudi Arabia in Australia on November 11, 2021.

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Socceroos Selection of 25 players | October 4 – 12, 2021 | FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022™ – AFC Asian Qualifiers – Road to Qatar (final round)


Club, Country

‘A’ caps (targets)

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)


Red Star Belgrade, Serbia

31 (1)

Blacktown City FC (NSW Football)


Blackpool FC, England

3 (0)

Samford Rangers FC (Football Queensland)

Mitchell DUKE

Fagiano Okayama, Japan

11 (5)

Liverpool Rangers SC (Soccer NSW)

Callum OLDER

Hull City AFC, England

1 (0)

Manly United FC (NSW Football)


Toulouse FC, France

1 (0)

Brighton SC (Football Victoria)


Sydney FC, Australia

16 (1)

Canowindra Juniors/Bathurst 75 (NSW Football)


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 (NSW Football)


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 (South Australia Soccer)


Kuwait SC, Kuwait

21 (0)

Para Hills Knights SC (South Australia Football)


Birmingham City FC, England

5 (0)

Gawler Eagles FC (South Australia Soccer)

Aaron MOOY

Shanghai Port FC, China PR

45 (6)

Carlingford Redbacks FC (NSW Football)


Celtic FC, Scotland

49 (9)

Tuggeranong United FC (capital football)

Mathew RYAN (Gk)

Real Sociedad, Spain

63 (0)

Blacktown City FC (NSW Football)


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)

SonderjyskE Fodbold, Denmark

1 (0)

Winston Hills Bears FC (NSW Football)


NEC Nijmegen, Netherlands

4 (0)

St Clair United SC (NSW Football)

FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022™ – AFC Asian Qualifiers – Road to Qatar (final round)

Matchday 3: Australia – Oman
Date: Thursday, October 7, 2021
Venue: Khalifa International Stadium, Doha, Qatar
Kick-off: 9:30 PM local (5:30 AM AEDT – Friday, October 8, 2021)
Broadcast: Live and Free in Australia on 10 and 10 Play – Pre-Game Coverage from 5am AEDT

Matchday 4: Japan v Australia
Date: Tuesday, October 12, 2021
Location: Saitama Stadium, Saitama, Japan
Kick-off: 7:14 PM local (9:14 PM AEDT)
Broadcast: live and free in Australia on 10 Bold and 10 Play – pre-game coverage from 8.30pm AEDT


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