Discussion Road to Canada , Mexico & USA - 2026 FIFA World Cup

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Great result away from home 😉

Lebanon 0 Australia 5

Sees us advance to the third round 🤗 , with 2 games remaining

And yes I know the game was played in Canberra 😀
 
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Still yet to concede a goal in this phase. Aussies won 0-2 in Bangladesh, pretty easy win despite the scoreline based on the stats.

Palestine up next on Tuesday night to finish the phase.
 
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Australia 5 Palestine 0

3rd Round draw takes place on 27th June

3 Groups of 6 , Top 2 in each Group qualify directly for the 2026 World Cup
 
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Teams that qualified to the third round of qualifying:

Group winners: Qatar, Japan, South Korea, Oman, Iran, Iraq, Jordan, UAE, Australia

Group runners up: Kuwait, North Korea, China, Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan, Indonesia, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Palestine

No major shocks in which teams made it through. By FIFA ranking India (121) should have progressed ahead of Kuwait (139), Syria (89) over North Korea (118), and Vietnam (115) over Indonesia (134), but they are all close enough in the rankings that you can call them an upset. Jordan finishing ahead of Saudi Arabia in Group G was also a minor ranking upset, despite both qualifying.

I'm assuming Australia will get grouped with two other group winners and three group runner ups, but guess we find out who on the 27th. Really hope we can progress directly and not have to go through further qualifying this time around!
 
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Teams that qualified to the third round of qualifying:

Group winners: Qatar, Japan, South Korea, Oman, Iran, Iraq, Jordan, UAE, Australia

Group runners up: Kuwait, North Korea, China, Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan, Indonesia, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Palestine

No major shocks in which teams made it through. By FIFA ranking India (121) should have progressed ahead of Kuwait (139), Syria (89) over North Korea (118), and Vietnam (115) over Indonesia (134), but they are all close enough in the rankings that you can call them an upset. Jordan finishing ahead of Saudi Arabia in Group G was also a minor ranking upset, despite both qualifying.

I'm assuming Australia will get grouped with two other group winners and three group runner ups, but guess we find out who on the 27th. Really hope we can progress directly and not have to go through further qualifying this time around!
We needed South Korea to lose their final game , so we became the 3rd highest ranked team on FIFA Rankings (I gather the Top 3 get put in seperate groups).

Be unlucky to get one of Japan , Iran , South Korea + Qatar though.

Iraq , Saudi Arabia , Uzbekistan , Jordan and UAE are all tough.

Top 2 in each group advance direct, 3rd & 4th go through to the 4th Round.

Come 5th or 6th start planning for 2030.

Make sure we win all our home games and try and get a point (at least) in all our away games
 
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Moved up to 23rd on the latest FIFA rankings , but still behind Japan 17 , Iran 20 and South Korea 22.

Means we will be in Pot 2 for the 3rd Round draw , I gather the other 3 will be in Pot 1.
 
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Pot 1 - Japan , Iran , Korea

Pot 2 - Australia , Qatar , Iraq

Pot 3 - Saudi Arabia , Uzbekistan , Jordan

Pot 4 - UAE , Oman , Bahrain

Pot 5 - China , Palestine , Kyrgvz Rep

Pot 6 - North Korea , Indonesia , Kuwait
 
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Pot 1 - Japan , Iran , Korea

Pot 2 - Australia , Qatar , Iraq

Pot 3 - Saudi Arabia , Uzbekistan , Jordan

Pot 4 - UAE , Oman , Bahrain

Pot 5 - China , Palestine , Kyrgvz Rep

Pot 6 - North Korea , Indonesia , Kuwait
Randomly predicting we draw Japan, Saudi Arabia, Oman, Kyrgyzstan and Kuwait. There's a few of them we often seem to get grouped with anyway. Guess we'll find out at 5PM.
 
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Randomly predicting we draw Japan, Saudi Arabia, Oman, Kyrgyzstan and Kuwait. There's a few of them we often seem to get grouped with anyway. Guess we'll find out at 5PM.
I think we have had both Japan & Saudi Arabia the last 2 campaigns at this stage.

Pot 3 & 4 teams are all pretty strong.

Just need to win at home and get as many away draws (minimum) as possible.
 
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Odd that we get grouped with Japan and Saudi Arabia yet again. Almost like it is pre-arranged that way...

Probably just luck, but let's just say I'm not surprised.
 
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SUBWAY SOCCEROOS’ AFC ASIAN QUALIFIERS™ – ROAD TO 26 – GROUP C FIXTURES*

September 2024 FIFA Men’s International Window
MD1:
Subway Socceroos v Bahrain – Thursday, 5 September
MD2: Indonesia v Subway Socceroos – Tuesday, 10 September

October 2024 FIFA Men’s International Window
MD3:
Subway Socceroos v China PR – Thursday, 10 October
MD4: Japan v Subway Socceroos – Tuesday, 15 October

November 2024 FIFA Men’s International Window
MD5:
Subway Socceroos v Saudi Arabia – Thursday, 14 November
MD6: Bahrain v Subway Socceroos – Tuesday, 19 November

March 2025 FIFA Men’s International Window
MD7:
Subway Socceroos v Indonesia – Thursday, 20 March
MD8: China PR v Subway Socceroos – Tuesday, 25 March

June 2025 FIFA Men’s International Window
MD9:
Subway Socceroos v Japan – Thursday, 5 June
MD10: Saudi Arabia v Subway Socceroos – Tuesday, 10 June
 
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GROUPS - Third round

Group A: Iran, Qatar, Uzbekistan, UAE, Kyrgyzstan, North Korea

Group B: South Korea, Iraq, Jordan, Oman, Palestine, Kuwait

Group C: Japan, Australia, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, China, Indonesia

The top two teams of each group qualify directly for the FIFA World Cup, the third and fourth-placed teams advance to the fourth round.

Fourth round: Six third and fourth-placed teams from the third round are divided into two groups of three teams each. The teams will play against each other once in a neutral venue. The winners of each group qualify for the World Cup, and the runners-up of each group advance to the fifth round.

Fifth round: The group runners-up in the fourth round will compete home-and-away over two legs to determine the Asian representation at the inter-confederation play-o***.[2]
 
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