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Farawayeagle
30-06-2005, 12:55 AM
Australia accepted into Asia
SBS

SBS broke news from Germany this morning, that FIFA has unanimously accepted the integration of Australia into the Asian World Cup qualification zone.

The move has been subject to lobbying for some time from Australian parties headed by Football Federation Australia, and FIFA's acceptance rubber stamps an action even endorsed by the Asian Football Federation.

The integration means Australia's World Cup 2010 qualification campaign will be through Asia's gruelling group format, facing teams such as Japan, South Korea, Saudi Arabia and Iran home and away.

Australia will no longer face Oceania minnows such as New Zealand, Vanuatu and the Solomon Islands to eventually earn a meeting with the fifth placed nation in the tough South American region to earn their ticket to the most prestigious world sporting event.

The new system has been described as “tougher but fairer” by FFA authorities, as it ensures the Socceroos plenty of matches against tough opposition while at the same time, allowing the chance to rectify the odd hiccup – a luxury not afforded to Australia under the current system.

Men At Work
30-06-2005, 01:28 AM
:lux:

That will help grow the game here. Qualification in 2014 and hosting it in 2018 :p

chelmsfordeagle
30-06-2005, 02:06 AM
Originally posted by Men At Work
:lux:

That will help grow the game here. Qualification in 2014 and hosting it in 2018 :p

I hope Oz do get to host the world cup soon, there one of very few countries left who have yet to host the WC and already have the infrastruture and previous experience in other sports.

am pleased they are in the asia qualifying as well. will improve them and make the aisa groups more interesting

chelmsfordeagle
30-06-2005, 02:06 AM
Originally posted by Men At Work
:lux:

That will help grow the game here. Qualification in 2014 and hosting it in 2018 :p

double post. so sorry.....

Raoul Duke
30-06-2005, 05:00 AM
Is the Asian Internationals calender aligned with Europes? Otherwise there'll be a lot of Aussies missing games for their clubs. Palace fans may remember how many games Fan Zhiyi missed while he was playing for China.

chelmsfordeagle
30-06-2005, 05:21 AM
Originally posted by Raoul Duke
Is the Asian Internationals calender aligned with Europes?

it is for world cup qualifiers, not so sure about qulification for the asian champs. plus i think the finals are during the Prem season