Soccer, or football as it is known Down Under, has deep roots in Australian culture. A professional soccer league, the A-League, has been running in Australia since 2005, and the sport has a sizable fan base despite the dominance of other sports like Australian rules football and rugby league. The Socceroos, as the national team is known, has had some success on the international stage. They have qualified for the World Cup four times, and they have won the OFC Nations Cup and the Asian Cup.
The Football Federation of Australia (FFA) oversees the growth, publicity, and administration of soccer in Australia. The FFA participates in both the Fédération Internationale de Football Association and the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) (FIFA).
There is a robust youth development system that has spawned many talented players over the years, and the sport is played at all levels, from amateur to professional. Several clubs in the A-League boast dedicated fan bases and a high level of play. The league has also improved thanks to the addition of several internationally renowned players and coaches.
Australia's national soccer team has been steadily improving on the international stage, and the sport as a whole is experiencing sustained growth in popularity.
Four major soccer succes stories that define Australian soccer
Australia was the first Oceanian nation to qualify for the World Cup when it did so in 1974, when the tournament was held in West Germany. Even though they were knocked out in the first round, this was still a major victory for the country and the team.
Australia became the first Oceanian nation to qualify for the World Cup twice when they did so in 2006, when the tournament was held in Germany. The team advanced to the second round before being eliminated by eventual winners Italy.
Australia won the 2015 Asian Cup, which was held in their home country. They beat South Korea in the final by a score of 2-1 to win their first major international trophy. The victory was hailed as a watershed moment for the Australian national team and a major milestone in Australian football history.
In the 2022 World Cup Australia managed another big succes by reaching the second round and were only narrowly beaten by the later champions Argentina.