FIFA confirms intercontinental playoffs for World Cup spots to be one-off matches at neutral venues

FIFA has confirmed the World Cup 2022 inter-confederation qualifying playoffs might be performed as one-off matches at impartial venues.

The choice means the Socceroos could be denied a sold-out house tie had been they to be pressured into the playoffs.

However they might additionally keep away from a hostile away leg as has been encountered up to now.

The matches will function one nation every from the Asia, South America, Oceania and North America confederations, and can happen on June 13 and 14, 2022.

On November 26, FIFA will make the draw at its Zurich headquarters, though the nations representing every confederation is not going to be identified for some months but.

FIFA will make the World Cup event draw on April 1 in Doha.

It has been speculated the matches might be in Qatar, however as that will be in the midst of the summer season in excessive warmth a European venue could also be most well-liked.

Wherever it’s it’s unlikely to be a pleasant time for Australian tv viewers, although a European venue would appeal to help from Australians abroad.

Australia has twice wanted the inter-confederation play-offs to win by to the World Cup in its previous 4 appearances.

In 2005, the Socceroos ended a 32-year World Cup drought by beating Uruguay on penalties after a two-legged play-off, and in 2017 Mile Jedinak’s hat-trick noticed Australia previous Honduras en path to Russia for the 2018 World Cup.

On each events greater than 77,000 folks packed into Homebush Stadium for the ultimate leg, offering the ultimate push for Australia’s qualifying effort.

After shedding play-offs to Uruguay (2001), Iran (1997), Argentina (1993) and Scotland (1985), Australia may very well be pressured into one other inter-confederation play-off subsequent 12 months to succeed in Qatar.

An Australian footballer is surrounded by Uruguay defenders as he falls backwards going for the ball in a World Cup playoff.
The Socceroos have needed to journey to some hostile venues for previous Intercontinental playoffs, equivalent to Montevideo in 2001 towards Uruguay.(Getty Pictures: / Allsport: Gary M Prior)

Graham Arnold’s aspect at the moment sits third in its qualifying group.

If the Socceroos stay there they may play the third-placed staff from the opposite Asian qualifying pool, with the winner progressing to the ultimate play-off.

The choice is unlikely to be welcomed by Soccer Australia.

Given restricted success at World Cup finals, the house play-off legs towards Uruguay and Honduras are two of essentially the most memorable events in Australian soccer historical past.

The play-off additionally brings bumper pay days for host international locations.