After an incredible 2022, Australians are still eager to jump at the chance to see all the Socceroos upcoming games. And as the squad turns over a new leaf, the signs remain promising.
The Aussies have now been in action several times since the Qatar World Cup, with an Asian Cup campaign happening in early 2024. So there’s more football coming at us quick.
The latest: The nations that Australia will take on in the second round of World Cup qualifiers has cleared up. The Socceroos upcoming games will include qualifiers against Bangladesh, Lebanon and Palestine.
The Socceroos upcoming games: 2023-24
Here’s every upcoming Socceroos match and if you scroll down, you can find recaps on how each of their 2023 appearances have played out.
Asian Cup fixtures
Australia’s draw for the Asian Cup has been announced and the fixtures are as follows:
Australia v India | Saturday 13 January, 2024, Ahmad Bin Ali Stadium
Australia v Syria | Thursday 18 January, 2024, Jassim Bin Hamad Stadium
Australia v Uzbekistan | Tuesday 23 January, 2024, Abdullah Bin Khalifa Stadium.
The Socceroos’ group in the Asian Cup is a pretty tough battle, with Australia desperately hoping to secure another win like in 2015 — and avoid the disappointment we experienced in 2019.
Considering our successes in Qatar at last year’s World Cup, Australia is hoping to go the whole way when the Socceroos return to the country next year.
World Cup Qualifiers
The second round of World Cup Qualifiers continue.
Australia v Lebanon | March 21
Lebanon v Australia | March 26
Bangladesh v Australia | June 6
Australia v Palestine | June 11
Earlier 2023 games
Here’s a recap of every game the Aussie outfit has played across the last 12 months.
World Cup Qualifiers
The Roos most recently worked their way through the second round of World Cup Qualifiers.
Australia 7-0 Bangladesh | Thursday November 16 (Souttar 4′, Borrello 20′, Duke 37′ & 40′, Maclaren 49′, 70′ & 84′)
Palestine 1-0 Australia | Tuesday November 21 (Souttar 18′)
The Aussies got through the second round of World Cup qualifiers unscathed, beating Bangladesh comfortably and then edging out Palstine in an emotion-charged affair; Harry Souttar netted the all-important goal in the 18th minute.
Australia v New Zealand, Friendly
Tuesday 17 October, Gtech Community Stadium, Brentford (London)
RESULT: Australia 2 – 0 New Zealand (Harry Souttar 13′, Jackson Irvine 76′)
The Socceroos snuck in two captivating internationals through the October international window, both in London. Football Australia billed the game against their Tasman rival as a battle for the Soccer Ashes Trophy. And that all sounded a bit jarring, so read more about the concept here. June marked the 100th anniversary since Australia’s first ever match on home soil against New Zealand.
The Socceroos were able to build some momentum, with a classy 2-0 win over New Zealand, several days after very narrowly going down to England.
Two of the side’s most important contributors were the ones that landed on the scoresheet; Harry Souttar and Jackson Irvine.
England v Australia, Friendly
Saturday 14 October, Wembley Stadium
RESULT: England 1 – 0 Australia (Watkins 57′)
The Socceroos had an exciting date with a star-studded England at none other than Wembley Stadium. It was an historic occasion; the first time that Aussie side has played at the iconic venue.
“As an Australian footballer and coach, playing England at Wembley is something all footballers dream of,” Arnold said in a statement.
“It presents to test ourselves against one of the world’s most revered footballing nations.”
The result didn’t quite go the visitors’ way, but the group can hold their heads up high. On limited preparation and against an English side – albeit labeled as ‘experimental’ – jammed full of world class stars, Australia gave a really good account of itself. The Socceroos created some genuine scoring opportunities.
Brighton and Hove Albion centre back Lewis Dunk was awarded Player of the Match; an indication of the importance of the role he played down back for the hosts. Dunk produced a goal-saving effort on his own line right before halftime, which would prove crucial in the end.
In-form Aston Villa striker Ollie Watkins was on the end of a Jack Grealish effort in the second half, which ended up being the only scoring play in the match.
Coach Arnold was a part of the only Australian mens squad to ever beat England, when they claimed a 3-1 victory at Upton Park 20 years ago.
Mexico v Australia, Friendly
Mexico v Australia | Sunday September 10, AT&T Stadium
RESULT: 2-2 (Souttar 16′, Boyle 63′ (P), Jiménez 69′ (P), Huerta 83′)
Australia v Argentina, Friendly
Australia v Argentina | Thursday June 15, Workers’ Stadium (Beijing)
RESULT: Argentina 2-0 Australia (Messi 2′, Pezzella 68′)
The Socceroos played a follow-up with Argentina in China., after a thrilling Round of 16 clash at the 2022 FIFA World Cup. GOAT Leo Messi scored inside two minutes, as the match played out a little differently to the one in Qatar.