Australia’s new route to FIFA Earth Cup qualification has been unveiled as the Asian Football Confederation declared how its slots for the 48-group 2026 tournament will be gained.
With eight entries to arrive right from Asian qualifying – double the total from the 2022 edition – the AFC has unveiled a 4-spherical qualification program for the expanded 2026 Environment Cup in Mexico, Canada and the Usa.
Dependent on recent rankings, the Socceroos would enter qualifying in the next section, in which 36 nations will participate in across 9 groups, with only the major two teams from each and every team progressing.
All those 18 groups will split into three groups of 6 for additional spherical-robin engage in, with the leading two from every single group sealing immediate entry to the Globe Cup.
People that end third and fourth will head to a playoff spherical that includes two teams of a few teams. Equally group winners get entry to the event, although the runners-up will perform for a spot in FIFA’s intercontinental playoffs, creating the likelihood of a ninth AFC staff in the finals.
The initially round, in which the nations rated 26 to 47 in Asia will play two-leg fixtures, will be played in Oct 2023.
Australia, the AFC’s fourth-rated side, would head into qualification assured of securing one particular of the eight immediate places.
They missed the AFC’s 4 immediate entry slots for the 2022 World Cup, won by Iran, Saudi Arabia, South Korea and Japan.
The AFC explained the qualifying structure for the 2026 Planet Cup, and for the 2027 Asian Cup, was primarily based on the entry of all 47 member associations “and is issue to adjust based on the closing selection of entries”.