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Australia
Shirt badge/Association crest
Nickname(s) Socceroos
Association Football Federation Australia
Confederation AFC (Asia)
Sub-confederation AFF (Southeast Asia)
Head coach Graham Arnold
Captain Mark Milligan
Most caps Mark Schwarzer (109)
Top scorer Tim Cahill (50)
FIFA code AUS
First colours
Second colours
FIFA ranking
Current 42 Decrease 1 (7 February 2019)
Highest 14 (September 2009)
Lowest 102 (November 2014)
Elo ranking
Current 45 Decrease 10 (3 March 2019)
Highest 9 (14 August 2001)
Lowest 75 (November 1965)
First international
 New Zealand 3–1 Australia 
(Dunedin, New Zealand; 17 June 1922)
Biggest win
 Australia 31–0 American Samoa 
(Coffs Harbour, Australia; 11 April 2001)
(World record for senior international matches)
Biggest defeat
 Australia 0–8 South Africa 
(Adelaide, Australia; 17 September 1955)
World Cup
Appearances 5 (first in 1974)
Best result Round of 16 (2006)
Asian Cup
Appearances 4 (first in 2007)
Best result Champions (2015)
OFC Nations Cup
Appearances 6 (first in 1980)
Best result Champions (1980,
1996, 2000, 2004)
Copa América
Appearances 1 (first in 2020)
Confederations Cup
Appearances 4 (first in 1997)
Best result Runners-up (1997)
Mark Viduka 2005 WCQ
Socceroo captain, Mark Viduka

Australia national football team is the national football team of Australia. Its official nickname is "the Socceroos". The team is under the control of the Football Federation Australia (FFA), which is a member of the Asian Football Confederation. It has also been invited to join the ASEAN Football Federation. Australia's Youth teams play in the ASEAN Youth Tournaments. Australia has been the Oceania Football Confederation champion four times, and has been at three World Cup finals tournaments, in 1974, 2006 and 2010. FIFA Rankings show the Australian National Football team is one of the strongest countries in Asia, and is currently ranked 20th in the world by FIFA. Australia made it to the round of 16 in the 2006 World Cup held in Germany and were knocked out in controversial circumstances by eventual champions Italy. Australia's 2010 world cup finals campaign was also blighted by controversial and mostly incorrect refereeing decisions and lead to the teams eventual elimination in the group stages despite a 2-1 win over a higher ranked Serbian team and a draw against Ghana. Australia will now prepare for the Asian cup in early 2011 and the 2014 world cup qualification.

Most appearances

Pos Player Apps Goals Career
1 Alex Tobin 87 2 1988-1998
2 Paul Wade 84 10 1986-1996
3 Tony Vidmar 76 3 1991-2006
4 Brett Emerton 69 16 1998-present
5 Peter Wilson 64 3 1970-1977
6 Mark Schwarzer 63 0 1993-present
7 Attila Abonyi 61 25 1967-1977
8 John Kosmina 60 25 1977-1988
8 Stan Lazaridis 60 0 1993-2006
10 Milan Ivanović 59 0 1991-1998

Top scorers

Pos Player Goals Apps Career
1 Damian Mori 29 45 1992-2002
2 John Aloisi 27 54 1997-present
3 Attila Abonyi 25 61 1967-1977
3 John Kosmina 25 60 1977-1988
5 David Zdrilić 21 30 1997-2005
5 Archie Thompson 21 27 2001-present
7 Graham Arnold 19 56 1985-1997
8 Ray Baartz 18 48 1967-1974
9 Aurelio Vidmar 17 44 - 9 Gary Cole 17 19 1978-1982

2010 World Cup

The Socceroos 2010 World Cup Squad, coached by Pim Verbeek, includes the following players:

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