The Socceroos will host Lebanon at CommBank Stadium in Sydney in next year’s 2026 FIFA Men’s World Cup qualifying.
Australia have locked in the Western Sydney venue – home of Isuzu UTE A-League side Western Sydney Wanderers – for the qualifier on Thursday, 21 March 2024.
The Socceroos have won their opening two World Cup qualifiers in Melbourne and Kuwait and the second round of qualifying on the road to 2026 will continue in March following the 2024 AFC Asian Cup, which will run from January to February in Qatar.
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“Our players are scattered across the world when playing for their clubs, the excitement they have to come together as a group and represent the nation has been a cornerstone of our success,” said head coach Graham Arnold.
“The opportunity to play in front of home fans and feel the energy they bring is so valuable for us, it provides a massive lift, not just in those individual moments but for the many that follow in our qualification journey.
“For the likes of Maty Ryan, Mitch Duke, Keanu Baccus and others from New South Wales, it’s important they enjoy the chance to wear the Australian jersey in their hometown in front of friends and family.
“It doesn’t matter how many times it comes about, playing in front of those who have helped you on your journey through football is such a rewarding and humbling experience, and celebrating that is an integral part of the culture we’ve built within the squad.”
Football Australia (FA) CEO James Johnson added: “We are thrilled to host the Subway Socceroos for this FIFA World Cup 2026 Qualifier at CommBank Stadium, a venue renowned for its world-class facilities.
“This event not only signifies the resumption of our journey towards the FIFA World Cup but also reflects the vibrant football culture in New South Wales, thanks to the region’s high grassroots participation rates.
“We are grateful for the support of the NSW Government and Destination NSW. Their commitment has been instrumental in bringing such high-calibre fixtures and events to our shores. This partnership also reflects our shared commitment to fostering football at the community level, including the recently held National Youth Championships.
“We look forward to delivering an exceptional experience for players and fans alike.”