The Socceroos’ March 30 World Cup qualifier against Nepal in Kathmandu has been postponed.
Due to the ongoing impact of COVID-19 on travel, the game – as well as Australia’s other three remaining matches in the current round of qualifiers against Kuwait, Chinese Taipei and Jordan – will now be played between May 31 and June 15 as part of a centralised format.
Australia had been due to host Kuwait, Chinese Taipei and Jordan.
Where the centralised format for the remaining Group B matches will be held is yet to be determined.
“With FIFA having expanded the June window to allow for international matches from 31 May to 15 June, we will need to utilise that period to complete our remaining Group B fixtures prior to the June 15 deadline,” Football Australia CEO James Johnson said.
“We remain committed to the restart of national team football in a COVID-safe manner as soon as possible, and will work with AFC and FIFA, as well as the football associations of Nepal, Jordan, Kuwait, and Chinese Taipei, to play out our remaining qualifiers in a suitable location.”
The Socceroos – who lead Group B by two points and have a perfect record from four matches – last week withdrew from this year’s Copa America due to the backlog of World Cup qualifiers in June.