Australia plays its 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifier against Thailand. Football Federation Australia moved to Asia in 2005 in search of a) qualification for the World Cup and b) more consistent quality opponents. But under the new expanded 2026 World Cup format, some of the motivation for turning to Asia may no longer apply to Australia. But Cockerill suggests there is an even bigger reason for Australia to come home to Oceania - the hope of hosting a World Cup tournament at some point. Well, no Australia, no World Cup.
Source: Otago Daily Times January 12, 2017 01:56 UTC