The Socceroos could be denied a sold-out home World Cup qualifying playoff match under a shift considered by FIFA.
The NZ Herald reports football’s world governing body is considering switching its two-legged inter-confederation playoffs to a single winner-takes-all affair, possibly staged in Qatar, hosts of the 2022 tournament.
That could mean Australia’s World Cup fate is decided in an empty overseas stadium and in the dead of night, making for tough viewing.
Australia has twice needed the inter-confederation playoffs to win through to the World Cup in its last four appearances. (TheWestAustralian)