Soccer, also known as football, is the most played outdoor club sport in Australia, and ranked in the top ten for television audience as of 2015. The national governing body of the sport is Football Australia (FA), which until 2019, organised the A-League, W-League, and still organises the FFA Cup, as well as the men's and women's national teams (known as the Socceroos and the Matildas ...
The history of the Australia national soccer team begins with their first international match in 1922. They have won four Nations Cup titles, in 1980, 1996, 2000 and 2004 and one Asian Cup in 2015.
Milestones in Australian Soccer History. First club and match in Australia. The first club was formed in the Sydney suburb of Parramatta in 1880, through the efforts of an English schoolmaster, John Walter Fletcher, who settled in Sydney five years earlier. On August 3.1880, Fletcher and a fellow soccer lover J.A.Todd called a meeting in Aarons Hotel to promote the English game of Association football in the colony.
While Australia's first international was played against New Zealand in 1922, its first attempt at qualification for the World Cup wasn't until 1965, and it took until 1974 before it made it. Famously, it would be another 32 years before the Socceroos would join the world's elite again.
Until recently, collective wisdom had it that the first game of soccer in Australia was played in 1880 between the Wanderers and the King’s School in Sydney.
From the 1880s the game that came to be known as Australian Rules football spread from Victoria, west to South Australia and Western Australia, and south to Tasmania. Rugby union and league prevailed in New South Wales and Queensland but, a century later in 1982, financially troubled South Melbourne relocated to Sydney.
The National Soccer League (NSL) was the first truly national premiership competition of any sporting code in Australia. But from its inception in 1977, the NSL was a highly volatile league ...
Content disclaimer: See Clearinghouse for Sport disclaimer. Australia’s sport history dates back to the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples who maintained sporting traditions closely linked with culture and day-to-day life. It was Australia's early European settlers who viewed sport as a leisure activity.