The Young Socceroos are just one win away from qualification for next year’s U20 World Cup in Poland after Ante Milicic’s side drew 1-1 with Jordan overnight.
The draw meant Australia finished Group C of the 2018 AFC U19 Championship in second position behind South Korea. The team now advance to the Quarter Final stage against either Saudi Arabia or Tajikistan on Monday.
The Young Socceroos’ goal came from Western Sydney Wanderer Oliver Puflett who powered home a fantastic volley in the 10th minute following a precise cross from Ipswich Town’s Ben Folami.
Jordan hit back in the second half via Omar Hani Al Zebdieh and put Australia under intense pressure as both sides battled to seal a spot in the last eight of the tournament.
If Australia advance to the 2019 U20 World Cup in Poland, it will add to a busy schedule for Australia’s national teams in 2019.
The Socceroos will compete in the Asian Cup in the United Arab Emirates in January before launching their qualification journey to the 2022 World Cup.
The Matildas will feature at the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup in France mid-year, while Australia’s U23 men’s national team will start their route to the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo with qualification fixtures in March.
The Young Socceroos will compete in Poland in May/June should they win on Monday, while in October, Australia’s Joeys will compete at the U17 World Cup in Peru after they successfully secured qualification for that tournament by reaching the semi finals of the 2018 AFC U16 Championship held in Malaysia recently.