The Asian Cup is set to take place early in 2019, and the Socceroos will kick off their lead up to the event with a couple of friendlies in November of 2018. Entering the tournament as the reigning champions for the first time ever, Australia will head to the United Arab Emirates with a lot of confidence, and using the information below you can catch all the action on your TV or stream the action live to a mobile device.
Socceroos 2018-19 Preview
After not making the final four in the first fourteen incarnations of the Asian Cup, Australia have hit their form in the last couple of events. In 2011, the Socceroos made it to the final for the first time, where they were defeated 1-0 by Japan. At the following tournament, in 2015 on their home turf, they went one better, beating South Korea 2-1 in the final for an inaugural Asian Cup championship. New coach Graham Arnold will be tasked with defending the Cup in 2019 in what will be his biggest job since taking over from World Cup coach Bert van Marwijk.
When: 5 January – 1 February
Where: United Arab Emirates
The Socceroos will enter this tournament as one of the favourites to take it out – despite a disappointing 2018 World Cup campaign, they remain one of the most talented sides in the world of Asian Cup football. They will head Group B as the top ranked team, though Syria and Jordan have plenty of potential to cause some damage. The likes of Iran, Japan and South Korea will be Australia’s main competition in the broader scheme of things, while Saudi Arabia and hosts United Arab Emirates will also fancy their chances. Australia will have a great chance to build momentum in their November friendlies on home soil against Korea Republic in Brisbane and Lebanon in Sydney, and if you can’t find them Free to Air on your big screen TV, or if you happen to be out and about, you can still stream matches live online.
Socceroos 2018 Live TV Times (AEDT)
Saturday November 17 LIVE: Australia vs Korea Republic at 7.50pm (Fox Sports 3/Ten)
Tuesday November 20 LIVE: Australia v Lebanon at 7.30pm (Fox Sports 3/Ten)
Shown as Sydney time, adjust for regional differences. Socceroos replays available Fox Sports of Australia at varying times after the completion of the match.
Watch or Stream the Socceroos Live
There are plenty of options available to watch the Socceroos friendlies here in November. The matches against Korea Republic and Lebanon will both be shown live on the Socceroos free to air provider Channel Ten, as well the Telstra My Football Live app and Fox Sports 3 (Foxtel).
Residents of Australia can access Fox Sports through the Foxtel from Telstra sport combo. With the sports combo you can watch the matches from the comfort of home, and if you have to be out and about you can stream the Socceroos free to eligible devices with the Foxtel Go app. Telstra customers can stream the games using the My Football Live App for no charge, while non-subscribers can grab a weekly, monthly or annual pass.
2019 Asian Cup Live TV Fixtures (AEDT)
Asian Cup: Australia v Jordan at 10.00pm, 6 January, 2019
Asian Cup: Australia v Palestine at 10.00pm, 11 January, 2019
Asian Cup: Australia v Syria at 12.30am, 16 January, 2019
Note: Socceroos vs Peru free to air broadcasts may not be available in all locations.
Socceroos Asian Cup Qualifying
The Socceroos and Korea Republic have not played each other since the last Asian Cup (2015), where they met in the championship final, where Australia prevailed 2-1 in extra time. This will be a really good test for Australia, because despite sitting comfortably above Korea Republic in the FIFA Rankings, both teams are trending up and the match will be played at Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane where the Green and Gold are expected to handled anything thrown their way.
The second friendly prior to the Asian Cup in January of 2019 sees the Socceroos host Lebanon at ANZ Stadium in Sydney. Once again the Green and Gold will be favoured to win, and do so comfortably, with some forty spots in the standings separating the two sides. This will be the last chance for players to impress and make it hard to ignore them for a spot in the first team for the opening group game of the Asian Cup, on January 6, 2019.