If the past week has taught Australia anything, it's that reaching the 2018 World Cup won't be easy.
Teenage Adelaide United wildcard Riley McGree and veteran striker Tim Cahill are in the final Socceroos squad for this month's crunch World Cup qualifiers, but Nathan Burns and Alex Gersbach have missed out.
Socceroos coach Ange Postecoglou says Tim Cahill and a trio of other regulars are not guaranteed to make his final squad for this month's crucial World Cup qualifiers, with an Adelaide teenager a surprise inclusion in an extended squad named today.
Football Federation Australia has warned A-League expansion under its current model would result in unsustainable losses that would prove calamitous for the game.
A woeful Brisbane Roar have been torn to shreds in a 6-0 AFC Champions League drubbing at the hands of South Korean side Ulsan Hyundai overnight, while Western Sydney's Asian campaign has gone from bad to worse with a 5-1 pounding by Chinese Super League heavyweights Shanghai SIPG.
Western Sydney have opened their Asian Champions League campaign in dismal fashion with a 4-0 group-stage shellacking by Japanese giants Urawa Red Diamonds.
Football Federation Australia will meet with the players' union today in the last of this week's crunch talks to nut out top-level reform.