FIFA has cleared Croatia Under-21 international Fran Karacic to switch eligibility and play for Australia at the World Cup.
FIFA says the formal "change of association'' for Croatia-born Karacic, who is named in Australia's provisional squad, was completed on Thursday.
The 22-year-old defender is eligible for Australia because his father was born there.
FIFA lets players make one change of allegiance in their career before they play a senior competitive game for a national team.
Karacic seems certain...
Australia's lack of World Cup experience will be put to the test in Russia, though defender Trent Sainsbury prefers to think of the squad having "untapped potential."
Bert van Marwijk's side are upping their preparations in a pre-tournament camp in Antalya, Turkey.
Underlining the scale of the task ahead, just seven players in the 26-man group have experience at the global event.
They are Tim Cahill, Mile Jedinak and Mark Milligan, who have multiple appearances, and Mathew Leckie, Mat Ryan, Massimo...
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Who they are
Captain: Mile Jedinak
Manager: Bert van Marwijk
FIFA rank (as of April 12, 2018): 40
How they qualified
The Socceroos qualified the hard way after finishing third behind Japan and Saudi Arabia in Group B of Asia's third...
The former CEO of the Australian Grand Prix Corporation, Judith Griggs, is set to lead the working group tasked with resolving Football Federation Australia's governance gridlock.
AAP sources say London-based lawyer Griggs is in line to become the independent chair of the FFA congress review working group.
The eight-member panel has settled on Adelaide-born Griggs as their preferred candidate, with FIFA's review committee in the process of conducting an eligibility check.
It's expected the world...