Clare Wheeler's nine-minute cameo on Tuesday offered a glimpse of something Matildas fans have crying out for: a proper defensive midfielder.
Cameron Devlin has made a fine start to life at Hearts. Ante Jukic runs the rule over the midfielder in this inaugural Socceroos Scouting Report.
Long-evident issues in the Socceroos' displays are starting to show through outcomes, and panic across Australian football is starting to set in.
Football Australia CEO James Johnson has confirmed to ESPN that the organisation has settled on two final models for a national second tier.
On an eventful night of Asian World Cup qualifiers, South Korea finally delivered a statement win while Japan gained a crucial advantage.
Australia were held to a draw by China thanks to their negative, cross-heavy tactics. Now, they'll have to work extra hard to book a World Cup spot.
China's Wu Lei converted a second-half penalty to earn a 1-1 draw with Australia on Tuesday in World Cup qualifying.
As the Asian qualifiers for the FIFA World Cup reaches its halfway mark, we look at who's on course to reach Qatar 2022 and who's as good as gone.
There are no shortage of stars gracing the Asian qualifiers for the FIFA World Cup but some unheralded names are also taking their chance to shine.
Australia's overreliance on dead balls and transitional play has left Graham Arnold's team in a precarious position in World Cup qualifying.
Japan continued working their way back to form while Iran produced a stunning come-from-behind win on Match Day 5 of the Asian World Cup qualifiers.
Australia couldn't mark their first home match in 763 days with a win over Saudi Arabia that would have boosted their hopes of reaching Qatar 2022.
There was no happy homecoming for Australia as they lost defender Harry Souttar to a suspected knee injury in a 0-0 draw against Saudi Arabia.
There will be plenty to play for as the third round of Asian qualifiers for the FIFA World Cup return for the final international break of the year.
Aaron Mooy will be absent for Australia's next two World Cup qualifiers, forcing Graham Arnold to look at alternatives in the Socceroos midfield.
Tom Rogic will miss the Socceroos' two crunch World Cup qualifying matches due to injury while Aaron Mooy is also out due to club commitments.
Match Day 4 of the FIFA World Cup Asian qualifiers did not disappoint with Japan downing Australia, while South Korea and Iran shared the spoils.
Japan put their 2022 World Cup qualification campaign back on track by snapping the Socceroos' record 11-game winning streak.
Australia's record-breaking run in World Cup qualifying ended on Tuesday when Aziz Behich's late own goal handed Japan the win.
Having shown plenty of endeavour without reward so far in the Asian World Cup qualifiers, Vietnam will be looking for victory against Oman.
Australia are setting records and in the box-seat for a fifth straight appearance at a World Cup after Friday's 3-1 qualifying win over Oman.