Uzbekistan, Qatar and Oman have stormed into the 2015 Asian Cup, but China has hit a stumbling block and Iran's bid was complicated by the fall-out of a deadly suicide blast.
The Matildas will up their preparations for the Asian Cup when they take on China on Sunday.
Boaz Solossa's thunderous equaliser rocked China's bid to reach an 11th straight Asian Cup when they were held to a 1-1 draw by Indonesia on Tuesday.
Michael Lynch Second big defeat has come due to a lack of planning and rebuilding.
Michael Lynch Jade North says too many supporters have been ready to write off Holger Osieck's line up of fringe Socceroos and hopefuls simply because the majority of them play in Australia.
Michael Lynch Having sealed World Cup qualification, Socceroos coach Holgert Osieck owes it to the nation to break some eggs as he scrambles a selection omelette for Brazil 2014.
Michael Lynch Asian Cup chief Michael Brown plans to ramp up interest in the competition.
Socceroos will kick off 2015 Asian Cup campaign in Melbourne.
The Australian women's soccer team was unable to give long-serving coach Tom Sermanni the farewell it sought as the Matildas fell short of qualifying for the East Asian Cup with a 2-1 loss to China.
Michael Lynch Australia's Asian Cup organisers want A-League to shut down for part of three-week competition.
Michael Lynch But mustering crowds for matches between minnows might prove to be tricky.
Australia has finished fourth at the Women's Asian Cup after going down to Japan 3-0 in the playoff.
The Matildas have finished fourth at the Women's Asian Cup after going down to Japan 3-0 in the playoff in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam.
Ellysse Perry and Lisa De Vanna scored to give Australia a 2-0 win over South Korea in the Women's Asian Cup on Saturday and close in on a semi-final spot.
The Matildas have been hit hard with the loss of key duo Sarah Walsh and Joanne Burgess for their women's Asian Cup campaign in Vietnam starting on Thursday.
Adelaide United's continental credentials will be put to the test on Wednesday when the Australian team meets J-League powerhouse Kashima Antlers.
Sebastian Hassett The barnstorming success of Shinji Ono has pricked the ears of one of Japanese football's other big names, Naohiro Takahara, who wants a move to the A-League.
Australian captain and J-League defender Lucas Neill flew home on Tuesday from Japan due to ‘‘family reasons,’’ his club Omiya Ardija said.
Michael Lynch Australia's golden generation has pretty much run its race.
Brad Walter For Matildas coach, Hesterine de Reus, winning medals at the 2015 World Cup in Canada and 2016 Olympic Games in Brazil are not the only goals by which she wants her tenure to be measured.