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FIFA helping Australia, Honduras, New Zealand, Peru with playoff travel costs

The FC panel caution Australia not to underestimate a gritty Honduras side in the intercontinental playoff.
Jason Dasey and John Wilkinson assess Australia's keys to defeating Honduras and advancing to the 2018 World Cup.

FIFA will pay $600,000 to help teams travel to two intercontinental World Cup playoffs next month.

FIFA says it will contribute $150,000 each toward travel costs for the soccer federations of Australia, Honduras, New Zealand and Peru.

New Zealand media this week reported that soccer officials made their case to FIFA for financial help toward chartering a plane. There are no direct flights to get the All Whites team from the first leg in Wellington on Nov. 11 to the return game in Lima on Nov. 15.



Australia chooses Honduras over United States as base for qualifier

The FC panel caution Australia not to underestimate a gritty Honduras side in the intercontinental playoff.

The Socceroos will throw themselves into the fire ahead of their World Cup playoff with Honduras, opting to spend the lead-up week to their away match in the Central American nation.

Coach Ange Postecoglou and Football Federation Australia have decided against basing themselves in the United States ahead of the clash. In doing so, they'll give themselves the best chance to acclimatise.

But the Socceroos will also be at the mercy of fanatical local support eager to see their country represented in...


Australia-Honduras World Cup playoffs set for November 10 and 15

The FC panel caution Australia not to underestimate a gritty Honduras side in the intercontinental playoff.

The Socceroos have received confirmation of their World Cup qualifying schedule against Honduras but are still awaiting details of the match venue and time for the away clash.

Australia will open their two-leg series in Honduras on Friday, Nov. 10 and return for the home fixture at ANZ Stadium on Wednesday, Nov. 15.

While the match in Honduras was expected to be played at San Pedro Sula, FFA said it had yet to receive confirmation of a venue or kick-off time.

The winner of the two-leg series qualifies...

 By Jason Dasey

Tom Rogic 'good to play with' for Socceroos - Aaron Mooy

Aaron Mooy breaks down how he hoped to impact their match versus Syria and delves into his partnership with Tom Rogic.

Aaron Mooy says he enjoys playing with Tom Rogic and hopes that the British-based pair can inspire the Socceroos to victory over Honduras in next month's 2018 World Cup playoff.

The two attacking midfielders combined well in Tuesday's 2-1 victory over Syria in the AFC playoff, proving a point to sceptics who say they can't play effectively together.

Leg 2Aggregate: 3 - 2
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Mooy started on the bench, but was thrust into the game in the 11th minute after Brad Smith broke down with a leg injury. It meant that he, Rogic and...

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Australia vs. Honduras, New Zealand vs. Peru World Cup playoff guide

The intercontinental World Cup play offs are now set.

Who is in the playoffs?

The first tie features the winners of the Asian Confederation playoff, Australia. They will play Honduras, who finished fourth in the final group stage in CONCACAF to take their place. 

The second tie sees New Zealand, the winners of the Oceania region, take on Peru, who finished fifth in South America.

When will the playoffs take place?

They will be over two legs between Nov. 9 and 14. The exact match dates have...