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Socceroos to play Oman home WCQ in Qatar

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The Socceroos will once again hit the road for a home World Cup qualifier, heading to Qatar for their October 7 clash with Oman.

The Asian Football Confederation (AFC) confirmed the Socceroos would face Oman at the neutral venue of Khalifa International Stadium in Doha.

The Socceroos will then travel to Japan to face the Samurai Blue at Saitama Stadium 2002 on October 12.

Australia are top of group B after beating China 3-0 in Doha, then Vietnam 1-0 in Hanoi.

Oman are third in the standings after beating Japan 1-0 away and losing to Saudia Arabia 1-0 at home.

The Socceroos, who completed the final four games of the second round of World Cup qualifiers in a Kuwait hub, will hope this is the last time they have to host a home qualifier overseas.

The NSW government recently gave Football Australia the green light for the Matildas to host games against Brazil at Western Sydney's CommBank Stadium on October 23 and 26.

The governing body had proposed a comprehensive biosecurity plan - which allows for arrivals to bypass the mandatory 14-day hotel quarantine and instead remain in bubbles before games, having no contact with the general public.

The decision opens the door for the possibility of the Socceroos to face Saudi Arabia in a World Cup qualifier on November 11 in the harbour city.

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