The Socceroos have withdrawn from this yr’s Copa America as a result of a backlog of 2022 World Cup qualifiers.
Australia had been invited to participate within the South American nations match, which is happening in Argentina and Colombia in June and July.
The match had been delayed by a yr due to COVID-19.
With the pandemic additionally having led to a number of of Australia’s World Cup qualifiers being postponed and rescheduled, Soccer Australia has made the choice to drag out of the Copa America.
“It’s with nice disappointment that Australia can not function on the Copa America in 2021,” FA chief government James Johnson stated.
“Regrettably, the worldwide soccer calendar, together with our FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 qualification schedule, has been considerably disrupted over the previous 12 months by the COVID-19 pandemic.
“On behalf of the Australian soccer group, I wish to thank CONMEBOL for his or her heat invitation to the match, in addition to their continued dialogue concerning our participation over the previous yr.
“We might additionally prefer to thank AFC and FIFA which supported our invitation to the match.
“To have participated in such a prestigious competitors and to expertise the distinctive South American soccer tradition would have been a thrill for Australian gamers, employees and followers alike.
“We want CONMEBOL each success within the supply for the Copa America and stay eager for a possibility to take part in future editions of the competitors.”
Socceroos coach Graham Arnold stated his workforce been enormously wanting ahead to the distinctive alternative of enjoying within the Copa America”.
“It’s unlucky that, as a result of COVID-19 pandemic, we can be unable to attend in 2021,” Arnold stated.
“On behalf of the workforce I thank CONMEBOL for the invitation, which might have offered our workforce with a unbelievable alternative to check itself in opposition to among the world’s finest.”
Australia was to have been in Group A with Argentina, Chile, Uruguay, Paraguay and Bolivia.
Qatar, who had additionally been invited to the Copa America, have additionally withdrawn from the match.
The Socceroos’ subsequent World Cup qualifier is on March 30 in opposition to Nepal in Kathmadu.
In June, the Australians proceed their qualifying marketing campaign with dwelling matches in opposition to Kuwait, Chinese language Taipei and Jordan.