The Socceroos have withdrawn from this 12 months’s Copa America because of a backlog of 2022 World Cup qualifiers.
Australia had been invited to participate within the South American nations match, which is going down in Argentina and Colombia in June and July.
The match had been delayed by a 12 months due to COVID-19.
With the pandemic additionally having led to a number of of Australia’s World Cup qualifiers being postponed and rescheduled, Football Australia has made the choice to tug out of the Copa America.
“It is with great disappointment that Australia cannot feature at the Copa America in 2021,” FA chief government James Johnson mentioned.
“Regrettably, the international football calendar, including our FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 qualification schedule, has been significantly disrupted over the past 12 months by the COVID-19 pandemic.
“On behalf of the Australian football community, I would like to thank CONMEBOL for their warm invitation to the tournament, as well as their continued dialogue regarding our participation over the past year.
“We would also like to thank AFC and FIFA which supported our invitation to the tournament.
“To have participated in such a prestigious competition and to experience the unique South American football culture would have been a thrill for Australian players, staff and fans alike.
“We wish CONMEBOL every success in the delivery for the Copa America and remain hopeful for an opportunity to participate in future editions of the competition.”
We thank @CONMEBOL for the invitation, and stay longing for a chance to take part in future editions of the competitors!
— Socceroos (@Socceroos) February 23, 2021
Socceroos coach Graham Arnold mentioned his workforce been vastly wanting ahead to the distinctive alternative of taking part in within the Copa America”.
“It is unfortunate that, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we will be unable to attend in 2021,” Arnold mentioned.
“On behalf of the team I thank CONMEBOL for the invitation, which would have presented our team with a fantastic opportunity to test itself against some of the world’s best.”
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 residence matches in opposition to Kuwait, Chinese Taipei and Jordan.