Socceroos goalkeeper Mark Schwarzer says this World Cup campaign has shown what players already knew - just how difficult qualifying through Asia can be.
The Young Socceroos have made the Asian under-19 championship semi-finals, securing passage to next year's under-20 World Cup.
Despite struggling in the A-League, Adelaide United remain Australia's most consistent performers in the Asian Champions League.
Clive Palmer's rival soccer organisation has been given short shrift by both FIFA and the Asian Football Confederation, who are backing the FFA.
Two more A-League clubs have failed at the Asian Champions League group stage. So considering the hurdles they face to compete, is it worth taking part?
Melbourne Victory are out of the Asian Champions League and skipper Kevin Muscat's playing career is over after a 1-1 draw with Korea's Jeju United.
A competition and an opponent which managed to reduce the Socceroos' standing in Asia from giants to goats won't be allowed to do so again, says Lucas Neill.
Adelaide United coach Aurelio Vidmar admitted his side was outclassed in all facets of their Asian Champions League final hammering by Japan's Gamba Osaka.
Asia's two deadliest football weapons are set to shape the World Cup destinies of the Socceroos and Qatar on Wednesday night, according to the teams' coaches.
The Socceroos are set to give back to Australia and its taxpayers as they attempt to leverage millions in trade through their World Cup qualifying journey.
The Socceroos will go into their World Cup qualifier against Iraq in Dubai this weekend as Asia's top ranked soccer team.