Australia's failed Olympic team has selected an experimental squad for the dead rubber against Iraq, naming 10 newcomers in the 18-man squad.
Snow, sub-zero temperatures and a frozen pitch await the Olyroos in their critical 2012 Games qualifier against Uzbekistan in Tashkent.
Olyroos coach Aurelio Vidmar has suggested the A-League should stop when his team is playing Olympic qualifiers.
A third straight goalless draw has left the Olyroos an uphill battle to qualify for the London 2012 Olympics.
Uzbekistan have complained that Australia has enjoyed an extra 24 hours to recover ahead of their high-stakes Olympic soccer qualifier in Sydney on Sunday.
After two goalless draws, Australia's hopes of qualifying for the London Olympics could hinge on defeating table-topping Uzbekistan in Sydney.
The Matildas must beat Asian minnows Thailand to get their Olympic qualifying campaign back on track after losing to North Korea.
The Matildas plan to field all 20 squad players during an action-packed five matches in 11 days as they attempt to qualify for the Olympics in China.
The Matildas are on a roll heading to their Olympic qualifiers, while the Olyroos will battle to overcome Iraq and to secure their overseas-based stars.
The Olyroos have been drawn in a group with Iraq, Uzbekistan and the United Arab Emirates in the final Asian qualifying round for the London Olympics.
Australia must overcome bogy team Iraq to be sure of qualifying for next year's Olympic men's football tournament.
Foreign sports in foreign climes top the bucket lists of some of Australia's biggest sports bosses.
South America's winning bid to host the Olympic Games is encouraging for Australia's World Cup football hopes, federal Sports Minister Kate Ellis believes.
Australian soccer supremo Frank Lowy refuses to be cowered by the might of Europe and will go full steam ahead in his fight to host the 2018 World Cup.
Kevin Rudd won a vote of thanks from Socceroo star Harry Kewell after announcing plans to lobby FIFA for Australia's right to host the 2018 World Cup.