Socceroos gets special SKIP hotel quarantine exemption with foreign team to play crucial World Cup match in Australia
- Plans for Australia men’s soccer team to play World Cup qualifier on home soil
- Proposal for the Socceroos and opponents to circumvent strict quarantine rules
- Would enter the five day accommodation and training bubble and leave the next day
- No interaction with fans with nets around the pitch to avoid balls in the crowd
The Australian Socceroos could be granted an exemption to skip the hotel quarantine to play a crucial World Cup qualifier at home.
Football Australia is in talks with New South Wales governments and the federal government to allow Europe-based Socceroos and their international opponents to circumvent strict quarantine laws.
The mandatory two-week hotel quarantine has been in effect for anyone arriving on Australian soil since the coronavirus pandemic hit our shores in early 2020.
Instead of undergoing 14 days of quarantine, players and officials would enter a five-day accommodation and training bubble upon arrival, the Sunday Telegraph reported.
The World Cup qualifier would be played in Sydney five days later and both teams would leave Australia the following day, with the most Socceroos in Europe.
The Australian Socceroos (pictured before a match in 2019) may need to circumvent quarantine rules to play a World Cup qualifier on home soil
No other sports team has been granted this unprecedented access during the pandemic, in an effort to anger hundreds of people separated from their loved ones during quarantine and unable to obtain an exemption.
FA wants to make the proposal so eager that they are willing to invest tens of thousands of dollars in the highly detailed biosafety exercise.
There would be no interaction with fans or the public while the teams are in Australia.
A net would also be placed around the field to prevent the ball from being booted into the crowd during the match.
Home advantage in the third qualifying round is considered essential in Socceroos’ quest for a sixth World Cup in Qatar in November 2022.
The Socceroos’ winning percentage is 86 percent in Australia, compared to 30 percent winning records abroad.
The Socceroos and their opponents would enter a five-day accommodation bubble instead of undergoing 14 days of hotel quarantine (pictured in Melbourne)
“There are huge details that go into making sure this can happen safely,” FA chief James Johnson told the Sunday Telegraph.
“The main goal is to keep the community safe.
NSW Deputy Prime Minister John Barilaro has vowed to do everything he can to make it happen.
“Covid poses many obstacles, but the NSW government and Football Australia are in talks and working towards the same goal,” he said.
It is estimated that as many as 30,000 Australians are still stuck abroad awaiting a place on a plane to fly home, while much of the rest of the world still struggles to contain Covid-19.
The Socceroos would not interact with fans (pictured during a previous match) during their stay in Australia