Australia to host Yemen in 2-match Oly qualifiers

FIFA has confirmed that Australia will host both matches in an

Olympic qualifying series against Yemen this month due to unrest in

the Middle East nation.

Football Federation Australia issued a statement Monday saying

the second-round preliminary stage Asian qualifiers would be played

at Gosford and Newcastle, both north of Sydney, on June 19 and


The FFA was advised by Australia’s government not to travel to

Yemen due to serious political unrest and violence. Australia

offered to host both legs and Yemen accepted, with FIFA

subsequently ratifying that arrangement.

The winner of the two-leg series will advance to the next stage

of Asian qualifiers for the 2012 London Olympics.