POSTED: Tuesday August 11th 2009

FFA Media Release: Talking football

Football Federation Australia today launched the newest addition to its social networking site to support Australia's bid to host the 2018-2022 FIFA World Cupâ„¢.

With many talented Australians playing football at a professional level overseas, the site will now regularly update supporters with an inside look into the lives of our elite players, their journey and thoughts on the global game.

This month one of Australia’s young exports Rhys Williams is featured. Williams who left Perth for Middlesbrough as a teenager was lured to play for Wales under-21s and was on the verge of senior selection. But earlier this year Williams pulled on the Qantas Socceroos shirt for the first time for the final qualifying game against Japan in June for the 2010 FIFA World Cup™.

“It was unbelievable playing for Australia,’’ Williams told

“I enjoyed playing for Wales while it lasted, but in the end it wasn’t meant to be. Australia is where I was born and where I am from and it’s a lot better playing for your own country so I’m glad it’s all sorted,” he said.

Williams, who always maintained that he would like to play for Australia even while representing Wales, is now keeping an eagle eye on Australia’s FIFA World Cup™ bid.

Williams will be 29 come the 2018 FIFA World Cup™ and 33 come 2022, and with Australia bidding for those respective tournaments, he said he would love to compete on home soil.

“It would be huge! The country’s on the up with football and it would top off what’s been an unbelievable few years with World Cup qualification in 2006 and 2010 -  and hosting it certainly wouldn’t do us any harm,” he said.

“It would be class to play a World Cup match in front of our home fans, and I’d love to play one in Perth, but we’ll see how it goes,’’ Williams added.

To catch all the latest news and to read more from Rhys Williams, visit

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Keywords · Australia · Rhys Williams · Middlesbrough · Wales · FFA · 2010 FIFA World Cupâ„¢

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