MCG set to host bumper qualifier against Japan

The Melbourne Cricket Ground is set to host a crucial World Cup qualification match for the third straight campaign in succession.

Fairfax Media reports that Football Federation Australia entertained bids from state bodies for qualifcation matches over the next year, with the October 11 clash against Japan set to be played in Melbourne.

Whilst an FFA spokesman told Fairfax Media that the deal wasn't signed, sealed and delivered, it's believed that Destination NSW is unhappy that the clash is headed south after signing an agreement to bring five games to Sydney over the next five years just recently.

Whilst there are still home clashes against Saudi Arabia, UAE and Thailand to be allocated, the tourism arm of the NSW Government are naturally disappointed that they've missed out on the crown jewel in the Socceroos calendar.

This would be the second home match of the qualification campaign to be allocated following the announcement that the Socceroos would play Iraq in Perth later this year.