Socceroos to play Japan at Etihad Stadium

Melbourne's Etihad Stadium will host Australia's crunch World Cup qualifier with arch-rivals Japan in October.

Football Federation Australia announced on Wednesday the covered stadium had won the rights to stage the game which promises to be the Socceroos most significant match on the road to the 2018 World Cup tournament in Russia.

The Melbourne Cricket Ground and ANZ Stadium had been considered for the clash.