The Socceroos will have an early chance to become familiar with the surroundings of the 2014 FIFA World Cup when they take on host nation Brazil in a friendly match later this year.
Fairfax Media understands that Football Federation Australia is poised to sign a deal with the Brazilian Football Federation to play a friendly game against the five-time world champion on September 6.
The two governing bodies have been in negotiations over the match for some time and the deal is set to be announced this week now that the Socceroos have secured automatic qualification to the World Cup. As the scheduled date clashed with the intra-Asia play-offs for the tournament, the Socceroos could not have taken part in the fixture had they finished third in their qualifying group.
''We look like we're locked in for a friendly in Brazil for September and then a number of other friendly windows are open to us,'' FFA chief executive David Gallop said on Wednesday. ''There's plenty of opportunity to make sure we do the preparation to put ourselves in the best shape come June 2014.''
Sao Paulo was initially proposed as the venue but delays in the construction of the new World Cup stadium, Arena de Sao Paulo, prompted the CBF to explore other options. The Morumbi Stadium in Sao Paulo was touted as a potential venue but it's understood one of the six venues used at the current Confederations Cup may host the match.
The Socceroos will likely face a full-strength Brazilian team as the fixture falls during an international window and just three days before the Selecao plays a high-profile friendly against Portugal.
The match will follow the Socceroos' participation in their inaugural East Asian Cup campaign in July. The tournament will provide Australia with its only competitive fixtures between now and the World Cup and may also have a bearing on its seeding for the draw. Australia is ranked behind South Korea and Japan but could emerge as the top seed in Asia with a successful tournament.