Gauci named in Subway Socceroos AFC Asian Cup Qatar 2023™ Squad

The Subway Socceroos’ 26-man squad for the AFC Asian Cup Qatar 2023™ has been revealed by Head Coach, Graham Arnold at a press conference in Sydney this morning.

Adelaide United goalkeeper Joe Gauci was one of four ISUZU UTE A-League players called into the squad.

Gauci has declared his call up to the Socceroos’ AFC Asian Cup Qatar™ squad as a “very proud moment.”

The humble and ever reliable shot stopper has already been involved in national camps in 2023, capping off a remarkable and consistent year for the Reds.

Having already won a national cap for Australia earlier in the year, Gauci burst onto the scene in March 2021 and he hasn’t looked back with 16 clean sheets in 73 appearances in all competitions and counting.

“It’s all about winning, and I’d love a quiet game with no saves and three points in a clean sheet. The most important thing are the results. I’ve had some saves and some key moments, but at the end of the day, I’m all about results,” Gauci said.

“My role is to go in and represent my country, whether that’s on the field or off the field, give it 100{9316bdc8926ea12fd3218e9df0be06a03991e545af91e98c723bc822f5d4d102} at every training session, every game and wear the coat of arms with pride. Whatever my role is within the Asian Cup, I will be giving 100{9316bdc8926ea12fd3218e9df0be06a03991e545af91e98c723bc822f5d4d102},” Gauci concluded.

Australia have been drawn into Group B for the tournament and will face India, Syria and Uzbekistan in the Group Stage; with selected players to assemble in Abu Dhabi from Monday, 1 January for a tournament pre-camp.

Catch the Subway Socceroos’ AFC Asian Cup Qatar 2023 campaign on Network 10 and Paramount+.


Australia v India
Saturday, 13 January 2024
Ahmad bin Ali Stadium, Al Rayyan
Kick-off: 2:30pm local (10:00pm ACDT)

Broadcast: Network 10 and Paramount+ 

Syria v Australia
Thursday, 18 January 2024
Jassim bin Hamad Stadium, Doha
Kick-off: 2:30pm local (10:00pm ACDT)
Broadcast: Network 10 and Paramount+ 

Australia v Uzbekistan
Tuesday, 23 January 2024
Abdullah bin Khalifa Stadium, Doha
Kick-off: 2:30pm local (10:00pm ACDT)
Broadcast: Network 10 and Paramount+ 


NameCurrent Club, Country‘A’ Caps (Goals)Junior Club (Member Federation/Country)
Nathaniel ATKINSONHeart of Midlothian FC, Scotland8 (0)Riverside Olympic FC / Football Tasmania
Keanu BACCUSSt Mirren FC, Scotland12 (0)Parklea FC / Football New South Wales
Aziz BEHICHMelbourne City FC, Australia63 (2)Meadow Park SC / Football Victoria
Jordy BOSK.V.C Westerlo, Belgium6 (0)Hoppers Crossing SC / Football Victoria
Martin BOYLEHibernian FC, Scotland23 (6)Lewis United FC / Montrose FC (Scotland)
Cameron BURGESSIpswich Town FC, England3 (0)ECU Joondalup / Football West
Thomas DENGAlbirex Niigata, Japan3 (0)Adelaide Blue Eagles / Football South Australia
Mitchell DUKEFC Machida Zelvia, Japan32 (11)Liverpool Rangers SC / Football New South Wales
Bruno FORNAROLIMelbourne Victory FC, Australia2 (0)Club Nacional de Football (Uruguay)
Joe GAUCI (Gk)Adelaide United FC, Australia1 (0)Cumberland United FC / Football South Australia
Craig GOODWINAl Wehda FC, Saudi Arabia20 (2)Munno Para City FC / Football South Australia
John IREDALESV Wehen Wiesbaden, Germany0West Pennant Hills Cherrybrook / Football New South Wales
Jackson IRVINEFC St Pauli, Germany60 (9)Ringwood City SC / Football Victoria
Gethin JONESBolton Wanderers FC, England0Wrexham FC (Youth), Wales
Riley MCGREEMiddlesbrough FC, England18 (1)Gawler Eagles FC / Football South Australia
Connor METCALFEFC St. Pauli, Germany13 (0)South Cardiff FC / Northern NSW Football
Lewis MILLERHibernian FC, Scotland4 (0)Pittwater RSL FC / Football New South Wales
Aiden O’NEILLStandard de Liège, Belgium7 (0) University of Queensland Football Club (Formerly Kenmore FC) / Football Queensland
Kye ROWLESHeart of Midlothian FC, Scotland13 (0)Palm Beach SC / Football Queensland
Mathew RYAN (Gk) (Cpt)AZ Alkmaar, Netherland86 (0)Blacktown City FC / Football New South Wales
Sam SILVERAMiddlesbrough FC, England2 (0)Blacktown City FC / Football New South Wales
Harry SOUTTARLeicester City FC, England21 (10)Brechin City Boys Club (Scotland)
Lawrence THOMAS (Gk)Western Sydney Wanderers FC, Australia1 (0)Winston Hills Bears FC / Football New South Wales
Marco TILIOCeltic FC, Scotland7 (0)APIA Leichhardt FC & Sydney Olympic FC / Football New South Wales
Patrick YAZBEKViking FK, Norway0Austral Soccer Club / Football New South Wales
Kusini YENGIPortsmouth FC, England1 (0)Fulham United FC / Football South Australia

Outside of the pitch, Gauci is an ambassador for the Childhood Cancer Association, pledging to donate for every save, point and clean sheet in the 2023/24 ISUZU UTE A-League season. To donate, please click here.