Australia will need to get past Iraq, Oman and Thailand at September's Asian under-16 championship to clear a path to next year's under-17 World Cup.
Thursday's draw for the Asian championship in Iran puts them in a winnable Group B.
They need to make the semi-finals of the tournament to qualify for the World Cup in the United Arab Emirates in late 2013.
Joeys head coach Alistair Edwards is excited about the challenges his young squad will face in Asia.
"The standard of youth football throughout Asia has risen considerably over the past decade," Edwards said.
"There are no longer any easy games, which I think is a positive development.
"At the recent qualifying tournament we lost to Thailand (3-2) so that gives you an indication of how competitive it is going to be to qualify for the World Cup."
The Joeys will prepare for the championship with trips to Laos, Saudi Arabia and Bolivia.
Australia play Thailand in its first match at the championships in Tehran on 22 September.
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