Australia was officially handed the hosting rights to the 2015 Asian Cup in a ceremony following the Socceroos' 1-0 final loss to Japan.
Football Federation Australia chairman Frank Lowy received the Asian Football Confederation flag from AFC President Mohamed Bin Hamman at Khalifa Stadium in a symbolic gesture.
Lowy promised Australia would put on a great tournament for the region's fans, teams and sponsors.
"Australia has a long history of hosting fantastic major international sporting events and the benefits for Australia to host an event of this kind will cement Australia's place in the Asian economic community," Lowy said.
"This is a terrific boost to football in Australia at all levels and it comes as our Socceroos, the highest ranked team in Asia, were runners up the prestigious AFC Asian Cup 2011 here in Qatar tonight."
The tournament will be held in January 2015 and will be played in stadiums selected from Sydney, Melbourne, Canberra and Brisbane or the Gold Coast.
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