The Matildas will return to Bankwest Stadium on Sunday 9 February for their crucial Women’s Olympic Football Tournament Qualifier against China PR after the Football Federation Australia (FFA) today announced the match venues and kick-off times for the forthcoming tournament to be held in Sydney.
The first two matchdays will be played at Campbelltown Stadium in Leumeah on Monday, 3 February 2020 and Thursday, 6 February 2020, with the third and final matchday to be held at Western Sydney Stadium in Parramatta on Sunday, 9 February 2020.
Tickets for each matchday (which will feature double-headers with Australia always playing second) will go on sale on Thursday, 30 January 2020 at 11.00am AEDT via www.matildas.com.au.
FFA Chief Executive Officer, James Johnson, thanked stakeholders for working quickly and collaboratively with FFA to accommodate the matches.
“The collaboration between FFA and various stakeholders including the State and Federal Governments, as well as the two venues, over the past forty-eight hours has been fantastic,” Johnson said. “All parties have brought a real energy to the discussions to ensure that we could, as efficiently as possible, lock in the matchday details.”
“Our staff are continuing to work on the operational and logistical requirements for these fixtures in anticipation of the arrival of the participating nations, however securing the venues and kick-off times was paramount for the planning of the teams and fans,” he said.
Next week’s qualification tournament will bring together four ambitious Asian football nations, with Australia being joined by China PR, Chinese Taipei, and Thailand.
FFA has received significant international media interest since Sunday’s announcement that the tournament would be moved to Sydney, highlighting the global interest in the qualifiers and the overall importance of the competition.
“We’re delighted to welcome the Matildas to Campbelltown for these important fixtures and be part of their journey towards Olympic Games qualification,” Campbelltown City Mayor George Brticevic said.
“Football in our region has never been stronger as we prepare to host Australia’s favourite sporting team in competitive action and get ready to welcome our new A-League team later this year.”
Regarding the fixtures at Campbelltown Stadium, Macarthur FC Chairman, Rabieh Krayam, added: “This is a great opportunity for the local community to experience first class football at Campbelltown Stadium, which is soon to be the home of Macarthur FC in the Hyundai A-League. FFA, Campbelltown City Council Mayor George Brticevic and all involved should be commended for bringing these games to Campbelltown at such short notice.”
Western Sydney Stadium CEO, Daryl Kerry, said his venue was looking forward to hosting the Matildas again.
“It’s fantastic to have the Matildas back in Sydney for such an exciting Olympic Qualification event,” Kerry said.
“I’d like to acknowledge Venues NSW and the NSW Government for embracing the opportunity to make the Stadium available for such a major event at short notice.”
“When the Matildas were here in November they set a new record crowd of 20,029 for a standalone international women’s football game in Australia and I’m sure the people of NSW will turn out in force to support their bid for Tokyo 2020.”
All of Australia’s matches throughout the Women’s Olympic Football Tournament Qualifiers will be broadcast live on FOX SPORTS, Kayo Sports, and the My Football Live App. Games will also be broadcast by ABC TV (delayed).