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Confirmed! Socceroos’ Homecoming Match at CommBank Stadium in March

The Subway Socceroos will return home to Australia for the first time since their history-making feats at the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022™ when they host Ecuador at CommBank Stadium in Sydney on Friday 24 March (8pm kick-off).

With most of the Subway Socceroos’ squad returning to their respective club sides around the world straight after the Round of 16 match against Argentina, the March FIFA International window will be the first time the squad has been able to come home to Australia to celebrate with family, friends, and fans.

“What the Subway Socceroos achieved in Qatar both on and off the pitch was history-making and truly united the nation like no other team could, so it’s fantastic Australian football fans finally get the opportunity to celebrate with the team on home soil with these two matches against Ecuador,” said Football Australia CEO James Johnson.

“Ecuador is a team that competed at the FIFA World Cup in Qatar last year and has good World Cup pedigree. These are the types of matches we will seek to secure for the Subway Socceroos in this next FIFA World Cup cycle and as the team moves towards the upcoming AFC Asian Cup.

“During the FIFA World Cup, we witnessed unrivalled scenes of support with live sites across the country including capacity crowds at Tumbalong Park in Darling Harbour, and we look forward to celebrating together on Friday 24 March at CommBank Stadium.

“Football Australia would like to thank the NSW Government, through their tourism and major events agency Destination NSW, for their continued support of Australian football and our senior national football teams.

“Without the support of such committed event partners over many years, hosting international matches such as these would not be possible,” concluded Johnson.

Subway Socceroos’ Head Coach Graham Arnold said this homecoming series is an opportunity for Australian football and football fans to finally celebrate together the achievements of this team in Qatar.

“It’s fantastic we get this opportunity to gather again as a squad and reflect upon what we achieved at the

FIFA World Cup in Qatar,” Arnold said.

“Throughout the FIFA World Cup, we saw the incredible support the team was receiving back in Australia, and we are very much looking forward to finally celebrating together.”

Subject to availability, Arnold plans to call up a similar looking squad to that which represented Australia with such distinction in Qatar, while acknowledging that this series also presents a strong test on the park for the Subway Socceroos, whose quest to qualify for the FIFA World Cup 2026 starts this November and the AFC Asian Cup™ in early 2024.

“Selection for these two matches is our way of showing our gratitude for what the players sacrificed during the qualifying campaign and their achievements at the World Cup. As further reward, these players will be given the first opportunity to impress the coaching staff and get on the blank selection sheet as we move forward into the next cycle,” concluded Arnold.

NSW Minister for Tourism Ben Franklin said the match would be a fantastic opportunity for football fans to come together to cheer on their local heroes.

“Sydney is celebrating football in a big way, so it is fantastic that the Subway Socceroos will be playing their first home game since the FIFA World Cup 2022TM right here in the Harbour City,” Mr Franklin said.

“Sydney certainly has football fever, and we can’t wait to welcome the players, officials and fans to CommBank Stadium for this exciting match.”

NSW Minister for Sport Alister Henskens said NSW has a huge participation and supporter base for football.

“We recently welcomed home the CommBank Matildas for the Cup of Nations tournament across NSW and later this year Sydney will host the most games of any city for the FIFA Women’s World Cup 2023TM including

the Final,” Mr Henskens said.

“International football is front of mind for Sydney and NSW right now and it is a privilege to see our national teams play in our state, uniting fans in celebration and inspiring players of all levels and demographics.”

Tickets for Subway Socceroos v Ecuador in Sydney will go on sale to Football Account holders at 9am (AEDT) Friday 3 March, and to the General Public from 9am Monday 6 March. Tickets will start at $10 for Juniors and $20 for Adults with Concessions starting at $15.

Football Australia can confirm that $1 from every ticket sold for both matches will be donated to the CommBank Pararoos. The CommBank Pararoos are Australia’s national men’s football team for athletes with cerebral palsy, acquired brain injury, or symptoms acquired from stroke.


Match Day One

Date: Friday 24 March

Venue: CommBank Stadium, Sydney

Time: 8pm (AEDT)


Broadcast: Live on 10 in Sydney and Melbourne, 10 Bold in Adelaide, Brisbane, and Perth, and on 10 Play and Paramount+.

Match Day Two

Date: Tuesday 28 March

Venue: Marvel Stadium, Melbourne

Time: 7:30pm (AEDT)


Broadcast: Live on 10 Bold, 10 Play and Paramount+

Venue Management company VenuesLive appointed Operator of Western Sydney Stadium

VenuesLive appointed Operator of Western Sydney Stadium

The NSW Government has confirmed the appointment of VenuesLive as Operator of the new Western Sydney Stadium.

The 30,000 seat Western Sydney Stadium at Parramatta is due to open in the second quarter of 2019.

The appointment of VenuesLive the experienced operator of Sydney’s ANZ Stadium and Optus Stadium in Perth is a significant milestone on the journey to deliver a world-class venue in the heart of Western Sydney. Western Sydney Stadium will provide the fastest growing region in Australia with a new venue in which to host elite sport and entertainment events.

VenuesLive Chief Executive Officer, Mr Daryl Kerry, said: “VenuesLive is delighted to be part nering with the NSW Government to operate Western Sydney Stadium, which will set new standards in live sport and entertainment when it opens in 2019.

“Western Sydney Stadium will offer arguably the best viewing experience of any purpose. Built rectangular s tadium in the Southern Hemisphere when it comes to watching live sport and entertainment, but it will also provide Western Sydney with an exciting new home for a multitude of meetings and special events.

“VenuesLive is committed to growth and innovation in the areas of venue management, event delivery and catering services.

Western Sydney Stadium Inside

“We will leverage our team’s extensive management and operations expertise to bring to life world class events in Western Sydney and deliver a truly fans – first live sport experience.”

Mr Kerry said VenuesLive would work closely with foundation tenants the Parramatta Eels and Western Sydney Wanderers, and other sporting clubs and entertainment promoters, to create an unrivalled spectator experience at Western Sydney Stadium.

Western Sydney Stadium is being delivered by Infrastructure NSW in close partnership with Venues NSW, the owner and promoter of a portfolio of publicly – owned sports and entertainment venues in NSW .

Western Sydney Stadium will provide undercover seating for 30,000 people and bring fans closer to the action than any other Stadium in Australia. It will feature significantly steeper grandstands with amazing sight lines from every seat.

VenuesLive is Australia’s leading provider of management and hospitality services to venues and events.

VenuesLive manages and operates ANZ Stadium (Sydney’s Olympic stadium) and the new Optus Stadium in Perth and its surrounding Stadium Park.

The company also provides hospitality services at Sydney Motorsport Park, Sydney International Aquatic Centre, Quaycentre, Sydney Olympic Park Sports Halls, Sydney Olympic Park Athletic Centre, Sydney Olympic Park Hockey Centre, Wollongong Sports & Entertainment Centres including WIN Stadium and WIN Entertainment Centre, and UOW Jubilee Oval at Kogarah.

See the official Media Release  from the Minister for Sport, The Hon. Stuart Ayres, MP, here

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