A landmark decision for women’s sport in Australia and New Zealand
Our very own Westfield Matildas have just announced they will be returning to Newcastle to take on Chile in preparation for the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup.
The Australian women’s national football team are currently ranked inside the top 10 in the FIFA World Rankings, making them a serious powerhouse on the world stage. After the excitement of taking on Brazil in Newcastle last year, the Matildas will return to McDonald Jones Stadium on Tuesday November 13, with a 7:30pm kickoff.
The clash will see global phenomenon and FIFA player of the year nominee Sam Kerr in action, alongside hometown hero Emily Van Egmond, as well as a host of other Matildas superstars including Lisa De Vanna and Steph Catley.
Tickets will be on sale to the general public this Thursday, September 6 at 11:00am (AEST). Mark the date in the calendar with last year’s clash against Brazil one of the hottest tickets of the year.
FFA CEO David Gallop delivered the announcement this morning, stating “The past 18 months have seen the Westfield Matildas go from strength to strength, they have captured the imagination of all Australians and have inspired a new generation of footballers.
“With the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup coming up in nine months, and our own bid to host the 2023 FIFA Women’s World Cup ramping up, matches like this are important on and off the field.”
NSW Minister for Sport, the Hon. Stuart Ayres spoke about the announcement also. The Matildas are without doubt one of the most popular and successful Australian sports teams at the moment and this is a fantastic opportunity for football fans in Penrith and Newcastle to see them in action on home soil.”
The Head Coach of our Westfield Matildas Alen Stajcic also delivered his thoughts, telling that “Chile are an emerging nation in international women’s football and have qualified for next year’s FIFA Women’s World cup for the first time in their history.
“For us to prepare for the FIFA Women’s World Cup we need to play against a diverse range of opposition and Chile will be great challenge for us.”
The Matildas will compete in the FIFA Women’s World Cup in France in June/July next year.
Grab your tickets to see the Matildas in action at McDonald Jones Stadium this November at Ticketmaster.com.au, from 11am this Thursday 6 September.