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Newcastle will host a blockbuster clash between the Matildas and two-time defending FIFA Women’s World Cup winners USA later this month.
The Matildas will host the U.S. in a two-match home series, with the United States Women’s National Team making their first appearance in Australia in 21 years.
Australia will take on the world No.1 U.S. team at Stadium Australia in Sydney on Saturday 27 November.
Newcastle’s McDonald Jones Stadium will host the second match of the series on Tuesday 30 November.
With venue capacities for both matches lifted by the NSW government, Football Australia has confirmed that playing at Stadium Australia will present an opportunity for Australian and American football fans to break the record for a Matildas crowd in Australia. That record stands at 33,000 for Australia’s match with Sweden at the Sydney 2000 Olympics.
With the Matildas successfully leading the return of international sports and major events to NSW last month, the matches against the U.S Women’s National Team will be one of the first major events in regional NSW following swift progress of the COVID-19 reopening roadmap.
“The exhilarating football played by the Matildas against Brazil in October once against highlighted why this team is loved by Australians,” Football Australia CEO James Johnson said.
“With over 27,000 combined supporters at CommBank Stadium and over 465,000 watching on Channel 10, Australia’s ‘Home of Football’, the Matildas have demonstrated their box office appeal.
“This was only the beginning and I now encourage all football fans to celebrate with us again and help us break our previous attendance record at these upcoming games in Sydney and
Newcastle and see some of the world game’s biggest superstars.
“Hosting the U.S. Women’s National Team for the first time in over two decades is another great taste of what the FIFA Women’s World Cup Australia and New Zealand 2023™ will look and feel like at Stadium Australia.
“It was a privilege to welcome back fans to international matches and we are now delighted to welcome one of the world’s best and most admired teams, as we continue to implement our strategy of playing more teams ranked in the top 10 in preparation for upcoming major international tournaments.
“We once again thank the NSW government for collaborating with us to continue to bring our national teams’ home to play in front of Australian fans. We also welcome American fans in Australia to celebrate with us during their Thanksgiving week celebrations. What better way to celebrate than going to cheer on their national team.”
Following Australia’s positioning in group B of the AFC Women’s Asian Cup India 2022™, Matildas head coach Tony Gustavsson spoke of the importance of the matches against the U.S. Women’s National Team and the November FIFA window in relation to their preparation for Asia’s continental championships.
“This is a vital and final opportunity to see the players against an extremely high-quality nation before we select the final squad for the AFC Women’s Asian Cup,” Gustavsson said.
“Meeting the U.S. Women’s National Team on home soil will mark the sixth unique opponent in the top 10 that this team would have faced in 2021. With each match, we are continuing to get one day better as a team and at the same time providing invaluable experience to the younger players in the roster. The U.S. Women’s National Team are a team with quality across the park and will mark another great challenge for the playing group.
“We can’t be more delighted with the support which has been provided in scheduling these tough, unique opponents to further the development of the playing squad ahead of major international tournaments.”
Australia and the U.S. Women’s National Team have enjoyed a healthy rivalry in recent years with their last meeting in the Tokyo Olympics bronze medal match.
Football Account holders will enjoy a pre-sale window for the November matches against the U.S. Women’s National Team on Monday, 8 November 2021 at 3pm AEDT, with further tickets released to the general public from Tuesday, 9 November 2021 at 2pm AEDT.
Football Australia will have affordable ticketing starting from $5 at both Stadium Australia and McDonald Jones Stadium, valid for Football Account holders.
A special offer will also be available for registered participants in each region. Stay tuned to Football Australia’s social channels for more information.
The matches will be broadcast live and free on Network 10 and simulcast on 10 Play.