Children who play football will have an opportunity to be front and centre at the upcoming games between the Matildas and world number one team the United States, with $5 tickets going on sale.
Premier Dominic Perrottet said kids aged 12 years and under, who are registered to play in Australia’s largest club-based participation sport, will be able to access the discounted tickets with an accompanying adult or concession ticket purchase, thanks to the Football Australia initiative.
“This is an exciting era in Australian women’s football and it’s great our sports-loving kids can witness world-class action right here in NSW,” Mr Perrottet said.
“The NSW Government will work with Football Australia to ensure this event is COVID-safe and families can enjoy a great atmosphere watching some of the best players in the world.”
Minister for Tourism Stuart Ayres said this is another great coup for NSW and will help to get the state’s visitor economy back on track.
“NSW has kicked another goal bringing out the world champion US team to face-off against our mighty Matildas and is again leading the return of international sport as the nation’s home of football,” Mr Ayres said.
Minister for Sport Natalie Ward said the upcoming blockbuster games were just a taste of what’s to come ahead of the 2023 FIFA Women’s World Cup.
“This is an amazing opportunity for our kids who play football to cheer on their heroes right here on home soil,” Mrs Ward said.
Football Australia CEO James Johnson said providing an occasion for the next generation of footballers to see their heroes live was essential for the game’s future.
“These players are not only some of the best in the world at what they do on the pitch, but are also an inspiration off the pitch as well,” Mr Johnson said.
Commonwealth Bank Matildas midfielder and Newcastle native Emily van Egmond said the team was excited that even more football fans have the chance to see the team live in action.
“My dreams to play for Australia started on the pitches of Newcastle and I know how amazing it would have been to be able to watch world-class footballers when I was growing up. To be able to be those footballers that inspire the next generation, to build a legacy for football, is a real privilege and we can’t wait to see the fans again,” Ms van Egmond said.
Sydney’s Stadium Australia will host the USA on Australian soil for the first time in 21 years on Saturday 27 November, with the return matchup scheduled for McDonald Jones Stadium in Newcastle on Tuesday 30 November.