International boost for WA

Glory fans will be able to swap purple for green and gold in March of next year after FFA confirmed that the Caltex Socceroos will play a key World Cup 2022 qualifier at HBF Park.

Graham Arnold's men will host Kuwait on Thursday 26 March 2019 (kick-off time TBC) and should the Socceroos, as envisaged, reach the Third Round of Asian Football Confederation (AFC) qualifying for Qatar, a further qualification fixture will be held here in the West at some point in 2021.

Australia v Kuwait
Date: Thursday, 26 March 2020
Venue: HBF Park, Perth, Western Australia
Kick-off: To be confirmed
Football Family Tickets: On sale Tuesday, 10 December 2019 at 9am AWST/12pm AEDT (check www.socceroos.com.au for details)
General Public Tickets: On sale Thursday, 12 December 2019 at 9am AWST/12pm AEDT (check www.socceroos.com.au for details)
Broadcast: Live in Australia on FOX SPORTS, ABC TV, Kayo Sports, and via the My Football Live App, Live, Fast and Data Free for Telstra mobile customers

In a further boost on the international front, the WA State Government has officially announced its backing of Australia’s FIFA Women’s World Cup 2023™ Bid.

The announcement, made by Premier Mark McGowan at the weekend, ensures that Western Australia will feature in FFA’s final submission to host the FIFA Women’s World Cup™ in 2023, with fixtures slated for Perth’s Rectangular Stadium should Australia’s Bid ultimately be successful.

WA’s support of Australia’s Bid to host the FIFA Women’s World Cup™ adds to commitments already received by the New South Wales, Victorian, Queensland, and South Australian Governments.

"The WA Government is very excited at the prospect of being part of the FIFA Women’s World Cup™ in 2023," said Premier McGowan.

"We have also partnered with FFA to secure at least two Socceroos games in Perth, including two guaranteed World Cup qualifiers next year and in 2021.

"The benefits to our State will be significant, in terms of having a major economic impact on and providing a massive increase in exposure to the rest of the world."

FFA Chief Operating Officer, Mark Falvo, meanwhile, believes that both commitments will excite and inspire the State's football community.

"FFA is delighted that the Premier and people of WA share our vision to bring the FIFA Women’s World Cup™ to Australia," he said.

"Some of the great Westfield Matildas – including current stars Sam Kerr and Lydia Williams – hail from WA and hosting matches, training and other events in and around Perth in 2023 would ensure that WA is part of a truly global celebration of football.

"It is also fantastic that the Caltex Socceroos are set to return to the West consistently over the coming years.

"Five men’s ‘A’ internationals have been held in Perth since 1975, and with the WA Government’s commitment today, that figure will rise over the next two years."

Australians are encouraged to #GetOnside for the Bid at AusBid2023.com, where over 450,000 people have already pledged their support.

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