Matildas Set For Historic Match To Open New Stadium


Above: The new Allianz Stadium in Sydney, where the Matildas will play the first football match in September against Olympic champions Canada. Graphic: Sydney FC.

The Matildas are set to create history, becoming the first football team to play at the new state-of-the-art Allianz Stadium in Sydney when they meet Tokyo 2020 Olympic Champions and world number six, Canada on Tuesday 6th September.

This encounter will mark the first time Australia has played Canada on home soil in 14 years when the Matildas defeated Canada 2-1, at the old Sydney Football Stadium on 23rd May 2008, the site of the brand-new Allianz Stadium.

Football Australia CEO, James Johnson, said: “It’s only fitting that the Matildas are the first football team to play at the new Allianz Stadium, as this state-of-the-art facility will be a host venue for the World Cup in 2023.

“Football enthusiasts, Matildas fans, and event-goers alike are in for a real treat on 6th September, when Australia’s most popular women’s national team, the Matildas host another top-quality team in Canada as we continue to play the highest calibre of nations in preparation for next year’s tournament.

Above: Action from Australia’s meeting with Canada in the 2016 Olympics, which the Canadians won 2-0 in São Paulo. Photo: Mauro Horita/REX/Shutterstock

“It will also create a genuine ‘I was there moment’, with attending fans able to experience this world-class venue and forever boast that they attended the first-ever football match at the new Allianz Stadium.

“We once again thank the NSW Government for their strong support of the football pathway, particularly our national teams, and the hugely exciting 2023 World Cup.”

This important women’s international friendly between two of the world’s finest football teams is one of three major sporting events which will headline the opening of Sydney’s new world-class sport and entertainment venue, Allianz Stadium, over a five-day period in early September.

Allianz Stadium’s festival of the codes begins with the NRL’s famous rivalry between the Sydney Roosters and South Sydney Rabbitohs on Friday 2nd September. The following night on Saturday, 3 September, the Wallabies will host reigning Rugby World Cup winners, South Africa, with the Matildas game with Canada to round out proceedings. 

This meeting on 6th September is part of a two-match home series featuring both national teams, with the city and venue for the first match scheduled for 3rd September to be revealed in the coming weeks.

Above: Australia are heading for a return to Sydney and a historic opening football match at the new Allianz Stadium. Photo: Football Australia – Mark Kolbe/Getty Images.

Commonwealth Bank vs Canada Women’s National Team Ticketing Information

Allianz Stadium – Tuesday 6th September

Tickets to the encounter will go on pre-sale for Football Account holders at 2.00pm AEST on Thursday, 23 June 2022, with the General Public tickets window opening at 1.00pm AEST on Wednesday, 29 June 2022 from $1 (plus GST) from every ticket sold will be donated to the ParaMatildas, Australia’s first-ever women’s CP national team for female footballers with cerebral palsy, acquired brain injury or symptoms from stroke. Ticketing information is available from the official Commonwealth Bank Matildas website at

Football Account holders able to access an exclusive pre-sale window with a 10% discount offer. To gain access to exclusive news and the pre-sale, sign up HERE.

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