Above: Australia’s Kyra Cooney-Cross (3) and Madelen Janogy tangle when the two sides met in the Olympic Games last year. The Hammarby teammates will be in opposition again in November. Photo: Football Australia.
Australia and Sweden will continue their strong rivalry in November when the Matildas host the reigning Rio 2016 and Tokyo 2020 Olympic silver medallists at Melbourne’s AAMI Park on Saturday, 12th November 2022.
November’s Saturday afternoon blockbuster clash will be the first time the Matildas have played in Melbourne since March 2019 when they beat Argentina 3–0 in a Cup of Nations Tournament, at AAMI Park.
This will also be the first time the two sides have met since a classic Olympic Women’s Football semi-final in Yokohama, Japan. It will also be the first time Blågult will set foot on Australian shores in almost 20 years with the last meeting at the AWSA Australian Cup on 1st February 2008 in Canberra.
The match in November is part of the lead-up preparation for the World Cup where the Australia will utilise six FIFA International windows for the strongest possible preparation for the tournament which commences on 20th July 2023.
Football Australia CEO, James Johnson, said: “When it comes to women’s football, Australia and Sweden have a strong history, connection, and mutual respect. We are delighted to welcome another of the world’s best teams to Australia as the Matildas continue to attract and play high-quality opposition in the lead-up to the World Cup.
“The battles between our two nations over the last 18 months have been close and exciting. With world-class names on both teams, and many of our own Matildas currently playing their club football in Sweden, it is a fitting fixture to mark the Matildas’ return to Melbourne and the iconic AAMI Park.”
A nation with a storied history in the women’s game, Sweden are also current reigning FIFA Women’s World Cup bronze medallists. The world number three ranked nation has recently come off a semi-final appearance at the UEFA Women’s EURO 2022 in England and qualification for next year’s global showpiece for the ninth time.
Tickets to the encounter will go on pre-sale for Football Account holders on Tuesday 30th August, 2022 with the General Public tickets window opening on Thursday 1st September, 2022 from www.ticketek.com.au. $1 (plus GST) from every ticket sold will be donated to the CommBank ParaMatildas, Australia’s silver medal-winning 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 CommBank Matildas website at www.matildas.com.au.
Football Account holders able to access an exclusive pre-sale window with a 10% discount offer.