Above: The Matildas team that faced Thailand in the AFC Asian Cup at the start of this year. Photo: Football Australia.
Australia will complete their 2022 international calendar in Gosford as they meet Thailand in the second match of the Seven Consulting International Series on 15 November at Central Coast Stadium in New South Wales.
Two-time defending Olympic silver medallists, Sweden, have already been locked in for a Saturday afternoon classic at AAMI Park on 12 November with Thailand rounding out the calendar.
It is a welcome return to Gosford after 11 years for the women’s national team with the last time being as part of a two-match FIFA Women’s World Cup farewell series against New Zealand in 2011.
Football Australia CEO, James Johnson, said: “We are pleased to be able to bring the Matildas to another strong football region of Australia. Hosting the final match of 2022 at Gosford is a wonderful chance to highlight the world-class facilities at Central Coast Stadium and the strong support for our national teams in the region.”
“This year we have seen an exciting mixture of teams in the schedule with nations covering Europe, Asia, North America, and Oceania, and facing Thailand is a key component of the Matildas’ preparations for the World Cup.”
“We are appreciative of the collaboration from the Football Association of Thailand and look forward to hosting them ahead of their World Cup inter-confederation play-off.”
A two-time World Cup participant, Thailand are one of ten teams to have qualified for the World Cup inter-confederation play-offs to be held in February next year.
Australia and Thailand last met at the AFC Women’s Asian Cup earlier this year with the Matildas continuing their undefeated streak.
Meanwhile, Australia announced this morning that the venue for their friendly with South Africa next Saturday will be Kingsmeadow Stadium in South-West London. Tickets are on sale from the home club, Chelsea Women’s website as Australia’s all time leading scorer Sam Kerr will don the green and gold on her club stadium.
Tickets for the game against Thailand encounter will go on pre-sale for Football Account holders on 6 October 2022 with the General Public tickets window opening on 7 October 2022 from www.ticketek.com.au.
$1 (plus GST) from every ticket sold will be donated to the CommBank ParaMatildas, the 2022 IFCPF Women’s World Cup silver medal-winning women’s 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.