Football Australia today announced the CommBank Matildas will play Uzbekistan at Melbourne’s Marvel Stadium on Wednesday, 28 February 2024 in the AFC Women's Olympic Football Tournament Paris 2024™ Asian Qualifiers Round 3 (Asian Qualifiers).
Tickets to the crucial clash will go on pre-sale for Football Account holders today, Monday, 18 December at 12:00pm AEDT with the General Public tickets window opening on Wednesday, 20 December from 12.00pm AEDT via Ticketmaster. Prices will start from $20 Junior, $25 Concession, $35 Adult, and $90 Family.
February’s FIFA Women’s International Window will see Australia and Uzbekistan play two matches, home and away, in Round 3 of the Asian Qualifiers. The series will open on 24 February 2024 in Uzbekistan before concluding in the Victorian capital on 28 February.
The winner of the two-leg tie will become one of Asia’s two representatives in the 12-team field for the prestigious Paris 2024™ Women's Olympic Football Tournament.
- CommBank Matildas will play a two-match “home and away” series against Uzbekistan for a place at the Paris 2024 Olympics™
- Australia’s “home” fixture will be hosted by Victoria at Melbourne’s Marvel Stadium on 28 February 2024
- General Public match tickets will go on-sale on 20 December with prices starting at $35 for adults, $20 for children and $90 for families.
Football Australia CEO James Johnson said: “In 2023 we witnessed the special connection between the CommBank Matildas and the Australian public with 11 straight sold-out home matches and record broadcast audiences.”
“We are confident that we will build on that connection in 2024 and this fan fervour will be a vital factor when we welcome the team for the first home international of the year against Uzbekistan.
“The fierce backing of Victorians was evident in 2023 and we are looking forward to seeing them, and fans from across the country, come out again in full force in another pivotal match for the CommBank Matildas.
“We are pleased to once again have the Victorian Government as a partner through its tourism and events company, Visit Victoria, as they continue to host world-class football events providing Australians with the opportunity to participate in historic moments,” Johnson concluded.
This will be only the second meeting between Australia and the Central Asian side with the last encounter back in 2007 during the China 2008™ Olympics Qualifiers Preliminary Round. On that occasion, Australia ran out comfortable 10-0 winners.
Despite their history, with an Olympic berth on the line, CommBank Matildas’ Head Coach Tony Gustavsson expressed that Australia will approach the Uzbeks with the greatest respect.
“To have progressed to the final round of the Asian Qualifiers demonstrates the improvement of Uzbekistan’s program and we will be approaching this match with the seriousness it deserves as they have beaten out quality nations to this stage,” Gustavsson said.
“For our team, this is an opportunity to continue adding to the significant legacy they have already built and to provide another moment where we can unite as a nation.
“This will be another massive occasion and in the past 12 months we have seen Australians from across the nation show up to be the vital 12th player in all the biggest moments. I am really looking forward to having that same amazing atmosphere and crowd to power the team to Paris.
“Qualifying for a third straight Women’s Olympic Football Tournament would be another piece of history for this group of players and I know every member of the team will be doing everything possible to be prepared,” Gustavsson concluded.
Victorian Minister for Tourism, Sport and Major Events, Steve Dimopoulos, said: “All eyes will be on the CommBank Matildas in Melbourne as we proudly host this exclusive qualifying match on their path to Paris.”
“Following the momentum of the FIFA Women’s World Cup we’re expecting huge crowds to turn out in support, filling our city’s hotels, bars and restaurants and adding to the palpable vibe that is Melbourne in summer.”
CommBank Matildas fans will be able to watch the Round 3 Asian Qualifiers in Australia thanks to Football Australia’s broadcast partner, Paramount ANZ.
CommBank Matildas vs Uzbekistan Women’s National Team Ticketing Information
Marvel Stadium – Wednesday, 28 February 2024
Full ticketing information is available from the official CommBank Matildas website at matildas.com.au.
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AFC WOMEN’S OLYMPIC QUALIFIERS - ROUND 3 | MATCH SCHEDULE
Uzbekistan v Australia
Date: Saturday, 24 February 2024
Broadcast: Paramount ANZ
Australia v Uzbekistan
Date: Wednesday, 28 February 2024
Kick-off: Evening AEDT*
Venue: Marvel Stadium, Melbourne, Victoria
Broadcast: Paramount ANZ
Football Account pre-sale: 12:00pm AEDT on Monday, 18 December 2023
General Public on-sale: 12:00pm AEDT on Wednesday, 20 December 2023
Tickets available from ticketmaster.com.au
*Kick off time to be confirmed