The Victorian Government and Football Australia can confirm a farewell match for the Australian women’s team, the CommBank Matildas, will be held at Marvel Stadium on Friday 14th July next year, before they kick off their highly anticipated Women’s World Cup FIFA Australia and New Zealand 2023.™ campaign.
Descending to Melbourne’s Marvel Stadium for the epic match on Friday 14 July 2023, the CommBank Matildas will take on one of the top 10 FIFA Women’s World Ranking teams taking part in the upcoming FIFA Women’s World Cup.
The CommBank Matildas will train in the new Matildas House on the Bundoora campus of La Trobe University during the week leading up to the game, during their pre-FIFA Women’s World Cup window.
The Home of the Matildas will be a National Center of Excellence for aspiring footballers and will provide a lasting legacy for women’s football in Australia. The state-of-the-art facility will be the long-term training base for Australia’s women’s national soccer teams with more than 600 hours of training per year.
In addition, the venue will host two CommBank Junior Matildas and two Young Matildas matches over the next two years and will be the base for national and international courses to support women’s coaching, umpiring and administration.
The facility, which includes five football pitches, stands, changing rooms, a high-performance gymnasium, meeting rooms and a cafeteria, will function as the Victorian State Football Center and house Football Victoria’s administration and operations.
Grassroots community clubs will also benefit from the new facility, with access to the center’s pitches and community-level programs and training, while La Trobe University will have access to the venue, reinforcing its position as a leading provider of higher education. on the sport.
The development is supporting Football Victoria and Football Australia’s Legacy ’23 goal of equal representation for women in all aspects of sport by 2027, including players, coaches, referees, administration, volunteers and supporters.
In July and August 2023, the State Football Center will host international teams competing in the FIFA Women’s World Cup, and FIFA announced today that Jamaica will be based there during the group stage of the tournament, while one of the teams in the round of 16
The venue will also be used as a training base for one of the teams in the round of 16, with Melbourne hosting two knockout matches.
As part of the Labor government’s $101 million investment in Stage 3 of La Trobe University’s $116 million sports park, the development includes the Victoria State Rugby Center of Excellence, which will provide training facilities and matches for top performers like the Melbourne Rebels Super W. team.
Quote attributable to the Minister of Tourism, Sports and Major Events Steve Dimopoulos
“Our investment in the La Trobe University Sports Park is a huge boost to the growth of elite women’s sport, providing a long-term home for the Matildas and providing state-of-the-art facilities to support women’s football in Victoria.”
Quotes attributable to Football Australia CEO James Johnson
“The Home of the Matildas will be a world-class national training center and home to our CommBank Matildas, Young Matildas, Junior Matildas and ParaMatildas. It is a soccer house that has been designed by women, for women.
“Following the FIFA Women’s World Cup Australia & New Zealand 2023™, the Matildas House will be an exceptional facility for the wider football community, providing training and pathways for girls and young women and, of course, the excitement. and the pride that will be generated in the community by being able to use the same facility as the Matildas.”
Quote Attributable to CommBank Matildas Head Coach Tony Gustavsson
“Having been to the site and seeing the plans, it is clear that the Home of the Matildas will be a world-class women’s soccer facility for Australia’s best female soccer players. I am very excited about the future generations of CommBank Matildas that will develop from this state-of-the-art facility.