AFP KAZUHIRO NOGI
The Australian women’s soccer team plays at home for the first time in over 18 months when they play two friendlies against Brazil in Sydney next week.
Australia coach Tony Gustafson said his team, ranked 11th in the world, will host its seventh-ranked Brazilian counterpart on Saturday, and then the two teams meet again next Tuesday at Western Sydney Stadium.
Saturday’s match will be the first time that the Australian women’s team plays at home since its World Cup qualifier victory over Vietnam in March 2020 due to Corona restrictions.
⌚️ It has been a long wait but Tony Gustavsson is finally Down Under for his first Australia match at home – and the excitement levels are rightly high ⏫
— FIFA Women’s World Cup (@FIFAWWC) October 21, 2021
And it will be allowed to attend up to 22,500 fans in the two matches after the New South Wales state government agreed to an audience attendance of 75% of the stadium’s capacity, in accordance with the rules to prevent the Corona virus.
“I see a lot of enthusiasm (of the team) for this match with the crowd in the stands,” coach Gustafsson said.
“This will be the first time we play at home in 600 days and it comes against Brazil,” the coach added.
Australia and its neighbor New Zealand will host the Women’s World Cup in 2023.