Sep 3

International football right at home in NSW with Matildas taking on Chile

Monday 3 September 2018 11:18am

Image L-R: Mark Falvo, Football Federation Australia, Newcastle Lord Mayor Nuatali Nelmes, Parliamentary Secretary Scot MacDonald and Gary van Egmond, Young Matildas Coach at today's media announcement at McDonald Jones Stadium

Ministerial media release

Football fans are set to enjoy two major blockbusters with the announcement today that NSW will host the Westfield Matildas as they take on Chile in Penrith and Newcastle as part of the Seven Consulting International Series this November.

Sports Minister Stuart Ayres said the NSW Government had secured the two-match series as part of a five-year partnership with Football Federation Australia.

“The Matildas are without doubt one of the most popular and successful Australian sports teams and this is a fantastic opportunity for football fans in Penrith and Newcastle to see them in action on home soil,” Mr Ayres said.

“Following on from the success of last year’s international friendlies against Brazil, which saw the Penrith game sell out and a record crowd attend the fixture in Newcastle, we expect this series against Chile to be irresistible to fans.

“The matches also offer fans the opportunity to experience everything Penrith and Newcastle have to offer and I encourage visitors to book their tickets in advance, extend their stay and get out and explore the many wonderful venues and attractions on offer.

“Announced in 2016, the NSW Government’s partnership with Football Federation Australia is expected to contribute more than $20 million to the NSW visitor economy, which is a massive boost for our hotels, restaurants, bars and tourism operators.”

Parliamentary Secretary for the Hunter Scot MacDonald said: “The Matildas thrilled Novocastrians in September last year in their clash with Brazil. The city has a long history in its love of the beautiful game, so no doubt record crowds will again descend on Broadmeadow to cheer on our national team.”

FFA Chief Executive Officer David Gallop said: “The past 18 months have seen the Westfield Matildas go from strength to strength, they have captured the imagination of all Australians and have inspired a new generation of footballers.

Tickets for both matches are available for purchase from

MEDIA: Vanessa Grimm ǀ 0419 744 236

Match Details
Westfield Matildas v Chile
Panthers Stadium, Penrith
Saturday 10 November 2018
Kick Off: 3:30pm (AEST)

Westfield Matildas v Chile
McDonald Jones Stadium, Newcastle
Tuesday 13 November 2018
Kick-Off: 7:30pm (AEST)

  • Venues NSW
  • CommBank Stadium
  • McDonald Jones Homes Stadium
  • Newcastle Entertainment Centre
  • Accor Stadium
  • Sydney Cricket Ground
  • Sydney Football Stadium
  • WIN Sports & Entertainment Centre