International football superstar and Young Australian of the Year, Sam Kerr will join the Matildas for their first-ever Western Australian game when they play Thailand at nib Stadium on March 26, 2018.
- Matildas' first-ever Western Australian match to be played against Thailand at nib Stadium on March 26 – their farewell game before the 2018 Asian Cup
- International superstar and newly crowned Young Australian of the Year, Sam Kerr to play
- McGowan Government also secures Matildas' pre-Asian Cup training camp, with local juniors to rub shoulders with their heroes from March 23-30
The match will be the Matildas' farewell friendly before jetting off to Jordan for the 2018 Asian Cup.
The McGowan Government has also secured a week-long Matildas training camp following the friendly, where local junior players will have the chance to meet and rub shoulders with their heroes.
The match will be the first opportunity for WA football fans to see reigning Young Australian of the Year, Asian Women's Footballer of the Year and US National Women's Soccer League MVP Sam Kerr in Matildas colours in her home town.
Tickets to the match go on sale at 9am (WST) tomorrow (February 15), and will be available from the Matildas' website.
Comments attributed to Sport and Recreation Minister Mick Murray:
"This is a terrific coup for WA sport. Women's sport is booming in this State and what a treat for local football fans to have the Matildas here for the first time.
"The State Government has worked hard to secure the Matildas' pre-Asian Cup training camp, where there will be many opportunities for local football fans to meet and learn from some of our best.
"The Matildas are a real chance to take out the Asian Cup after their standout performance at the Tournament of Nations, so this is a great chance for local fans to send them off in style."
Comments attributed to Women's Interests Minister Simone McGurk:
"The historic, record-breaking AFL Women's clash last weekend demonstrated WA's hunger for women's sport – and it is terrific to see this will be followed with some top-class international football.
"Women like Sam Kerr provide young girls with hope that they can participate in—and champion—a sport with a typically male-dominated public profile. The Matildas training camp will drive the message home that football is a sport for women, just as much for men.
"It is exciting to watch the transformation here in Western Australia and, as a result of that change, we are now a serious contender as a location to showcase the best of the best in women's sport."