Australia’s two national soccer teams – the Socceroos and Matildas – are locked in for an International Football Festival in September at Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane.
Tourism and Sport Minister Stirling Hinchliffe said Matildas and Socceroos are expected to bring $10 million to Queensland’s visitor economy.
“We are delighted to secure both the Matildas and the Socceroos for an International Football Festival in September in Queensland,” Mr Hinchliffe said.
“It will be a great opportunity to see both teams live and at the top of their game ahead of the FIFA World Cup.™ appearances.
“Not only is Suncorp Stadium the best rectangular stadium in the world, it will also attract over 8,000 Interstate football fans and up to 17,000 Queenslanders from outside Brisbane.
“The Matildas and Socceroos are a big winner for Brisbane’s visitor economy with a $10 million bonus for local tourism and hotel operators.”
Queensland International Football Festival begins September 3 with Matildas v Canada
Canada is a Tokyo Olympics champion and currently ranked number six in the world.
The Socceroos are confirmed for a clash at Suncorp Stadium with the New Zealand All Whites on September 22.
“Brisbane will be the last opportunity anywhere in Australia to attend the Socceroos ahead of their 2022 FIFA World Cup™ campaign in Qatar,” Mr. Hinchliffe said.
“The Matildas and Canada play just hours before the Riverfire lights up the night sky, making it the perfect weekend in Brisbane for Queensland regional and interstate football fans.
“New Zealand and the Socceroos in Brisbane are a significant event for both countries, marking a century since the first Southern Hemisphere international football match in Dunedin.
“This year Australia is celebrating 100 years of the men’s national football team, now known worldwide as the Socceroos.
“We have secured these major football events for Queensland’s range of premier international sporting events on our green and gold track through to Brisbane 2032.”
Football Australia CEO James Johnson says there has never been a more exciting time for Australian rules football.
“To be able to play both our senior national teams in the same city, in the same place and in the same month is very special,” Mr Johnson said.
“Football fans from across Australia will converge on Queensland’s capital for the opportunity to watch Australia’s best footballers prepare for their respective FIFA World Cups™.
“Queensland were well represented in the first-ever men’s national team and we are delighted to honor that connection through this centenary match at Suncorp Stadium.
“We look forward to delivering two memorable matches.
Lord Mayor Adrian Schrinner said the major events helped boost Brisbane’s economy, encouraging people to stay longer and supporting local businesses.
“Football fever takes over in September, exciting residents, attracting visitors and showcasing Brisbane nationally and globally as a world-class event city,” said Cr Schrinner.
“These blockbuster matches will attract over 25,000 visitors from across Queensland and the highway to Brisbane who will stay at our hotels, enjoy Brisbane’s world-class dining destinations and support local businesses.
“These historic football matches come a year away from the biggest women’s sporting event in the world, with eight FIFA Women’s World Cup matches to be hosted by Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane in 2023.”