You've Got Two More Chances to Watch the Matildas Play in 2023 Thanks to Friendlies Against Canada
Australia's beloved national women's football team is capping off a huge year with their last games of the year.
December 01, 2023
One of the best presents that Australians received in 2023 came from the Matildas, who had a record-breaking 2023 FIFA Women's World Cup on the field and on-screen, and are also the reason that Matilda was named the country's word of the year. Australia's national women's soccer team isn't done giving us gifts yet, however. To see out 2023, the squad is taking on Canada in two friendlies, gifting fans two more chances to watch, don green and gold, and celebrate Alanna Kennedy, Ellie Carpenter, Steph Catley, Caitlin Foord, Mary Fowler and company.
Mark these dates and times in your diaries: Saturday, December 2 at 2pm AEDT / 1pm AEST / 11am AWST; and Wednesday, December 6 at 1.30pm AEDT / 12.30pm AEST / 10.30am AWST. Both games are taking place in Canada, but they're timed around lunchtime Down Under — which is particularly handy for the Saturday game, and will level up your lunchtime on Wednesday.
This is only the second set of matches that the Tillies have played since making the Women's World Cup semi-finals, Australia's best-ever result for either the men's or women's soccer teams. Back in October and November, the Matildas returned home for Olympic qualifiers against Iran, The Philippines and Chinese Taipei in Perth, wining all three.
A few familiar faces won't be taking to the turf for the Canada matches, with both Sam Kerr and Mackenzie Arnold injured and unable to play. But Kennedy, Carpenter, Catley, Foord and Fowler are all in the 23-person squad, as are Kyra Cooney-Cross, Katrina Gorry, Hayley Raso, Emily van Egmond and Tameka Yallop.
The last time that the Matildas played Canada was in the Women's World Cup group stage, where they won 4–0 thanks to two goals to Raso, and one apiece to Fowler and Catley.
After this, the Tillies will face off against Uzbekistan in February 2024 in the next stage of Olympic qualifiers, playing two games. If you're in Sydney, you can also see Arnold, Fowler and Kennedy doing a live fan stadium event on Thursday, December 21.
THE MATILDAS VS CANADA FRIENDLIES:
Saturday, December 2 — 2pm AEDT / 1pm AEST / 11am AWST
Wednesday, December 6 — 1.30pm AEDT / 12.30pm AEST / 10.30am AWST
Images: Tiff Williams / Little Blinky via Wikimedia Commons.
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