Adelaide to host Socceroos World Cup qualifier

The Socceroos will play a World Cup qualifier in Adelaide for the first time in 11 years when they take on Tajikistan in March.

Tourism Minister Leon Bignell likened the event to the recent international Day-Night cricket test last week which put the city on the international stage.

The game will be played at Adelaide Oval.

Bignell said: “This game – like the world’s first international Day-Night Test last week – will place Adelaide firmly on centre stage, attracting attention from all over the globe.

“It will be broadcast to a huge national audience on Fox Sports and SBS and to football fans in Asia who will be eager to see if Australia can maintain its position at the top of its qualifying group.

“The Socceroos will also have a training camp during the week leading up to the game, giving fans even more opportunities to see them in action in Adelaide.

“It has been 11 years since the Socceroos last played a World Cup qualifying match here, and almost five years since a friendly match against New Zealand prior to Adelaide Oval’s redevelopment. It is now one of the best stadiums in the world.”

The Socceroos celebrate with Adelaide born Troisi during a hometown friendly in 2011

The friendly between EPL giants Liverpool and A-League outfit Adelaide United at the same venue in July attracted 10,000 interstate and overseas visitors who pumped $10 million into the South Australian economy.

The Socceroos currently sit on top of Group B and are in the hunt for their fourth consecutive world cup appearance.

In September the Socceroos returned to Perth after more than a decade where they trounced Bangladesh. Last month they defeated Kyrgyzstan in Canberra in front of almost 20,000 people.

Socceroos coach Ange Postecoglou said the match in Adelaide continued the recent trend of taking the current Asian Champions to all corners of Australia.

“The Socceroos represent all Australians so it is important we give fans from all over the country the opportunity to watch the team play these World Cup Qualifiers,” Postecoglou said.

“South Australia has a very rich football history and it’s tremendous news we are playing Tajikistan in Adelaide. This is a very important match for us so I encourage fans to get behind the Socceroos and get a ticket to what will be a great occasion.” 

Tickets for the March 24 match go on sale to FFA Football Family members today.

General tickets are available on Wednesday from 11am (AEDT) . For more information regarding ticketing please visit www.socceroos.com.au/tickets.