Canberra lands Socceroos World Cup qualifier

Canberra football fans will see the Socceroos in the national capital for the first time in four years after a deal was struck for the next 2018 World Cup home qualifier.

Australia face Kyrgyzstan at Canberra’s GIO Stadium on Thursday November 12 after an agreement was reached between Football Federation Australia and the ACT Government.

The announcement was made at GIO Stadium on Monday and attended by ACT Chief Minister Andrew Barr.

Last week the Socceroos defeated Bangladesh 5-0 in Perth, marking the national team's return to the WA capital after a decade-long absence.

FFA chief David Gallop underlined the decision to take the team beyond the usual Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane markets, describing the Socceroos as “a team for all Australians”.

“We are happy to be able to take the team to all parts of the country during this phase of World Cup qualification,” Gallop said.

“Canberra has a strong and vibrant football community and with the support of Capital Football we will be engaging with football fans in the ACT leading up to the match.”

In their last appearance in the nation’s capital, Australia defeated Malaysia 5-0 in a friendly.

Capital Football CEO Heather Reid said. “Following the huge success of the Asian Cup in Canberra earlier this year, we are delighted to see the ACT Government continuing to support international football by bringing the Socceroos to GIO Stadium as part of their world cup qualification games.

“This is a rare opportunity for the football community and sports fans to see the Socceroos in action so I encourage everyone to support the investment and support the Socceroos in November.”

The match will be Australia’s 5th match in the opening round of World Cup qualification after Ange Postecoglou’s men defeated Kyrgyzstan 2-1 in Bishkek in the first match of qualification before defeating Bangladesh 5-0 on Thursday night at a sold out nib Stadium in Perth.

After the Kyrgyzstan match, the Socceroos will fly from Canberra to Dhaka where they will take on Bangladesh on Tuesday November 17.

All Socceroos matches in the opening round of 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualification are broadcast exclusively LIVE on FOX SPORTS and on a one hour delay on SBS.


Australia v Kyrgyzstan                  

12 November 2015

GIO Stadium, Canberra                

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