Garcia’s Socceroos pitch for new Perth stadium

The Socceroos could play a world powerhouse like England or Brazil in Western Australia to help launch Perth’s planned new stadium at Burswood in 2018.

A report in the West Australian newspaper on Tuesday outlined how a number of different codes were being considered to play the first match at the new $1billion, 65,000 capacity venue.

Football West with the backing of Football Federation Australia are hoping the Socceroos - the reigning Asian champions - will play the first match at the venue with a possible “Ashes” type clash against England being floated.

World Champions Germany and Samba kings Brazil are other nations mentioned in what would be the Socceroos' first game in WA since they played against Indonesia at nib Stadium in 2005.

WA-junior and Perth Glory midfielder Richard Garcia, who was capped 18 times for the Socceroos, backed the idea of bringing the national team to Perth to launch the stadium. 

“I think that would be fantastic," Garcia told

"Perth hasn’t really seen something like that and something as big as an international match at a new stadium would be fantastic.

“Not only for Australia but for WA. I’m sure you could probably sell a game like that three or four times over so it’d be fantastic for WA.”

But Football West and FFA will have to out spruik the AFL who are mounting their own case for the launch event.

The AFL it has  bigger claim on the stadium and that a Western Derby clash between West Coast and Freemantle would be the best way to launch the venue.

WA Football Commission chief executive Gary Walton told the West Australian: “The main content for the new stadium that keeps its viability - on a basis all these user agreements are sorted out properly - is going to be the week-in, week-out content of our two AFL clubs playing.

"International events come with a pretty significant up-front investment where a derby will, in my view, guarantee a capacity crowd and it'll come at no cost to the State."