West Australians will get another chance to see the Caltex Socceroos live in Perth when they take on Iraq in the opening match for Australia in the final round of the FIFA World Cup qualifiers in September 2016.

  • Second chance for West Australians to see Australia on the road to Russia
  • Proudly supported by State Government, through Tourism WA and VenuesWest

The Socceroos kicked off their 2018 FIFA World Cup campaign last September with a qualifier against Bangladesh in front of a sellout crowd at nib Stadium. The Australians won the match 5 – nil.

Premier and Tourism Minister Colin Barnett today announced that the Liberal National Government, through Tourism Western Australia and VenuesWest, had secured a second FIFA World Cup qualification match.

“Perth will again host the Socceroos as part of their campaign to qualify for the 2018 FIFA World Cup when they take on the 2007 Asian champions Iraq at nib Stadium on September 1,” Mr Barnett said.

“The team will play five home fixtures in the lead up to Russia and it’s a great coup for Western Australia to host one of those games.”

The Premier said the match would not only give locals the chance to watch the Socceroos in action, it would provide valuable exposure for the State through TV and media coverage and attract fans to Perth.

“Major international events are vital for the State’s economy,” Mr Barnett said. “They attract visitors, add vibrancy and generate national and international media exposure for WA,” he said

“The national and international broadcast of the Socceroos v Iraq 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifier will provide the perfect opportunity of us to show the rest of the world our extraordinary city.”

The Premier said world-class events hosted by world-class venues played an important role in the State Government’s strategy to grow WA’s tourism industry.

“In 2015, visitors to Western Australian spent $9 billion during their stay in the State and we want to see that figure grow to $12 billion by 2020,” he said.

Fact File

  • 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifier Australia vs Iraq will be held on Thursday, September 1
  • Socceroos qualified for the 1974, 2006, 2010 and 2014 FIFA World Cups
  • For more information, visit www.socceroos.com.au

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