The Socceroos’ first home 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifier kicks off against Bangladesh tomorrow night at nib Stadium.

  • Socceroos to play Bangladesh tomorrow in 2018 FIFA World Cup home qualifier
  • Match expected to be watched by thousands of spectators
  • Supported by the State Government through Tourism WA

Tourism Minister Kim Hames said it was a coup for Western Australia to host the FIFA World Cup qualifying match, which is expected to attract a huge audience both locally and overseas.

“There is much excitement around this game as Perth is the first Australian city to welcome the Socceroos as they start their journey to qualify for the World Cup in Russia,” Dr Hames said.

“This is also the first time in 10 years that the AFC Asian Cup champions will play in Perth, so a fantastic opportunity for football fans to see their sporting favourites live in action.”

Dr Hames said the State Government, through Tourism WA, was proud to have secured the 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifier for Perth, which he said would help raise WA’s profile through national and international media exposure.

“Football is the world’s most popular sport, and it is great news that the match against Bangladesh will be broadcast nationally and internationally, promoting our city to potential visitors,” he said.

“Tourism contributes about $8.9 billion to the State’s economy and generates about 94,000 jobs. Hosting events of this calibre is part of the State Government’s strategy to increase the value of tourism to $12 billion by 2020.”

Sport and Recreation Minister Mia Davies said children took inspiration from seeing the best of our athletes competing on the world stage, which would be even more exciting when the new Perth Stadium opens in 2018.

“Here in WA more than 200,000 people play football, including 42,000 registered in local competitions. About 26,000 of those are juniors, making football one of the State’s most played team sports.”

Fact File:

  • 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifier (Australia vs Bangladesh) will be held on September 3 at nib Stadium
  • Socceroos qualified for the 1974, 2006, 2010 and 2014 FIFA World Cups
  • AFC stands for Asian Football Confederation
  • For more information, visit http://www.socceroos.com.au/

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