FFA confirms venues for Matildas' Olympic qualifiers
Australia's women's football team's path to the Olympic Games in Tokyo will detour through Sydney's western suburbs with the venues for next week's qualifiers confirmed.
Group B will kick off the final stage of qualification with Australia taking on Taiwan and China facing Thailand at Campbelltown Stadium on Monday.
A second double-header at the venue will pit the Matildas against the Thais while Taiwan tackle China on Thursday, Feb. 6.
The group wraps up at Bankwest Stadium on Sunday, Feb. 9, when Australia face China and Thailand meet Taiwan.
The top two teams will play the top two from Group A in two-leg home-and-away playoffs for the two available Asian spots at the Olympic tournament in Japan.
The fixtures have been rescheduled after China withdrew as host last weekend, following the coronavirus outbreak there.
Tickets go on sale on Thursday with Football Federation Australia hopeful of big crowds to boost the Matildas' bid for the Games.
"Our staff are continuing to work on the operational and logistical requirements for these fixtures in anticipation of the arrival of the participating nations, however securing the venues and kick-off times was paramount for the planning of the teams and fans," FFA chief executive James Johnson said.
The Matildas have previously played at Parramatta's Bankwest Stadium, drawing a record crowd of 20,029 for a stand-alone women's international in Australia, when they hosted Chile in a friendly.
The FFA has also confirmed all the Matildas fixtures' through the tournament will be broadcast on Fox Sports.
ASIAN WOMEN'S OLYMPIC QUALIFIERS - GROUP B SCHEDULE (all times AEDT)
Monday, Feb. 3 at Campbelltown Stadium
China vs. Thailand (4.30 p.m.)
Australia vs. Taiwan (7.30 p.m.)
Thursday, Feb. 6 at Campbelltown Stadium
Taiwan vs. China (4.30 p.m.)
Thailand vs. Australia (7.30 p.m.)
Sunday, Feb. 9 at Bankwest Stadium
Thailand vs Taiwan (3.10 p.m.)
Australia vs. China (6.10 p.m.)