The Matildas World Cup preparation heats up with the announcement of a two-game friendly series against Chile in November.
Australia will again head to Penrith (on November 10), and Newcastle (on November 13), to host the 39th-ranked Chilean team.
A year after those two venues saw the Matildas extend their unbeaten run in front of 31,918 fans across the two games, die-hard spectators will be hoping for much of the same.
Australia and Chile have never played each other before but both will feature at the FIFA World Cup in France next year; the South Americans for the first time, the Matildas for their seventh consecutive tournament.
Matildas head coach Alen Stajcic was full of praise for his side’s opponents.
“Chile are an emerging nation in international women’s football and have qualified for next year’s FIFA Women’s World cup for the first time in their history,” he said.
"They (Chile) had a fantastic Copa America this year and have showed a great level of technical proficiency, as we would expect from a proud South American footballing nation.”
Stajcic was also pleased with the test Chile presents ahead of the World Cup.
“For us to prepare for the FIFA Women’s World Cup we need to play against a diverse range of opposition and Chile will be great challenge for us.
FFA CEO David Gallop highlighted the importance of these fixtures.
“Last year’s matches against Brazil at these two venues were truly memorable events with a sell-out crowd in Penrith and a new crowd record in Newcastle,” he said.
“The past 18 months have seen the Westfield Matildas go from strength to strength, they have captured the imagination of all Australians and have inspired a new generation of footballers.
“With the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup coming up in nine months, and our own bid to host the 2023 FIFA Women’s World Cup ramping up, matches like this are important on and off the field.”
This announcement follows reports of a friendly between England and Australia in October as well as a confirmed friendly against France in Saint-Etienne on October 5.
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