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Here's When and Where You Can Watch the Matildas' Final Olympic Qualifying Matches to Reach the Paris Games

The two matches against Uzbekistan will determine whether the Tillies score one of the Asian Football Confederation's two places at the Paris Olympic Games.
By Sarah Ward
February 19, 2024
By Sarah Ward
February 19, 2024

2023 was the year of the Matildas. Here's hoping that 2024 will be as well. Australia's national women's soccer team made history on the pitch and on TV screens at the 2023 FIFA Women's World Cup, and inspired the word 'Matilda' to be chosen as the Australian National Dictionary Centre's 2023 Word of the Year. The squad's current aim: making it to this year's Paris Olympics, with two matches standing between them and playing at the games.

The Tillies competed in three qualifiers in Perth in October and November 2023, winning all three. The next step is a two-match fixture against Uzbekistan, which will determine whether the Aussies score one of the Asian Football Confederation's two places in Paris.

First up, on Saturday, February 24, the Steph Catley-led squad will play at Bunyodkor Stadium in Tashkent. Then, they're coming home to take to the pitch at Marvel Stadium in Melbourne on Wednesday, February 28.

If you'll be in Melbourne on the second date and you don't already have tickets, you've missed your chance to head along live. But, as always, 10Play and Paramount+ are your destinations — plus Network 10 on regular TV — to watch from home.

As for the squad, Sam Kerr won't be playing after injuring her ACL at a training camp for Women's Super League team Chelsea, which is why Catley will wear the captain's armband. Familiar names abound from there, including Mackenzie Arnold, Mary Fowler, Alanna Kennedy, Ellie Carpenter, Caitlin Foord, Kyra Cooney-Cross, Katrina Gorry, Hayley Raso, Emily van Egmond and Tameka Yallop.

Cortnee Vine will sit out the games for personal reasons, while Michelle Heyman rejoins the squad for the first time in six years.

The Matildas are hoping not only to get through to the Olympics, but to best the 2020 games' fourth placing, which is the team's best result yet.

In the qualifiers, Japan will play North Korea in two matches on the same February dates, with the winner securing the other Asian Football Confederation spot.

Whatever happens against Uzbekistan, the Tillies will hit the turf again in April, thanks to a friendly against Mexico in San Antonio in the US.

Matildas Final Paris Olympics Qualifying Matches vs Uzbekistan:

Saturday, February 24 — kickoff at 8pm AEDT / 7pm AEST / 5pm AWST
Wednesday, February 28 — kickoff at 8pm AEDT / 7pm AEST / 5pm AWST

The Matildas' final Olympic qualifiers take place on Saturday, February 24 and Wednesday, February 28 — and you can watch via 10Play and Paramount+.

Images: Tiff Williams.

Published on February 19, 2024 by Sarah Ward
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