Perth to host Women’s Asian Cup 2026 matches as female participation hits all-time high

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Perth is set to be showcased to over 100 million people around the globe during the Women’s Asian Cup in 2026.

Western Australia has been selected as one of three host states for the international football competition which will feature the much-loved Matildas.

Hosting rights are being shared between WA, New South Wales and Queensland for the tournament which is expected to generate millions in visitor spend.

“We’re very excited to be hosting yet another world-class football event here in Perth, further bolstering our reputation as the fastest growing major events destination in the South East Asia region,” said WA Tourism Minister Rita Saffioti.

The interest in football has grown in recent years in Perth and WA after hosting group stage matches in the FIFA Women’s World Cup in 2023.

Since then, a record-breaking 10,000 female players have registered to play in the state, with a total of 50,000 people signed up for the current season.

“We are confident this AFC Women’s Asian Cup 2026 will continue to build on this, and we look forward to welcoming fans from far and wide to witness this fantastic event in a couple years’ time,” Saffioti added.

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And Sport and Recreation Minister David Templeman said these matches will also add to the state’s economy.

“Hosting these events clearly has tremendous benefits for WA, bringing great value to our State’s economy while providing our community the opportunity to experience international football right here in Perth,” he said.

“We saw the huge turnout and support for women’s football during the FIFA Women’s World Cup and Matildas’ Olympic Qualifiers, and this event is another great opportunity to continue growing the world game.”

Perth fixtures for the AFC Women’s Asian Cup 2026 will be announced at a later date.

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