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Following on from ICON Festival last year, which saw English Premier League teams Crystal Palace, Leeds United, Manchester United and Aston Villa play exhibition matches at Optus Stadium, the EPL is coming back to Western Australia later this year as part of a massive few weeks of football in Perth.
Incredibly, across 20 days in the middle of the year in Perth there will be a total of seven football matches involving 11 different international teams, including a marquee EPL game between Tottenham Hotspur and West Ham United, plus FIFA Women’s World Cup games.
Here’s a handy little guide to get you ready for an unmissable few weeks of football:
There’ll be two games featuring EPL teams at Optus Stadium this year – the first will see West Ham United warming up against our very own Perth Glory on Saturday 15 July, before traditional London rivals Tottenham Hotspur and West Ham go into battle on Tuesday 18 July.
It marks the first time a London Derby has ever been played in Australia between Premier League opponents, and while Tottenham were last in Australia back in 2016 (playing two matches in Melbourne), this will be the first time in 28 years West Ham has been down under.
While it’s a little early to know how the lineups will look, all football fans no matter the team they support will be hopeful that superstar Harry Kane makes the trip, alongisde Tottenham’s best midfielder Dejan Kulusevski. Meanwhile West Ham fans will be clamouring for a look at Lucas Paquetá and Moroccan star Nayef Aguerd (below) in the flesh.
Tickets are already on sale, and there’s plenty of options to choose from – if you head to footballinperth.com.au you’ll find general admission seating alongside a variety of premium hospitality options, including Private Suites, Open Boxes, The Locker Room, Victory Lounge and more.
FIFA Women’s World Cup 2023
Once the Premier League fun has left town attention turns toward the 2023 FIFA World Cup, with the fixtures featuring five matches happening between July 22 and August 3 at Perth Rectangular Stadium:
Saturday 22 July: Denmark v China (Match #8 / Group Stage Match 1)
Wednesday 26 July: Republic of Ireland v Canada ( Match #19 / Group Stage Match 2)
Saturday 29 July: Jamaica v Group C Play-Off Winner* (Match #29 / Group Stage Match 2)
Tuesday 1 August: Group B Play-Off Winner** v Denmark (Match #40 / Group Stage Match 3)
Thursday 3 August: Morocco v Colombia (Match #48 / Group Stage Match 3)
*Winner of Papua New Guinea, Chinese Taipei, Panama and Paraguay
**Winner of Chile, Haiti and Senegal
Denmark, who play two of their three group games here over that period, last year announced Perth as their home base for the FIFA Women’s World Cup group stage, choosing Kingsway Reserve and DoubleTree by Hilton Waterfront for its team base camp as a central location and training site.
Ticket prices start at $10 for young children and go up to $40 for adults (more info here), and while they’re not on sale right now, you’re able to register your interest for when the Ticketing Portal re-opens on April 11 – marking 100 days until the tournament kicks off!
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