Football Australia CEO James Johnson said that the team was excited to be playing on home turf once again: "In 2023 we witnessed the special connection between the Commbank Matildas and the Australian public with 11 straight sold-out home matches and record broadcast audiences."
"We are confident that we will build on that connection in 2024 and this fan fervour will be a vital factor when we welcome the team for the first home international of the year against Uzbekistan."
The Matildas last played the Central Asian side in 2007 during a qualifier for the 2008 Beijing Olympics. The girls in the green and gold won comfortably 10 - 0.
Matildas' Head Coach Tony Gustavsson said despite their shared history with the Uzbeck's, the team would be approaching the match with "the seriousness it deserves."
"Four our team, this is an opportunity to continue adding to the significant legacy they have already built and to provide another moment where we can unite as a nation."
"Qualifying for a third straight Women's Olympic Football Tournament would be another piece of history for this group of players and I know every member of the team will be doing everything possible to be prepared."
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In December 2023, the Matildas lost both matches of their two-match friendly series against the Canadian Maple Leafs - the reigning Olympic champions from the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games.
Both teams last took to the field against each other during the 2023 FIFA Women's World Cup, where the Matildas won 4 - 1 in their final group stage match against the reigning Olympic champions from the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games.
As for the individual players – Sam Kerr has a contract with the UK soccer team, Chelsea for another year. Given the Aussie athlete has helped secure the team seven of ten domestic trophies, we doubt they’ll let Sam go anytime soon, and nor does she want to leave.
“I feel like I have a lot more to give,” she has previously told the Telegraph.
Sadly, however, in early January 2024, Sam revealed she had ruptured her ACL. It is still unconfirmed whether she will play at the Olympics and highly unlikely that she will play prior as she recovers.
The next FIFA Women’s World Cup won’t be held until 2027 – a lot can happen in four years.
“We have to play at our club. We have to play well and stay injury-free. There might be a few more babies maybe. I don’t know. Four years is a long time but I hope the core group is still together,” Sam told reporters ahead of the third-place play-off match against Sweden.
However, Sam hopes to retain some of the core members returning in 2027.
“I hope to be here. I am only 29. I think most of us will still be here if we have the opportunity,” she said at the time.
“Of course, there will be people who come into the side and take someone’s position and people that might not want to keep playing but at the moment I haven’t heard talks of anyone retiring.”