Your Westfield Matildas 2020 guide - key dates for March and more
It’s been a big few years for the Westfield Matildas and 2020 could be the biggest yet with Olympic Games qualifiers and the announcement on who will host the 2023 FIFA Women’s World Cup.
With so much to look forward to on the pitch for Ante Milicic’s side, we thought we’d put every match and key date in one spot to prepare for the year ahead.
While February's big games on home soil went to plan, there's still a stack of massive matches to get excited about.
So grab your pen and calendar, because these are the dates you are not going to want to miss.
2020 AFC Women's Olympic Qualifying Tournament – Westfield Matildas' results in third round
Friday, 7 February 2020
Australia 7-0 Chinese Taipei
Campbelltown Stadium, Leumeah
Monday, 10 February 2020
Thailand 0-6 Australia
Campbelltown Stadium, Leumeah
Thursday, 13 February 2020
Australia 1-1 China PR
Western Sydney Stadium, Parramatta
The Westfield Matildas first big test of 2020 came with the start of their Women's Olympic Qualifying campaign with a group stage tournament on home soil, due to the Coronavirus in China.
And the side came through the three matches in the space of six days on top of the group, with big wins over Chinese Taipei and Thailand followed by a draw with China.
Women’s Olympic Football Tournament Play-Off Round
Australia v Vietnam (Home Leg)
Date: Friday, 6 March 2020
Kick-off: 6.30pm AEDT
Venue: McDonald Jones Stadium, Newcastle, New South Wales, Australia
Broadcast: Live on FOX SPORTS, Kayo Sports, ABC iview (delayed on ABC TV) and the My Football Live App
The match will also be streamed LIVE on YouTube for viewers outside of Australia and Vietnam
Vietnam v Australia (Away Leg)
Date: Wednesday, 11 March 2020
Kick-off: 6.00pm local; 10pm AEDT
Venue: Cẩm Phả Stadium, Cẩm Phả, Quảng Ninh Province, Vietnam
After finishing top of their group, the Westfield Matildas have been pitted against Vietnam, who were runners-up behind Korea Republic in the other group.
It means Milicic's side will take on the world no.32 ranked nation in a home-and-away, two-legged play-off to earn the right to be one of three AFC representatives at the Tokyo Olympics.
Korea Republic will battle with China for the other spot from the AFC, with Japan having already qualified as tournament hosts.
International friendly matches in North America
United States of America v Australia
Date: Friday, 10 April 2020 (local time)
Kick-off: To be confirmed
Venue: Rio Tinto Stadium, Sandy, Utah, USA
Canada v Australia
Date: Tuesday, 14 April 2020 (local time)
Kick-off: 7.30pm – 12.30pm Wednesday, 15 April 2020
Venue: BC Place, Vancouver, Canada
What better way for the Westfield Matildas to prepare for the Tokyo Olympics - should they get past Vietnam - than with two high-profile friendlies against a couple of women's football's best teams.
Australia have built up quite a rivalry with world No.1 USA in recent years and it should be another thrilling encounter in Utah, before the Westfield Matildas take on Olympic Bronze medallists Canada just four days later.
2020 Tokyo Olympics Women's Football Tournament
Group Stage: July 22 (Wed), 25 (Sat), 28 (Tues)
Quarter Finals: July 31 (Fri)
Semi Finals: August 3 (Mon)
Bronze Medal Match: August 6 (Thurs)
Gold Medal Match: August 7 (Fri)
Should the Westfield Matildas reach the Olympic Games, they will be involved in one of three groups of four nations for the women's football tournament.
The top two teams in each group and two best third placed teams will qualify for the Quarter Finals, where the tournament becomes do-or-die from that point.