Subway Socceroos take third round World Cup Qualifier to the Gold Coast

Subway Socceroos take third round World Cup Qualifier to the Gold Coast

4/07/2024

Football Australia has confirmed that the Subway Socceroos will face Bahrain at Robina Stadium, Gold Coast
on Thursday, 5 September 2024 (kick-off TBC) to open their Round Three AFC Asian Qualifiers™ – Road To
26 Qualification campaign.

The match marks the first time the Subway Socceroos have played on the Gold Coast, as they continue their
journey towards the FIFA World Cup 2026™ and the prospect of a sixth consecutive appearance at
international football’s showpiece event in Canada, Mexico and the United States.

Graham Arnold’s side will commence the third phase of qualification off the back of an impressive run of form
throughout Round Two, with six consecutive victories to finish atop Group I – scoring 22 goals without
conceding.

Football Australia CEO, James Johnson said the Subway Socceroos arrival on the Gold Coast represented a
significant moment for football in the region.

“We are thrilled to bring this historic fixture to the Gold Coast. This is a key moment for football in the region
and for the Socceroos as we enter the business end of World Cup qualification. The road to FIFA World Cup
2026™ is our chance to make history,” Johnson said.

“Our strategic focus is to qualify directly and continue to build the Socceroos' brand on the world stage, drive
interest domestically and abroad, and build the profiles of our current and emerging stars. This match against
Bahrain at Robina Stadium is a crucial step in that journey.

“The Gold Coast and surrounding areas have long been a hotbed for producing talent – many of whom have
gone on to represent our men’s and women’s national teams – and we know just how strong the football
community is in south-east Queensland. To bring an international fixture of this calibre and importance to the
Gold Coast is something we’re really excited about.

“Experience Gold Coast has demonstrated a strong commitment to football at both the domestic and
international level in recent years, and it’s so pleasing to have a partner with such a passion for our game. They
have a fantastic record of delivering world-class sporting events, and we’re thankful for their support,”
Johnson concluded.

Mayor of Gold Coast, Tom Tate said: “Our reputation as an international sporting destination continues to
grow, as we look forward to welcoming the Socceroos to the Gold Coast for the first time.

“Robina Stadium will be a sea of green and gold with local fans cheering on our Aussie football heroes on
home soil, aiming to again qualify for the World Cup,” Mayor Tate concluded.

Experience Gold Coast CEO, John Warn said: "What a coup for football fans and our city to secure a World
Cup Qualifier and see the Socceroos in action.

"It is testament to the quality of our venues and facilities that the Gold Coast is increasingly becoming a
destination of choice for major sporting events,” Warn concluded.

Subway Socceroos’ Head Coach, Graham Arnold said his squad would be focused on making a strong start
to their next phase of qualification.

“Firstly, I think it’s fantastic we continue to play games in new locations, allowing more fans around Australia
the chance to see the Socceroos in their own backyard,” Arnold said.

“I often speak with the players about the privilege of representing your nation on home soil, and even more
so in your hometown in front of family and friends. We’ve got several players from south-east Queensland
and this game represents a special moment for them. It’s also something that can inspire the next generation
of Socceroos watching on from the stands.

“This is the beginning of a very important period for us, and we’re looking forward to kicking things off on the
Gold Coast,” concluded Arnold.

Scheduled to be played from September 2024 to June 2025, the AFC Asian Qualifiers™ – Road to 26 will
feature three groups of six teams playing in a home-and-away, round-robin format, offering direct qualification
to the FIFA World Cup 2026™ for the top two finishers of each group.

To find out all the latest information on fixtures, results and Third Round Qualification updates please click
here
.

Ticket information for Gold Coast: Tickets for this match start from $15 Child, $20 Concession, $29 Adult,
and $58 Family, with a Football Account Pre-Sale at 10.00am AEST on Friday, 5 July 2024 and General Public
On-Sale at 2.00pm AEST Monday, 8 July 2024 via Ticketmaster.

$2 (plus GST) from every ticket sold will be donated to the CommBank Pararoos and CommBank
ParaMatildas, Australia's CP national teams for male and female footballers with cerebral palsy, acquired brain
injury or symptoms from a stroke.

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The Subway Socceroos’ AFC Asian Qualifiers™ – Road to 26 will be broadcast live thanks to Football
Australia’s broadcast partner, 10 Paramount.

Subway Socceroos v Bahrain
Thursday, 5 September 2024
Robina Stadium, Gold Coast
Kick-off: TBC
Tickets: Start from $15 Child, $20 Concession, $29 Adult, and $58 Family. Tickets from Ticketmaster.
Football Account Pre-Sale: 10.00am AEST on Friday, 5 July 2024.
General Public On-Sale: 2.00pm AEST Monday, 8 July 2024.
Broadcast: 10 Paramount


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