Victoria has fended off fierce competition from other states to stage the biggest game on the road to Russia.
Major events keep Victoria’s economy strong, attracting visitors from all over Australia and the world.
Victoria will host the big-ticket blockbuster of Australia’s 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifier campaign when the Socceroos take on Japan at Etihad Stadium.
Premier Daniel Andrews today joined Acting Minister for Tourism and Major Events Philip Dalidakis and Football Federation Australia chief executive David Gallop to announce Victoria has fended off hot competition from other states to stage the biggest game on the road to Russia.
Australia and Japan are two of Asian football’s most fierce rivals. The pair met in the group stage of the 2006 FIFA World Cup, when Tim Cahill scored twice to secure a come-from-behind Socceroos victory that is forever etched in Australia’s sporting folklore.
The crucial contest at Etihad Stadium will coincide with the 54th Australia-Japan Joint Business Conference, secured for Melbourne by the Andrews Labor Government last year.
Japan is one of the largest international investors in Victoria, with more than 140 Japanese companies operating across the state.
Nobody does the world-class sporting events like Victoria. It’s why the top sporting codes turn to us to stage their biggest flagship events.
A full Etihad Stadium will give the Socceroos the boost they need to book a spot in the FIFA World Cup for a fourth-straight occasion.
Major events keep Victoria’s economy strong, attracting visitors from all over Australia and the world. The Labor Government has boosted Victoria’s major events war chest by $80 million, to position us perfectly to attract the events that create jobs and help businesses grow.
The Socceroos will take on Japan on October 11.