Novocastrians have played a significant role in the success of the Matildas throughout their history, so it’s fitting that City of Newcastle will screen the team’s World Cup games on the big screen in Wheeler Place this month.
And with local athletes, Clare Wheeler and Emily Van Egmond named in the 23-player squad there’ll be plenty to cheer about.
Crowds are expected to flock to the city for the Matildas’ first game against the Republic of Ireland on Thursday 20 July.
“Gathering as a community at the Newcastle live site to support the Matildas in the Women’s World Cup will ignite a power of unity and celebrate the remarkable accomplishments of women’s football and women’s sport in general,” Former Matildas midfielder Shelley Youman said.
“Newcastle has always been a fantastic sporting hub for female athletes. The Women’s World Cup on home soil will create electric atmosphere, and inspire a new generation of athletes, demonstrating that the strength and spirit of a community can transcend the boundaries of the sporting arena.”
The boig screen will be set up next to Civic Theatre from 7 pm for each of Australia’s matches during the Group stage, which will also see the Matildas take on the Republic of Ireland on Thursday 20 July, Nigeria on 27 July and Canada on 31 July. To keep up to date with event details visit City of Newcastle’s Facebook page.