All Whites to play Australia’s Socceroos at Eden Park in September

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The All Whites will play Australia at Auckland’s Eden Park in September as part of a two-game series against the Socceroos.

It will be the first time the trans-Tasman rivals have met in more than a decade, and the first full international to be played in New Zealand since the Peru World Cup match in 2017.

The game is scheduled for Sunday September 25, 2022, with a 4pm kick-off.

The Australian-hosted game in the series is expected to be played on Thursday September 22 at a venue yet to be confirmed.

Tickets will go on sale from Friday June 10, and will start at $20.

A pre-sale is available to New Zealand Whānau members from midday on Tuesday June 7 (click here to join Football Whānau).

The All Whites-Socceroos match will celebrate the centenary of the first game between the countries, played in June 1922 in Dunedin.

Announcing the Eden Park fixture, NZ Football Andrew Pragnell said:

“This is a ground-breaking and history-making game in so many ways.

“We are delighted to be able to commemorate 100 years of trans-Tasman football in partnership with Football Australia and bring senior international football to Eden Park for the first time ever. It’s a game not to be missed. It will have an incredible atmosphere and something for all Kiwis to get behind and be proud of.

“We made a commitment to play more games in Aotearoa for all our national sides. Now with our borders open, I am very pleased we are able to announce this match with more senior international football hosted in New Zealand set to be confirmed soon.

“This game represents an opportunity for all New Zealanders to witness some of Aotearoa’s greatest football talent who have been developing and plying their trade abroad at the highest levels.”

All Whites head coach Danny Hay told the NZ Football website:

“Our attention right now is obviously focused on our FIFA World Cup Intercontinental Play-Off game against Costa Rica but it is great to know we have this waiting for us in September.

“We know fans want this game but so do the players and staff. Having the chance to finally play at home, play at Eden Park and take on the Aussies is really exciting. I can’t wait.”

Main photo: Shane Wenzlick / Phototek.

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