The Caltex Socceroos will host UAE in a World Cup Qualifier at Sydney Football Stadium in March

The Caltex Socceroos will host UAE in a World Cup Qualifier at Sydney Football Stadium in March.

The Caltex Socceroos will face United Arab Emirates in a 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifier at the Sydney Football Stadium on Tuesday 28 March 2017.

The game will be the 7th match of the Caltex Socceroos current World Cup Qualifying campaign and is the next 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifier to be played in Australia following away matches with Thailand (15 November 2016) and Iraq (23 March 2017).

The Caltex Socceroos defeated Jordan 5-1 in a World Cup Qualifier at the Sydney Football Stadium on 29 March 2016, almost one year to the day before the upcoming match, with 25,000 fans watching the team progress to the current round of qualifying.

“FFA is pleased to announce that through its long term agreement with the NSW Government and Destination NSW, the World Cup Qualifier against UAE will be played at Sydney Football Stadium on 28 March,” said FFA CEO David Gallop.

“The Caltex Socceroos defeated Jordan in front of 25,000 fans at Sydney Football Stadium in March this year and I’m sure the people of Sydney will get behind the team after what was an entertaining match and fantastic performance from Ange’s squad.

“The road to Russia is heating up and this will be a critical match in the campaign. When we play at home in Australia we need to make the most of the opportunity on and off the pitch.”

The match has been supported by the NSW Government, through its tourism and major events agency Destination NSW, as part of its commitment to bring major events to NSW.

Minister for Trade, Tourism and Major Events and Minister for Sport, Stuart Ayres said: “Sydney brings out the best in the Socceroos, and we can’t wait to see their incredible record of success continue against the UAE on 28 March next year.”

2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers – Match Details

Caltex Socceroos v United Arab Emirates

Tuesday 28 March 2016

Sydney Football Stadium

Kick off TBC


Tickets for the match go on sale to FFA Football Family members from 2pm Thursday 3 November to Tuesday 8 November at 2pm.

Tickets for the general public are available from 2pm Tuesday 8 November.

For more information regarding ticketing please visit


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Melbourne City’s next-gen stars revealed

Melbourne City youngster Daniel Arzani in action against Perth Glory in Round 3.

Imagine if you shared a dressing room with Tim Cahill? Practised shooting with Bruno Fornaroli. Or talked tactics with Thomas Sorensen?

Right now, if you were a young Australian player with talent and ambition, surely Melbourne City would be top of your wish list.

While it may be the equivalent of Mission Impossible breaking into City’s first XI, having such football royalty as mentors will stand these youngsters in great stead on their own football journeys wherever they end up in the world.

And yes, there’s a massive media focus on City’s huge signings as they power on in the Hyundai A-League and Westfield FFA Cup, but head coach John van ‘t Schip is also grooming the next-generation of Cityzens coming through the ranks at their fabulous HQ, recently described as on par with Premier League clubs by Cahill himself.

So, who are the younger, fringe Cityzens looking to make a name for themselves?

Van ‘t Schip – well respected back home in the Netherlands as well as Italy, where he was a star with Ajax and Genoa respectively – explained to

“Ruon [Tongyik] is a defender from Adelaide.  He’s a centre-back that loves to play out from the back.

“On the ball he’s a player that can build up, he’s strong in the one against one, he has good speed, and in the air he’s good. He’s a player with potential to be a leader as well.

“Of course there are things he has to prove, his concentration, his passing can be better but I hope if he continues developing and training against the likes of Cahill and Fornaroli he’s only going to get better.

“Then we have Denis Genreau is a young player from our youth team. He’s a midfield player, he’s only 16, 17, good on the ball and strong in the personal battles, he’s not afraid to put himself about.

“He’s still going to school so he can’t train every day but we believe has a bright future. We have Christian Cavallo, left full back, good player.

“Braedyn Crowley, he’s a striker, something we don’t have in our own youth that’s why we got him in. He played for Northcote in the NPL here.

“Another one is Daniel Arzani. He’s a very talented player that is struggling now with coming into an A-League environment with a lot of physical players and with a lot of players more mature than he is, he’s still just 17.

“But for a boy like him it’s great to be in the dressing room with the likes of Fornaroli, Cahill, Sorensen, Muscat, Rose, they learn a lot from those players.

“In the meantime they have to be focused on what they have to improve. We as coaches will help them and the players around them will help them as well.”

Cahill himself has identified Arzani as a genuine star of the future, saying he was “all over him” in an attempt to help his career blossom.


Van’t Schip readily admits our younger players come into a professional environment missing the benefits of some other countries’ junior development – though it’s not so much that he notices.

“They [Aussie youngsters] miss the base of being in a high football environment when they are young so they have to catch up when they are 17, 18, 19 in a quick way, to get all the things maybe they could have learned in the years before.


“But in an environment as we have for an A-League club it comes quicker and it comes more natural as every day you’re going to get pointed at for what you’re doing well but also what you have to improve by your colleague players or by your coaches.

“I don’t see there’s a big difference.

“The competition and quality maybe is not enough as we would like to have in Australia,” he noted.

“In Europe you have that much competition between good players that they lift each other to a higher level and the quantity of good players is bigger.

“There’s more leagues, there’s more academies where in their youth they can improve a lot. That’s the big difference.”

That’s why he’s pushing hard helping these local kids develop in such a professional environment.

“My challenge is… every time we see a game, to work on the details of how we can improve the team but also how we can improve players individually in little things.


“It gives you the drive to continue. It’s not always about winning, it’s about seeing a young boy playing and feeling, ‘finally he did it’.

“I always like that, to see something happening with a younger player or even a player that maybe has learned something at an age where he thought he could not expect to do those things.

“I enjoy that.”

Melbourne City face Adelaide United tonight (Friday) at AAMI Park.


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Important Westfield FFA Cup Final 2016 Ticketing Information

Melbourne City takes on Sydney FC in the final of the 2016 Westfield FFA Cup at AAMI Park on November 30.

Melbourne City takes on Sydney FC in the final of the 2016 Westfield FFA Cup at AAMI Park on November 30.

All the important ticketing information you need to know to be there for the final of the 2016 Westfield FFA Cup at AAMI Park.

Match Details:

Melbourne City v Sydney FC
Wednesday 30 November
Gates Open: 6.00pm (AEDT)
Kick Off: 7.30pm (AEDT)

When to purchase:

  • Exclusive Member Window | 12pm (AEDT) Friday 28 October – 8.59am (AEDT) Wednesday 2 November
  • Football Family Booking Window | 12pm (AEDT) Wednesday 2 November – 8.59am (AEDT) Thursday 3 November
  • General Public on sale | 9am (AEDT) Thursday 3 November

Please note, Melbourne City Members and Sydney FC Members are also entitled to purchase additional tickets within the Football Family on sale period. Both pre-sales give access to 10% off the below prices.

How much are tickets?

  • Category A – $70 Adult, $50 Concession, $30 Child, $140 Family
  • Category B – $45 Adult, $30 Concession, $15 Child, $90 Family
  • Category C General Admission (including active support) – $25 Adult, $15 Concession, $5 Child, $50 Family

Note, prices quoted above do not include Ticketek transaction fees.

What is my Password?

Melbourne City and Sydney FC Members have been sent email communication outlining these details. In case you have not received this, Ticketed Members should use your barcode number while Non-Ticketed Members should use your surname plus member number with no spacing.

Football Family Members should use your MFN number.

How do I purchase tickets?


How do I purchase my same seat?
Click here and select the ‘Westfield FFA Cup Final – Same Seat Members’ option and enter your Member password that was sent via email.

If booking your same seat you will initially receive a receipt for your ticket purchase.

You will then receive an ezyTicket (print at home ticket) via email from Ticketek on Thursday 3 November after tickets go on sale to the general public.

Alternatively, you can select the main event ‘Westfield FFA Cup Final 2016’ option if you do not want to purchase your same seat. You can simply purchase tickets on a next best available basis.

How do I book on behalf of other Reserved Seat Members?
You can enter multiple passwords when booking (up to 10). Please note if you are booking for a group and wanting to sit together in the same seats you have during the Hyundai A-League season; please ensure all passwords are from consecutive seats. You will need to enter your member’s password for each seat you wish to purchase. For example, to book a family ticket you need to enter four consecutively seated barcodes.

How do I purchase additional tickets?
If you are purchasing your own seat and would like to purchase additional tickets, you will need to do so in a separate transaction. Please note additional tickets are unlikely to be next to your Members seat.

To purchase additional tickets, please click here, select the ‘Westfield FFA Cup Final 2016’ option and enter your member password.

You are entitled to purchase up to 10 tickets per membership.

Please note that all Westfield FFA Cup Final 2016 information is subject to change. Keep up to date with the latest information at

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Fixture updates for Hyundai A-League 2016/2017 Season Draw

The FFA has announced two updates to the draw for Hyundai A-League season 2016/17 involving Western Sydney Wanderers.

Thursday, 27 October 2016

Staff writer

Football Federation Australia (FFA) has made two adjustments to the Hyundai A-League 2016/17 Season Draw.

Western Sydney Wanderers FC’s clashes in round 23 and 24 of Hyundai A-League 2016/17 season have been confirmed.

The Wanderers will host Wellington Phoenix in round 23 at Spotless Stadium, with the match to kick off at 7pm (AEDT).

Five days later, Tony Popovic’s side is at home against at Spotless, with Tim Cahill and Melbourne City FC coming to two on Friday night with kick off at 7.50pm (AEDT).

Rnd Date Home Away Venue Kick off (local) Kick off


23 Sunday 19 March 2017 Western Sydney Wanderers FC Wellington Phoenix Spotless Stadium 7pm 7pm
24 Friday 24 March 2017 WesternSydney Wanderers FC Melbourne City FC Spotless Stadium 7.50pm 7.50pm

For the complete Hyundai A-League 2016/17 Season Draw visit


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