Australia’s Women’s National Soccer Team, known as the “Westfield Matildas,” flew into Vancouver on Saturday morning to kick off their final preparations for the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup in Canada.
“I feel really good and am really excited to be here,” said Westfield Matildas coach Alen Stajcic at Vancouver International Airport’s arrivals.
“All of the anticipation of the preparation comes to fruition when you finally get here, so we’ll have a day or so to recover now and we just can’t wait to get on the training track and get stuck into the final preparations before we play the Americans.”
— Westfield Matildas (@TheMatildas) May 23, 2015
The team is in Vancouver training and acclimating to Canada ahead of their first match in the tournament on June 9. The Matildas are inviting Vancouverites to attend the team’s open practices held at Trillium Park at the False Creek Flats.
The open training sessions are scheduled on the mornings of May 26 and June 1. Those who wish to meet the athletes and coach should attend the practice on May 26.
However, none of the Matildas’ opening matches are scheduled to be played at Vancouver. Team Australia is in Group D and will compete in Winnipeg (June 8 vs. U.S.A.; June 12 vs. Nigeria) and Edmonton (June 16 vs. Sweden) for its first three matches.
Vancouver will host nine of the tournament’s matches beginning on June 8. This includes a quarter final match on June 27 and the championship final match on July 5.