Football Federation Australia (FFA) have announced that Group B of the 2020 AFC Women’s Olympic Qualification Tournament will be held in Sydney, Australia.
The Matildas will now play games against Chinese Taipei, Thailand and China PR on home soil, with the tournament set to begin next week.
The Asian Football Confederation decided to change the location of the tournament, following the outbreak of the coronavirus in the original host city of Wuhan.
FFA Chairman Chris Nikou is looking forward to hosting the tournament in Australia, despite the circumstances of the decision.
“FFA is happy and willing to organise this Olympic Qualification Tournament, and we look forward to hosting the women’s senior national teams from China PR, Thailand and Chinese Taipei in February.
“The safety of all players, officials and fans is of paramount importance to Football Federation Australia and the Asian Football Confederation, and we are confident we will host a successful tournament here in Sydney.
“I would also like to acknowledge the support of the Australian Government in enabling FFA to host this event at short notice.”
The tournament will be watched closely by FIFA, who is set to make a decision on the host of the 2023 Women’s World Cup in the coming months.
Australia is bidding to co-host the 2023 tournament with New Zealand, with Japan, Brazil and Colombia also still in the running.
Further details on the scheduling of the matches for the qualification tournament will be announced this week.