Sydney: Australia will play their first matches on home soil since the FIFA Women’s World Cup France 2019 when they face Chile in a two-match series in November.
Head coach Ante Milicic welcomed confirmation that his team will take on the rising South American nation as Australia begins to set their sights on qualification for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games.
“It is fantastic that we have been able to secure these international friendlies. Chile performed admirably in a difficult group at this year’s FIFA Women’s World Cup in France and will provide a strong challenge for us as we seek to develop as a unit leading up to our Tokyo 2020 Olympic Qualifiers which commence in February next year," said Milicic.
Decisive battles ahead as Tokyo 2020 reaches one-year countdown
Kuala Lumpur: With the countdown clock reaching the one-year milestone, elite athletes around the world are gearing up for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics, but the footballers of Asia will face pivotal tests long before the Games begin.
Four Asian teams, including host Japan, will compete in the men’s football tournament, while Asako Takakura’s Asian champions will be one of three to take part in the women’s competition, making the battle to represent the Continent one with little margin for error.
Both competitions have already seen dramatic qualifying action in Asia. The Road to Tokyo’s women’s football tournament began in Asia on November 4, 2018, while the first men’s qualifiers got underway on March 22, 2019, with final tournaments to be staged in early 2020 to determine the Continent's representatives.
Seoul: Korea Republic’s preparations for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Qualifiers will include one of the biggest tests in the women’s game; back-to-back confrontations with reigning FIFA Women’s World Cup champions the United States.
The East Asians will face the world’s number one side in Charlotte and Chicago in October as part of the Americans’ five-match Victory Tour, celebrating the world title they won in Lyon last month.
The tour has been scheduled as part of Korea Republic’s run-in to December’s EAFF E-1 Championship in Busan, as well as their bid to reach Tokyo 2020, which begins early next year.
Qualifiers R2 - Group C: Chinese Taipei cruise into third round
Doha: Chinese Taipei cruised past Islamic Republic of Iran to seal their ticket to Round 3 of the AFC Women's Olympic Football Tournament Qualifiers, while the Philippines ended their campaign on a high with seven goals against Palestine.
CHINESE TAIPEI 4-1 IR IRAN
A powerful first-half display ensured any pre-match nerves for Chinese Taipei quickly disappeared, as Kauzo Echigo's side reached the last eight with an emphatic victory at Grand Hamad Stadium.
Three teams were still in contention going into Matchday Three, but a draw or better was all Chinese Taipei needed, and they made life easy for themselves with a fast start, which removed any danger of final day disappointment.
Qualifiers R2 - Group B: Vietnam advance, Uzbekistan bow out in style
Tashkent: Uzbekistan produced a five-star performance against Hong Kong, but it was all to no avail as Vietnam grabbed the result they needed against Jordan to advance to the third round of the AFC Women's Olympic Football Tournament Qualifiers on Tuesday.
VIETNAM 2-0 JORDAN
Vietnam clicked into gear in the second half to seal their place in Round 3, eventually seeing off a stubborn Jordan to claim top spot in Group B with a 2-0 win at Transportation Institute Stadium.
The Southeast Asians needed only a point to confirm their status as group winners, but they left the pitch with all three after Nguyen Thi Van and Hunyh Nhu scored within two minutes of each other to finally edge out Azzedine Chih's side in the second half.
Qualifiers R2 - Group A: Win Theingi Tun stars as Myanmar progress
Mandalay: A stunning hat-trick from Win Theingi Tun proved crucial as Myanmar advanced to the third round of the AFC Women's Olympic Football Tournament Qualifiers on goal difference with a 3-3 draw against India, while Nepal signed off their campaign with a win over Indonesia on Tuesday.
MYANMAR 3-3 INDIA
Myanmar and India shared six goals in a thrilling 3-3 draw, but only one side was celebrating as the group hosts reached the final eight on goal difference.
Win Theingi Tun played a crucial role in Myanmar's progression, netting all three of their goals in a gripping, see-sawing encounter in which the lead changed hands three times.