- Launch of the Unity Pitch in Perth ahead of FIFA Women's World Cup Australia & New Zealand 2023
- The colourful pitch at Scarborough Beach will showcase football demonstrations and cultural and wellbeing activities from 2-9 March
- Nine international teams will play five matches in Perth during the World Cup
The FIFA Women's World Cup 2023 Unity Pitch has reached Perth as part of a roadshow of the tournament's nine host cities across Australia and New Zealand.
The colourful Unity Pitch has been set up in the Scarborough Amphitheatre from 2-9 March to promote community involvement and celebrate the 32 participating nations in the Cup.
There will be a host of activities including small-sided games, junior club football training sessions, fitness classes and giveaways.
Fans can watch players from the National Training Centre and Perth Glory team members - including Perth Glory A-League Captain Tash Rigby - complete their training sessions on the Unity Pitch.
The Unity Pitch launch comes after the final two countries to play in Perth have been decided.
Panama will play Jamaica on 29 July, while Haiti will play Denmark on 1 August.
The other matches in Perth are:
- Denmark v People's Republic of China on 22 July;
- Republic of Ireland v Canada on 26 July; and
- Morocco v Colombia on 3 August.
The five tournament matches involving nine international teams will be played at Perth Rectangular Stadium, with the McGowan Government investing $35 million to deliver upgrades to the venue.
The McGowan Government is proud to be bringing five World Cup matches to Perth as part of the FIFA Women's World Cup 2023.
The month-long tournament will kick off across Australia and New Zealand on 20 July 2023.
Forrest Place in Perth will be the venue for the FIFA Fan Festival during the tournament from 20 July to 20 August, providing a hub for fans to enjoy live matches, music and performances.
Comments attributed to Tourism Minister Roger Cook:
"Perth and WA are in for a huge treat when the FIFA Women's World Cup 2023 comes to our State in July and August.
"It is yet another global event that is going to show the rest of the world our spectacular State.
"It's the biggest sporting event to be hosted on Australian soil since the Sydney 2000 Olympics.
"The colourful Unity Pitch is a great way of stirring the excitement and enthusiasm of what's coming in July.
"What better place to do that than sunny Scarborough?
"I encourage West Aussies to get down to the Unity Pitch throughout the week - particularly over the long weekend - and have a kick about with friends, watch the football demonstrations or see their favourite Perth Glory players in action."
Comments attributed to Sport and Recreation Minister David Templeman:
"Hosting the FIFA Women's World Cup 2023 is a unique opportunity to realise a truly meaningful and lasting legacy for women's football, the community and the State - and indeed, across the whole of Australia - by highlighting pathways into the sport, boosting participation, and encouraging young women to play at an elite level.
"This pinnacle event for women's football will present visitors, local players and fans with a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to be part of a global sporting spectacular, and this week's Unity Pitch at Scarborough Beach will offer a taste of the excitement to come.
"There has been almost half a billion dollars in combined investment in sporting facilities ahead of the tournament - to be used not only over the life of this tournament, but well into the years and decades ahead."
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