The Socceroos will host South Korea in a multi-million-dollar showdown in Brisbane as part of a deal announced by Tourism Industry Development Minister Kate Jones today.
Ms Jones said the friendly game at Suncorp Stadium on November 17 would attract fans from around the country and inject $5.8 million into the Queensland economy.
“Securing an international soccer match of this calibre in Brisbane is a coup for Queensland,” Ms Jones said.
“We know sporting events like this deliver strong tourism outcomes by driving visitation.
“It will also give Socceroos fans the chance to enjoy a piece of live world-class soccer action in their own backyard.
“These two nations have an extremely competitive history highlighted by the gripping final of the 2015 AFC Asian Cup in Sydney.
“On the back of the FIFA World Cup in 2018,now is the perfect time to capitalise on the huge interest in international soccer by bringing these two teams and their loyal following back to Brisbane.”
The event was secured through a partnership between Tourism and Events Queensland, Brisbane Marketing and Football Federation Australia (FFA).
“The Palaszczuk Government is committed to investing in major events to create more tourism jobs in Queensland,” Ms Jones said.
“Over the last three years, we’ve more than doubled the value of our major events calendar – this year tipped to generate around $780 million for Queensland.”
Brisbane Lord Mayor Graham Quirk said the city looks forward to hosting a blockbuster friendly between the two of the best-ranked nations in the Asian Football Confederation.
“We love our sport in Brisbane, and we are proud to have the chance to welcome home the Socceroos for their first match on home soil after this year’s World Cup,” Cr Quirk said.
“Brisbane’s commitment to attracting major events has a significant impact on our economy, injecting more than $150 million into the city’s economy each year.
“The match against South Korea will also provide a welcome boost to the city’s hotels, with the event set to drive visitation to Brisbane and forecast to add more than 20,000 hotel room nights.”
FFA CEO David Gallop was proud to announce that the Caltex Socceroos would return to Brisbane later this year.
"It is fantastic that the first match that the Caltex Socceroos play on home soil after the FIFA World Cup 2018 and under new Head Coach Graham Arnold is against Korea Republic in Brisbane at Suncorp Stadium," Gallop said.
“With the next AFC Asian Cup in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) only five months away, matches like this are a crucial component of tournament preparation and all players will be looking to impress Graham.
“I would like to thank the Queensland Government, Brisbane Marketing and Suncorp Stadium for their support for hosting this match in Brisbane.”
Caltex Socceroos Head Coach Graham Arnold said he was delighted local fans will get to see the Caltex Socceroos in action as they prepare for the AFC Asian Cup 2019.
“To have the opportunity to play a team of the calibre of Korea Republic at home six weeks before the start of the AFC Asian Cup is perfect for our preparations,” Arnold said.
“Australia has a long football history with Korea Republic, so hopefully we’ll see the sold-out sign go up at Suncorp Stadium for this match.”
Minister for Innovation and Tourism Industry Development and Minister for the Commonwealth Games
The Honourable Kate Jones