Fans unite as the festival of football heads to Australia.
Various venues across Australia
In 2015 the biggest football tournament Australia has ever hosted will kick off on the 9th January when the Australian Socceroos play Kuwait under the lights at Melbourne Rectangular Stadium. 16 countries including Japan, Iraq, China and Korea Republic will compete against each other in 32 matches over 23 days in Australia’s host cities, Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Canberra and Newcastle. With more than 500,000 spectators expected to attend the event, this is your chance to unite for your team and show your colours at what will truly be a spectacular tournament with exciting action both on and off the football pitch.
Taking place every four years, this will be the first time Australia has hosted the AFC Asian Cup which started in 1956. This prestigious tournament has since grown into the continent’s biggest football event and is the premier senior men’s football competition of the Asian Football Confederation (AFC).
Australia will come alive for the ‘festival of football’ this January, as spectators on the ground and more than 800 million watching around the world, unite for AFC Asian Cup Australia 2015.
Venue: Melbourne Rectangular Stadium
The dynamic city of Melbourne will be hosting seven matches including the opening match between Australia and Kuwait and one of the quarter finals. The opening ceremony will precede the opening match.
Find out more about Melbourne
Download the sports fan’s guide to Melbourne
Canberra, Australian Capital Territory
Venue: Canberra Stadium
The capital city of Australia, Canberra, is a modern city that will be will hosting seven matches at Canberra Stadium including a quarter final and two group matches that feature the mighty Korea Republic, World Cup finalists and twice Asian Cup champions.
Find out more about Canberra
Download the sports fan’s guide to Canberra
Venue: Stadium Australia
The largest capacity venue of the tournament holding about 80,000 fans, Stadium Australia will host seven matches including the final game on 31 January, a semi-final and a quarter-final.
Learn more about Sydney
Download the sports fan’s guide to Sydney
Venue: Brisbane Stadium
Brisbane Stadium has hosted a number of football games over the years including FIFA World Cup and AFC Asian Cup qualifiers. During the AFC Asian Cup Australia 2015 Brisbane will host seven matches including a quarter final and the much anticipated showdown between World Cup finalists Australia and Korea Republic.
Learn more about Brisbane
Download the sports fan’s guide to Brisbane
Newcastle, New South Wales
Venue: Newcastle Stadium
Resting on a peninsular bordered by a working harbour and stunning beaches, Newcastle will be hosting four matches of the tournament, including two at the business end, a semi-final and the play-off for third place.
For more information on Newcastle download the sports fan’s guide here
Japan, winners of the AFC Asian Cup 2011
Check out the match schedule to find out when and where your favourite team will be playing.
Get clued up on the trivia and stats for AFC Asian Cup
- Defending champions Japan hold the record for the most victories in the tournament’s history with title triumphs in 1992, 2000, 2004 and 2011.
- The 2007 edition of the AFC Asian Cup saw Australia go head-to-head for the first time with the footballing powers of Asia. The Socceroos ended with a creditable quarter finial finish in their first year and were runners up at their second attempt in 2011.
- More than 80 million people in Asia played football in 2006. By 2020, this number is predicted to have increased to more than 380 million.
Korea Republic, AFC Asian Cup 2011
Don’t miss out on the opportunity to support your team up close and personal. Individual group match tickets start from (AUD)$15 for an adult and (AUD)$5 for children.
For more information visit http://www.afcasiancup.com/.