The Newcastle Jets are set to spend their week off from the W-League at the Gold Coast as they face China in two friendlies.
It will be the second W-League side China PR have faced with Canberra United playing them last week.
The team is in Australia for preparation for the upcoming 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup.
The two games will be played at cbus Stadium on December 20 and 23.
Jets coach Craig Deans will take close to a full squad to Queensland, which means the likes Australia internationals Emily van Egmond, Gema Simon, and Larissa Crummer will have the chance to face some international opposition ahead of the World Cup next year.
Deans said it is a fantastic opportunity for the side.
“It’ll be valuable for us, because we’ve got four or five young girls who haven’t had much game time this year,” he said.
“It’ll be good to get some games into them, and see how they go against difficult opposition.
“Playing against a national team will be a big challenge, but it’s a fantastic opportunity for the Club and for our girls to see what that next level looks like.”
China are currently ranked 15th in the world and were drawn in Group B alongside Germany, Spain, and South Africa.
Their most recent competitive international matches were in early December, in the second round of the EAFF E-1 Football Championship, where they won all three matches, qualifying for the final round of the tournament.
Newcastle Jets CEO, Lawrie McKinna believed it was an indication of how the Club was regarded in the football community.
“It’s a really positive thing for the Club, and again illustrates our standing in the football community,” he said.
“We’re fortunate to have connections in China which got these matches over the line, thanks to Martin Lee’s ownership of the Club.”