Australia is set to meet fellow Rio 2016 qualifiers and Trans-Tasman rivals New Zealand on 7 June 2016 at Etihad Stadium.

Played before the Socceroos friendly against Greece, the match will be Alen Stajcic's sides send off before they head to Brazil for a month long pre-Olympic camp.

It will be the first time the Matildas have played in Melbourne since June 2006, where Australia defeated Mexico 4-0 thanks to a Caitlin Munoz hattrick.

Scheduled during the FIFA international window, the clash should also see the Matildas overseas based players return to join the Australian based players for a week long camp from 30 May - 8 June.

“It’s a rare opportunity to see the Socceroos and Matildas in action on the same stage,” said David Gallop. “We’re absolutely delighted that our partners in the Victorian Government and Etihad Stadium have collaborated to make this happen.

“There has already been high demand for tickets to the Socceroos’ match against Greece and now the Matildas farewell to Rio will add a great sense of occasion. It will be a fantastic celebration of the game.”

The Victorian Minister for Sport, Tourism and Major Events, John Eren MP, said the double header was another way for Melbourne to demonstrate its status as Australia’s sporting capital.

“We already had a major event in the Socceroos v Greece match and the inclusion of the Matildas adds a great deal of prestige to the occasion,” said Eren.

“The Victorian Government is proud to host an event that has such international importance but at the same time showcases football’s diversity and inclusiveness.”

With their first meeting back in 1979, Australia and New Zealand have a long history.  Despite the Kiwi's early dominance of the contest, the Matildas have a 26 year undefeated streak, with their last meeting 0 12 February 2015 ending in a 3-2 win to Australia on the Kiwi's home soil.

“We’re delighted that we have been able to lock in a match against New Zealand in the FIFA dates,” said Alen Stajcic.

“It will be one of the only chances we have to get most of the overseas players back here and together before the Rio Games so it will be a really important game for us.

“I’m sure the players will be really looking forward to playing at Etihad Stadium before the Socceroos and in front of our home fans, something we haven’t done since before the FIFA Women’s World Cup last year.”

The Matildas commence their Olympic campaign on 3 August 2016 against London 2012 bronze medallists Canada, world no. 2 Germany (6 August) and Olympic debutantes Zimbabwe (9 August).  New Zealand has been drawn alongside 3x defending gold medalists USA, world no. 3 France and Colombia.

Australia’s farewell match will be broadcast Live on Fox Sports and ABC TV

Australia v New Zealand                       

Etihad Stadium, Melbourne

Tuesday 7 June 2016

Kick-Off 5pm