On Monday night, FFA confirmed that the Matildas will play the Netherlands. 

The 2017 European Champions will take on the 2010 AFC Asian Cup Champions at Philips Stadium in Eindhoven on Saturday, June 1 after completing their preparations in Antalya, Turkey.

Australia and the Netherlands have played six international matches in the past, with the first meeting coming in August 1997 and the last fixture being played at the Algarve Cup in March 2017.

Their two previous encounters have seen the Matildas taking a 3-2 (Algarve Cup) and 1-0 (Cyprus Cup) win respectively.  

Coach Ante Milicic believes the game against the Oranjevrouwen will provide another great test for his team.

“We believe that this match against the Netherlands will come at a perfect time for our team,” he said.

“We will have completed our ten-day training camp in Turkey where the focus will be on embedding our style of play and tactical principles.

“With this match against a strong opponent coming a week before our first game in France, we will be able to get a good gauge of what aspects of our approach need to be fine-tuned prior to the start of the Women’s World Cup.” 

The match against the world eighth-ranked side will be played a week ahead of their first game of the Women’s World Cup against Italy in Valenciennes on June 9.


Netherlands vs. Matildas 
Date: Saturday, 1 June 2019
Venue: Philips Stadium, Eindhoven, Netherlands
Kick-off: 6.15pm (local) – 2.15am (Sunday, 2 June 2019)
Broadcast: Live in Australia on FOX SPORTS