Football Federation Australia (FFA) on Wednesday announced an International Series that will take place between the Matildas and Brazil in September.
The sides will face off on September 16 in Penrith and September 19 in Newcastle, which will be soon after they face Brazil in the 2017 Tournament of Nations in the USA over a week in July/August.
“To have a national team of the calibre of Brazil agree to these two matches is a fantastic coup and we thank the Confederação Brasileira de Futebol (CBF) for agreeing to play these matches,” FFA's Head of Women's Football, Emma Highwood, told media on Wednesday.
“Female football is the fastest growing area of our game and we recently announced our intention to bid for the FIFA Women’s World Cup in 2023. So this is a great opportunity for Australians to show their support for the Westfield Matildas in their own backyard and see top flight women’s football live.
“I would like to take this opportunity to also thank the NSW Government, Penrith City Council and Newcastle City Council for their valuable support for making these matches possible."
Matildas Head Coach Alen Stajcic is looking forward to the two-match series, and said his side would use it as preparation for the AFC Women's Asian Cup in April next year.
“A great rivalry and a healthy respect has developed over the past few years between our two teams. We knocked them out of the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup, but they defeated us at the Olympics," Stajcic said.
“It will be a tough challenge for us against some of the best players in the world. Brazil has definitely been one of the bench mark nations in world football and we are looking forward to meeting them on home soil again.
“As these matches fall within the FIFA match windows we will be at full strength and I’m sure all the players will be up for the challenge."