Leon Bignell MP
Minister for Tourism
Caltex Socceroos Head Coach Ange Postecoglou has named the 23-man squad for the upcoming 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifier against Saudi Arabia, hosted at Adelaide Oval.
Postecoglou’s final 23-man squad includes local players:
- Brothers Dylan and Ryan McGowan (formerly Para Hills SC)
- James Troisi (formerly West Torrens Birkalla SC and Adelaide City SC)
Saudi Arabia are placed second in Group B, with equal points to group leader Japan, and three points ahead of Australia. A win for the Socceroos would put Australia in a great position for an automatic berth at the 2018 World Cup tournament in Russia. The teams that place first and second at the end of the group qualifiers are automatically accepted into the World Cup.
The Socceroos will assemble in Adelaide from June 2 for an intense training camp, ahead of the critical June 8 clash.
A fan day will be held on Sunday 4 June with activities and giveaways for children from 3pm in Telstra Plaza (southern gate, Adelaide Oval), team training at 4pm and the opportunity to meet the players and have merchandise signed after training.
The State Government has invested $70 million in additional tourism funding to market South Australia nationally and internationally and attract major events and conferences.
General public tickets are still available via www.premier.ticketek.com.au
Quotes attributable to Tourism Minister Leon Bignell
The World Cup is the biggest single-event sporting competition in the world. The qualifier at Adelaide Oval is expected to attract the attention of millions of people across the globe, providing a unique opportunity to market South Australia.
This is the second World Cup qualifier Adelaide Oval has hosted in the 2018 World Cup campaign. A crowd of 35,439 excited fans attended the round 2 match between the Socceroos and Tajikistan in March last year.
South Australia is known for hosting world class events every year, including the Santos Tour Down Under, the Women’s Australian Open golf championships and the Adelaide 500 motorsport event.
Our tourism sector is worth a record $6.3 billion to the State’s economy and major events are part of our appeal to attract more visitors.