The Matildas play-off game against Sweden will be broadcast live at Manly Oval.

A few thousand people turned out to Cromer Park tonight (Wednesday, 16 August) to watch the live broadcast of Australia play England in the FIFA Women’s World Cup semi-final. England won the match 3-1, with the crowd roaring to life when striker Sam Kerr scored Australia’s only goal in the second half.

Cromer Park live site

The victory by England means Australia will now play Sweden in the match for 3rd place at 6.00pm Saturday, 19 August. Had Australia won the match, Cromer Park would have again hosted a live site, but the relegation for 3rd place play-off sees the game move to Manly Oval (image below).

Manly Oval

The decision to show live matches became embroiled in controversy after Northern Beaches Council had initially decided not to have a live site, claiming cost and licensing difficulties.

When Manly MP James Griffin obtained a live broadcast license however, Council backflipped, but decided to hold the game at Cromer Park, citing it was the home of football on the Northern Beaches. The decision was seen as a snub to the Manly MP, which Council appears to be acknowledging with the decision to host the Matildas next game at Manly Oval.

Council have announced gates will open at 5.00pm on Saturday (19 August) and it is expected the same conditions of entry will apply.

  • Gates open at 5.00pm and the match starts at 6.00pm
  • Free entry, non-ticketed event, with no reserved seating
  • BYO picnic rugs and low lying chairs (no camping chairs)
  • Pack a picnic or grab food from one of the many venues nearby
  • No glass allowed
  • Flat shoes only permitted
  • Pets not permitted (assistance animals excepted)
  • All ages welcome, but minors must be accompanied by a parent or adult guardian
  • Plan to take your rubbish with you

Images: Northern Beaches Advocate

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