Western United will play its first home match since the FIFA World Cup break when Western Sydney Wanderers visit AAMI Park on Sunday.
With a lovely afternoon forecast and a family friendly kick-off time, it’s set to be a fantastic day of football and family activities.
Western United vs Western Sydney Wanderers
Sunday, 18 December
Gates open: 2:00pm
Gosch’s Paddock Fan Village: 1:30pm
AAMI Park, Melbourne.
Broadcast: The match will be broadcast live on Paramount+ and on 10Bold
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First home game for 42 days
Western United will finally play in front of its home fans for the first time in over a month as John Aloisi’s side returns to AAMI Park.
With United searching for a first win at home this season, the team will be eager to put on a show for the supporters and secure a vital three points.
The first of a string of home games in quick succession to round of 2022 and welcome in 2023, this clash will create fireworks on the pitch as United takes on the in-form Wanderers.
Diamanti, Garuccio and Imai return
Aloisi will welcome back three key players for this fixture with Alessandro Diamanti, Ben Garuccio and Tomoki Imai returning from illness.
Imai has not played since Round 1 while Garuccio had played every minute of the season until last week, and Diamanti will be hoping to continue to increase his workload on the pitch.
Aleksandar Prijovic played 90 minutes last week and keep building on his sharpness, while Tongo Doumbia could be in line for more involvement after making his return from a hamstring injury.
Gosch’s Paddock Fan Village
The Western United Fan Village on Gosch’s Paddock returns for this beautiful Sunday afternoon with a host of fun activities for the whole family.
Fans can put their skills to the test with WUFC inflatable football and get themselves ready for the match with the latest Western United merchandise and some Green and Black face paint.
There will also be a special visit from the rescue dogs at Greyhound Racing Victoria and from Club partners Victoria University and Victorian Responsible Gambling Foundation.
$20 General Admission tickets behind the goal
Western United prides itself on providing the most affordable matchday experience in the A-Leagues and will give everyone an opportunity to come and watch the A-League Men Champions.
General Admission tickets are available behind the goal for just $20 for adults, bringing the entire Green and Black family together in the bays behind the goal.
United continues to foster an inclusive and passionate fan experience and encourages all fans to come together with the most affordable tickets behind the goals to bring the noise and spur on the players on the pitch.
The Western Service Crew will be back in full voice to show their support for the team, taking up a spot back behind the goals at AAMI Park.
Get yourself behind the goal, bring all your mates and sing your hearts out all night to push the players on the pitch for the whole 90 minutes.
The Actives will have drums, flags and the megaphone in action from the stands. Join the Crew and let your voice be heard on match day.
Tickets to the match on Sunday can be pre-purchased here.
There will be ticket sales on matchday at the ticket office, but fans are encouraged to pre-book tickets in order to avoid queuing at the ground.
All ticketholders are encouraged to arrive at the match early for ease of admission through security checks. Patrons can only enter through the gate stated on their ticket.
All members are advised that membership cards do not give access to the venue. All members must redeem their tickets prior to the match in order to be admitted into the venue.
Memberships are the best way to support the Club and come together as a Western United family. Become a member and join the Champions today.
Members unsure how to redeem their tickets can watch the tutorial video here.
The match will be broadcast live and exclusive on Paramount+, the home of Australian football.
Members who renew or purchase into a full-season or seven-game* membership in the 2021/22 season will have a 12-month subscription to Paramount + included as a member benefit.
This represents an additional $89.99 in value provided at no extra cost.
*Paramount+ subscription only available for Adult and Family seven-game memberships.
The Western United merchandise tent will be set up at the Gosch’s Paddock Fan Village from 1:30pm.
After that, all the latest Western United gear will be available at the merchandise outlet located inside Gate 2.
The brand-new 2022/23 Kappa home and alternate kits will be on sale, as well as limited stock of both goalkeeper kits, including the fan favourite mint-coloured strip.
Members are encouraged to bring their merchandise vouchers and to stock up on Green and Black supporter wear to paint the stands in United colours to spur the team on.
There will be access to parking near AAMI Park and surrounding areas in Richmond and Southbank, but spots will be limited.
Fans can pre-book a spot in the Eastern Plaza (Entrance D) carpark across from AAMI Park at a discounted price.
Click here for more parking options near the venue.
AAMI Park is easily accessible by public transport with the neighbouring Richmond Station, and Flinders Street Station also just a short walk away.
Public transport services are available for fans travelling from both metro and regional Victoria.
Plan your journey from Metro Melbourne here.
If you’re coming from Regional Victoria, plan your journey here.
Any item or bag that is too large to fit under a seat must not be brought into the stadium and a limit of one bag per person applies.
Pass-outs are not available at AAMI Park. Patrons will not be permitted re-entry to the venue if they leave before the end of the match.