Western United is set to return to Tasmania for a third successive year and will bring competitive professional men’s and women’s football to Hobart for the first time.
A double header is locked in for Saturday January 21 at North Hobart Oval, with the Liberty A-League Women team taking on Brisbane Roar before an Isuzu UTE A-League Men clash between United and Sydney FC.
That will be followed by a Friday night men’s meeting with Wellington Phoenix, with John Aloisi’s side set to face the New Zealand outfit at UTAS Stadium on February 17, kicking off at 7:45pm.
The Club has worked closely with Football Tasmania and the State Government of Tasmania, securing a two-year agreement that will bring A-Leagues football to even more people with matches played in the north and south of the state for both the 2022/23 and 2023/24 A-League seasons.
Western United CEO Chris Pehlivanis said it was important for the Club to continue to grow its connection with Tasmania and its loyal fans.
“After fantastic experiences in Tasmania over the last two years, it was crucial for us to bring even more elite football to the football community in Tasmania,” he said.
“We are very excited to bring professional men’s and women’s football to new fans in Hobart, but we also wanted to make sure we continue to thank our supporters in Launceston and provide them with more opportunity to feel part of the Green and Black.
“A big thank you to Football Tasmania and the Tasmanian Government for all of their support. We can’t wait to be back next year and look forward to seeing all of our fans across the two venues.”
Football Tasmania CEO Matt Bulkeley said it was exciting to have Western United playing in both Hobart and Launceston.
“Western United’s presence in Tasmania has provided a great boost for football in the state, giving fans a taste of top-flight competition,” he said.
“It’s fantastic to not only have them return to Tasmania, but to be also coming to North Hobart Oval for a men’s and women’s double-header in January which promises to be huge day for Tasmanian football.”
The Green and Black is currently unbeaten in four matches at UTAS Stadium with three wins and a draw since the 2020/21 campaign, including two straight wins last season.
Both the men’s and women’s sides will be eager to continue the strong record across the Bass Strait, with matches coming towards the business end of the regular season in both competitions.