The Commonwealth Bank Matildas have learned their opponents for the AFC Women's Asian Cup India 2022™ following the official draw on Thursday, 28 October.
Australia were drawn in Group B for the expanded 12-nation tournament, to be held in India from January 20 to February 6, 2022.
Tony Gustavsson's side will face Thailand, Phillipines and Indonesia in Group B, with the top two teams qualifying directly for the Quarter Finals, and two of the best third-placed teams also reaching the last eight.
Kicking things off for the CommBank Matildas in the group stage is a clash with Indonesia, with that match now just 85 days away.
Rounding out the group stage is Australia v Thailand, who faced off in the last edition of the tournament in 2018, beating the 1983 Champions of the tournament 3-1 on penalties after the game finished 2-2 in the Semi Finals.
That Matildas side was coached by Alen Stajcic at the time, who is now the head coach of the Philippines Women's National Team, and who Australia will face in the second game of the group stage.
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With the Final Draw completed, head coach Tony Gustavsson is ready to dive into full preparations for the 20th edition.
“Finally, we know exactly what's ahead of us,” Gustavsson said.
“It's all about doing the scouting work from a technical side, but also from an operational standpoint, looking at training, venues, hotels, pitches, all of those things to start preparing for every single detail going into that tournament.”
“Always when you are going to a tournament the opening game is a key game that you need to focus 100% on getting a good start in that tournament,” Gustavsson said.
“Right now the focus is going to be on that opening game against Indonesia and then we'll take it from there.”
Matches for the AFC Women’s Asian Cup India 2022™ will be held in Mumbai, Navi Mumbai and Pune.
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AFC Women’s Asian Cup India 2022™ | Group B
Australia Fixtures | AFC Women’s Asian Cup India 2022™
Australia v Indonesia
Date: Friday, 21 January 2022
Kick Off: TBC
Philippines v Australia
Date: Monday, 24 January 2022
Kick Off: TBC
Australia v Thailand
Date: Thursday, 27 January 2022
Kick Off: TBC
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