Chelsea Football Club will return to Australia in 2018 when we play at the brand new Perth Stadium.
The Blues will meet A-League team Perth Glory ahead of the 2018/19 season, with plans for a public training session at the stadium ahead of the match.
We last travelled Down Under in 2015 when we played Sydney FC at the ANZ Stadium, where we set a record attendance for a football match with our 1-0 win over Sydney FC just days after lifting the Premier League trophy.
Following that game on the east coast, we will now visit Western Australia’s Perth Stadium, a state-of-the-art 65,000-seater scheduled to open early next year.
Announcing the match, Chelsea Chairman Bruce Buck said: ‘This is a very exciting opportunity for Chelsea to play in front of some of our most passionate supporters.
‘We were delighted with the reception we received in Sydney when we visited in 2015, and now we can look forward to the same in Western Australia.
‘We anticipate an excellent match against Perth Glory in what promises to be a fantastic new venue for the city.’
Hon. Colin Barnett MLA, Premier of Western Australia, added: ‘I’m delighted a club as successful as Chelsea will be the first international football team to play at the new, state-of-the-art Perth Stadium.
‘With such a strong and appealing brand and millions of followers around the globe, Chelsea Football Club will help shine a light on our city. I look forward to welcoming players, officials and fans to Perth and I trust everyone will enjoy the many unique experiences on offer in Western Australia.’
Final details of the match will be announced in due course, so watch out for more updates, and exciting Australia-themed videos, in the coming weeks.