Football: Matildas to face Football Ferns in Melbourne in send-off match before Rio Olympics

Football Ferns' Ria Percival in action against Brazil. Photo / Getty Images
Football Ferns' Ria Percival in action against Brazil. Photo / Getty Images

The Matildas will be granted a Rio 2016 send-off game at Etihad Stadium on June 7 with a friendly against the Football Ferns.

The clash against the fellow Olympic qualifier will be played as a curtain-raiser to the Socceroos' friendly against Greece.

Qualifying for their first Olympics since 2004, the Matildas are a strong medal chance after their barnstorming Asian qualifying campaign in February where they were undefeated.

Alen Stajcic's team opens its Olympic account against Canada on August 3 before facing Germany (August 6) and Zimbabwe (August 9).

New Zealand has been drawn with USA, France and Colombia in the 12-team tournament.

The Matildas-New Zealand clash will be officially announced this morning (Tuesday) at Etihad Stadium and it will be their final clash on home soil before they depart for Brazil for an intensive pre-Olympic camp.

- news.com.au

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