Following the huge success of the recent replay of the Socceroos’ FIFA World Cup victory over Uruguay in 2005, Football Federation Australia (FFA) today announced an Easter treat for football fans.
Saturday Night Football comes to the FFA social channels tomorrow (11 April), with a blockbuster evening of football action. It will feature an Archie Thompson and Simon Hill special reliving the Socceroos’ world record win over American Samoa; a full replay of the Westfield Matildas’ pulsating Algarve Cup clash with the Netherlands from 2017; followed by the classic 2016 FFA Cup Final between Melbourne City and Sydney FC.
FFA Chief Executive James Johnson said he hoped the evening of action will keep fans happy and connected over the Easter holiday, “We know just how tough this Easter will be for all Australians as we continue to abide by government guidelines and practice social distancing. For our football fans, it will mean sitting at home yearning for some football action in what is usually a weekend packed with football from all parts of the globe.
“We’ve decided to bring you a whole evening to celebrate some great moments in Australian football, and I encourage the whole football family to settle in tomorrow night with a cup of tea and a hot cross bun and get involved.
To watch each live video on Saturday, click on the relevant link below:
- 5pm AEST - Socceroos Facebook: Thompson & Hill relive Socceroos’ world record win v American Samoa
- 6pm AEST - Westfield Matildas Facebook: Full match replay v Netherlands in 2017 at Algarve Cup
- 7 :30pm AEST - FFA Cup Facebook: FFA Cup Final 2016 full match replay - Melbourne City FC v Sydney FC
“You showed just how engaged and connected you are when you tuned in in your hundreds of thousands to watch, and comment on, the replay of the classic Socceroos v Uruguay match. This reached more than 9 million on our Facebook channel, and the #AUSvURU hashtag trended on Twitter with a total of 3.1 million impressions.
“You, the Australian football community, came together to share in a special football moment, and we want to thank you for your continued support of our game.
“We wish you all a Happy and a safe Easter.”
It’s also been revealed that the replay of the Socceroos-Uruguay match saw the Socceroos jump to the top of Nielsen’s Social Content Ratings Ladder. Measuring social engagement across more than 150 teams, the Socceroos were the number one ranked team with the most social interactions on the day of broadcast, Tuesday 31 March.
Football fans can still relive that classic match, which is available in its entirety here or in the video player below.
For those fans who also want to be part of the action and stay active, don’t forget FFA recently launched an online Skills Hub, developed in association with each of Australia’s nine Member Federations. To access the Skills Hub and get involved with the #PlayAtHomeChallenge, please visit www.playfootball.com.au/skills-hub.
You can also Listen to the first FFA Podcast with Graham Arnold, former Socceroo Mark Bosnich, Westfield Matildas great Julie Murray, and current Westfield Matilda Chloe Logarzo in the player below!