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Wales women debut a cardiff City Stadium
« on: July 31, 2013, 11:26:32 AM »

The Wales women’s team will break new ground with their first-ever international at Cardiff City Stadium on Thursday 26th September 2013. Kick off: Evening, Time TBC.
Wales Captain, Jess Fishlock.

Wales Captain, Jess Fishlock.

The match will be against Belarus in a qualifying match for the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup. Also in the group are England, Turkey, Ukraine and Montenegro. The matches will be played over the next eighteen months, with the goal to reach Canada in the summer of 2015 for the finals tournament.

The Football Association of Wales is grateful to Cardiff City FC for agreeing to host the international and the match promises to be a great opportunity to showcase the best footballers in Wales in action in the capital.

Wales has met Belarus twice before in the Women’s World Cup tournament. First in Mogilev in October 1997 when the home side won 4-1 and then in the return match at Bridge Meadow, Haverfordwest, when the match was drawn 3-3. Goalscorers from those matches were Debbie Gunn (in Belarus) and Jayne Ludlow, Ayshea Martyn and Ceryl Jones in Haverfordwest.

The Wales team has recently risen to their highest-ever FIFA and UEFA ranking positions after a very strong showing in the recent European Championship qualifiers that saw wins over the Republic of Ireland and Israel (twice), plus a draw with Scotland. The team also gave eventually group winners, France, two very difficult matches.

The Wales team is managed by Finn, Jarmo Matikainen, who is in charge of all the Wales women’s sides from Under 17 through to the national side. He has been in post since 2010. Prior to that he worked with the Finnish FA and had experience of working with all of their national youth sides (male and female) as well as a period with the men’s national side.

Women’s Football in Wales is very much on an upward swing and this summer sees Wales host the finals of the UEFA Women’s Under 19 Championship in West Wales. Matches begin from the 19th August onward with the final at Parc y Scarlets, Llanelli on Saturday 31st August. Other venues are Richmond Park, Carmarthen, Conygar Bridge Meadow in Haverfordwest and Stebonheath Park in Llanelli.