It will be an almighty shock to the system when Australia's Europe-based players arrive in Malaysia next weekend ahead of their AFC World Cup qualifier against Syria on Oct. 5.
Mile Jedinak has a Saturday afternoon home game with Aston Villa against Bolton Wanderers. Aaron Mooy's Huddersfield Town host Tottenham Hotspur while Tom Rogic's Celtic will face Hibernian at Celtic Park, both on the same day.
The Matildas will host China in a two-match series in November in an important warm up before next year's Asian Cup.
Football Federation Australia (FFA) and the Victorian Government announced games at Melbourne's AAMI Park on Nov. 22 and Geelong's Simonds Stadium on Nov. 26.
The news comes with women's football on a high in Australia after the Matildas defeated Brazil in two internationals before healthy crowds, with more than 31,000 fans passing through the turnstiles in Penrith and Newcastle.
Earlier this year, the Malaysian city of Malacca, which will host next month's 2018 AFC World Cup playoff, officially became "Melaka" in a bid to end years of confusion between the English and Bahasa spellings.
There has been some uncertainty in Australia too, with the Socceroos wondering about the location of the away leg of their showdown with Syria on Oct. 5. In the end, the Hang Jebat Stadium in Melaka was chosen by Asia's ruling body after Abu Dhabi and Doha had been mentioned as possible venues. The...