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Is this the toughest qualification any Australians face to make it to Rio?
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17 Feb 2016 - 3:28 PM  UPDATED 17 Feb 2016 - 3:29 PM

The opening match of the Asian qualifying tournament sees the Matildas take on heavyweight and familiar foe Japan on 29 February 2015 at Kincho Stadium, Osaka.

“I guess there is no better time to play Japan than first up when we’re fresh and they’re fresh,” said head coach Alen Stajcic.

“We’ve played them three times in the last 18 months and those results were a draw and two narrow losses so we know we’re in the ball park to match them, we’ve just got to do it on the day.”

Stajcic is preparing the Matildas to qualify for the Olympic Games for the first time since 2004 through the second toughest confederation qualification process.

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The AFC Women’s Olympic Football Tournament Rio 2016 will see six countries playing in a round robin tournament over 10 days with the top 2 points winners qualifying for Rio 2016.

“It’s a bit like the World Cup. It’s almost like a Group of Death trying to qualify and we’ve got our blockbuster first up.”

The six nations include 5 teams in the world top 20 including hosts and World Cup silver medallists Japan, world number 6, DPR Korea; world number 15, China PR; world number 17, Korea Republic and world number 33, Vietnam.

Australia will take on Japan, Vietnam, Korea Republic, DPR Korea before finishing with China.

“Four teams made it through to the knockout stages of the World Cup and then you throw in DPR Korea who weren’t at the World Cup because of their drug suspension, so there is no easy order but it’s probably good to get Japan first up because it gives everyone focus and concentration for the path ahead.

“There’s no such thing as a good draw when you’re playing a schedule like that so you’ve just got to take it as it comes.”

Matildas' Olympic Qualification

Australia v Japan

  • Monday 29 February 2016
  • Kincho Stadium, Osaka
  • Kick-Off: 7:35pm local time (9:35pm AEDT)

Australia v Vietnam

  • Wednesday 2 March 2016
  • Yanmar Stadium Nagai, Osaka
  • Kick-Off: 4:35pm local time (6:35pm AEDT)

Korea Republic v Australia

  • Friday 4 March 2016
  • Yanmar Stadium Nagai, Osaka
  • Kick-Off: 7:35pm local time (9:35pm AEDT)

DPR Korea v Australia

  • Monday 7 March 2016
  • Yanmar Stadium Nagai, Osaka
  • Kick-Off: 7:35pm local time (9:35pm AEDT)

Australia v China P.R.

  • Wednesday 9 March 2016
  • Yanmar Stadium Nagai, Osaka
  • Kick-Off: 7:35pm local time (9:35pm AEDT)

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