TOP level football will converge on Wagga for the first time after after Wagga City Council last night rubber stamped a deal which will see Sydney FC A-League and W-League pre-season games played in the city.
As reported by The Daily Advertiser last month, a W-League clash is scheduled for Equex Centre this October, with an A-League match pencilled in for next year.
Both matches are likely to be played against Newcastle Jets, with council and Football Wagga hopeful of establishing a longer term deal where men's and women's games would be alternated each year.
Sydney FC are the current holders of the A-League and W-League grand final trophies, and the fixture follows Wagga's first NRL game in over two decades between Canberra and Penrith at Equex Centre earlier this year.
"This is a fantastic announcement for Wagga Wagga and all football supporters across the Riverina," Wagga mayor Cr Greg Conkey said.
"It's great to secure the W-League match this year on the back of the recent World Cup which again lifted the profile of the Matildas and women's football.
"The chance to potentially see Sydney FC's international representatives right here in Wagga is sure to generate plenty of interest in this fixture.
"To have clubs such as Canberra Raiders and now Sydney FC knocking on Wagga's door wanting to play games here is a huge coup for the city."
Under the plan, Sydney FC boss Danny Townsend told The Daily Advertiser they hope to alternate W-League and A-League pre-season games with Dubbo.
"There would be W-League (in Wagga) this year, A-League next year and we'll swap every year," Townsend said.
"Both cities (Wagga and Dubbo) would get a professional football game every year.
"If you're going to do these things you may as well do it properly. There's no use us making a splash in Wagga, then never going back there."