Yesterday on their webpage, Deaf Sports Australia announced on their website that they will be playing an Australian hosted friendly against the men’s national team of North Korea. The game is scheduled for December 13, with an 8:00 PM local kickoff at the Athletic Centre Sydney Olympic Park. Gates are scheduled to open at 7:00 PM, with an AU$10 ticket price. In advance of the game, there is scheduled to be a three course dinner organized by Deaf Football Australia and the local Korean community, with an AU$100 ticket price.
The both the governments of Australia and North Korea supports this international friendly. The friendly is being supported by the Football Federation Australia and Deaf Football Australia. The game also has local businesses sponsoring it.
Organized national deaf soccer in Australia dates back to the late 1970s, when regional leaders from New South Wales, Queensland and Victoria, including Paul Burrowes, Graham Home, Wendy Home, Ron Loader, Jeff Moir, Sue Cateris, Mike Ovitt Matthew Veale and John Walsh , got together on March 24, 1978 to discuss creating a national body for the sport. One of the goal’s of the organization is to encourage people to look at players more for their abilities on the pitch than their inability to hear.