Taiwan announce when Australia tickets go on sale


Taiwan's opening two matches have ended in defeat, a 2-1 loss to Jordan, which most fans predicted, and a surprising 2-0 loss to Nepal, both events were played at home. This leaves Taiwan with a mountain to climb, and the games don't get any easier as top-seeded side Australia is next to arrive in Taiwan. 

We now then have the ticket information which the CTFA (Taiwan Football Association) has released.

How to buy tickets 

So if I have understood the Chinese well enough, there are three different places to buy tickets from, and each ticket seller will get them on different dates. The first one is the ticket site, TixCraft, the other I understand is Ibon at 7-Eleven. I believe you can also use the ticket booth machine in Family Mart as well.

So either there are three different sites to buy tickets from or three different collection points. I will clarify this ASAP. The best bet, however, is to just buy them through TixCraft because they are the first company that will be selling them on 15th September.

If you don't want to miss out that is your best option.

To buy the tickets through TixCraft, you need to first make an account, then select which section you would like to be in — the home or the away end.

If you're an Aussie fan pay close attention to this nugget of info. As the TixCraft side said that the stewards/volunteers taking your ticket have the right to make you buy another if you have purchased in the wrong section. This is most likely dependent on how the person feels who is ripping the stub off your ticket mind you.

As I have said before, due to the stadium capacity being 55,000, I don't think it will be a sellout, which means if you're not too fussed about taking a risk you could attempt to buy a ticket on the day.

It all depends on how much appeal Australia have within Taiwan, as Jordan and Nepal raise very little interest. Although there is a chance, the Aussies could help with pulling in a bigger crowd, especially as a lot of Taiwanese spend time in Australia travelling or working.

Don't get the wrong idea mind, I reckon the attendance will be bigger than the Nepal and Jordan matches, and there would be some hope of selling out the 20,000 Taipei Stadium, but unlikely to get 55,000. If they do get 55,000 though I will go to the top of Taipei 101 and wave my arse to the city below!

How to get there? Where to stay?

If you're travelling to Kaohsiung for the game like me, then you have a few options. You can either stay in Kaohsiung and make a couple of nights of it (as it is a Tuesday I doubt many can do this) or you scabby a half day from work, rush to the high-speed train there and rush to the high-speed train after the game.

The only reason most people can travel there is solely down to the high-speed train. It's expensive, granted but it means you don't need to lose a full day off work. This will keep the notorious scrooge-like local bosses happy when it comes to taking time off work.

The high-speed rail also gives you the option to choose to stay pretty much anywhere in the country if you are a travelling Aussie fan.

You could stay in Taipei, make a few quick trips down the east coast to Yilan or Hualien and then back to Taipei, down to Kaohsiung on the high speed for the match. Or you could decide to base yourself in Kaohsiung, go and check out the monkeys, check out the old capital in Tainan, visit the beaches down in Kenting.

Whatever you decide to do while you come here for the match, Taiwan's transport system makes it pretty much easy enough to base your self in any city or town throughout the country and still be able to find transport that is good enough to get you to the match on time, be it the MRT, HSR (High Speed Rail) Local Train, flights, buses, etc etc.

As long as you plan the time well, then, there won't be any issues at all because Taiwan's transport system is top-notch.

The same goes for where you decide to stay, hotels can get a little pricey, but there is a multitude of options available for everyone, from low-cost hostels to plush hotels.

Some local food you might want to try if you're a travelling Aussie fan might be, stinky tofu, beef noodles, lu rou fan, oyster omelette, bubble tea, pigs blood, dachang bao xiaochang (sausage in a sausage), spicy hot pot, fried chicken steak. There's plenty of other stuff to get your teeth sunk into.

Any Aussies who are coming to Taiwan for the game next month and would like to ask us any questions, then send them through our social media channels on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter.

Yes, I should work for the tourist board!


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