Piazza the action

Jordan Marocchi, Lord Mayor Lisa Scaffidi,Jett Boshard, Gary Marocchi and Charlie Rowe get ready for the World Cup. Picture: Andrew Ritchie d420585
Jordan Marocchi, Lord Mayor Lisa Scaffidi,Jett Boshard, Gary Marocchi and Charlie Rowe get ready for the World Cup. Picture: Andrew Ritchie d420585

The big screen will show all Australian matches and finals, with keen soccer fans able to catch the action in the early hours of the morning.

Former Australian captain and inaugural Perth Glory coach Gary Marocchi said the current Socceroos side was focused on building experience in the lead-up to the 2018 World Cup.

Australia is playing in what Marocchi said was the ‘group of death’ against Chile, Spain and the Netherlands and he said any score notched by Australia would be cause for celebration.

The Perth Soccer Club president represented Australia 13 times, including in the 1978 World Cup qualifier against Iran.

‘We were playing in front of a 100,000-strong local crowd with about five women in the entire stadium,’ he said.

‘At half-time we were 0-0 and the crowd were throwing pomegranates at us and we lost 1-0.’

Lord Mayor Lisa Scaffidi encouraged people to head down to the heart of Northbridge to catch all the action with their scarfs and blankets.

‘Perth is a very multicultural place and a lot of people who frequent Northbridge would be keen to see the World Cup,’ she said.