FFA want another Cup of Nations

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Football Federation Australia will look seriously at a second Cup of Nations tournament next year - or hosting the Olympic qualifying tournament - to help give the Matildas their best shot at 2020 Olympics gold.

The governing body staged the three-city, four-nation tournament this week in a major change-up to usual tours by visiting nations.

The Cup of Nations required government support but still ran at a loss for FFA given the costs associated with a 12-day Australian team camp and hosting New Zealand, South Korea and Argentina.

"We are satisfied with the response of the public in terms of attendances, and we are thankful that three different governments are supporting the event," FFA chief executive David Gallop told AAP.

"Women's football is a high priority for us, so we are prepared to make the investment."

Around 25,000 people took in the matches, staged as double-headers at Leichhardt Oval, Suncorp Stadium and AAMI Park.

The tournament was the brainchild of former coach Alen Stajcic but the timing gave incoming boss Ante Milicic the chance to spend much-needed time with his players in camp, assessing them for World Cup selection.

FFA figures believe it would have sold significantly more without the coaching upheaval. Ticket sales ground to a halt at the time of Stajcic's axing.

Still, Gallop was happy with the on-field action and pleased with the progress made by the Australian team on the road to the World Cup.

"The quality of football has been excellent, and the opportunity to have four World Cup qualified women's national teams on Australian soil competing for silverware is a privilege to see," Gallop said.

"The Matildas got back to the dominant ways of 2017 and it was particularly pleasing to see them buzzing with excitement at the end of each game. Sam Kerr was outstanding on and off the pitch. We are all set for a big few months of preparation for France.

"Differing styles of play, different rivalries, the opportunity to celebrate some history (as we did in Sydney for the 40th anniversary of the Matildas first match v New Zealand), the Matildas in camp leading up to the window ... they all add up to success from a football perspective."

Drawn on whether the Cup of Nations would be more than a one-off, Gallop said options were on the table.

"We are weighing up bidding to host the Olympic qualification tournament itself. That said, we see the Cup of Nations as an ongoing annual event so this year is just the beginning."

Source AAP