Garriock to share Matildas assistant role

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The Matildas are on a mission to build depth - and not just within the playing ranks.

As coach Alen Stajcic prepares to blood new squad members in a fresh FIFA World Cup and Olympic cycle, he's also growing the pool of coaching talent at the disposal of Australia's national women's team.

Former Matildas star Heather Garriock will take on assistant coaching duties alongside Gary van Egmond for next month's Algarve Cup in Portugal.

After that, ex-Australia midfielder Leah Blayney and Brisbane Roar W-League coach Mel Andreatta will be rotated into the shared role as part of Football Federation Australia's push to increase female representation in top-level mentoring.

"So almost like the players, we're trying to increase the pool of talent we've got in the country and increase their exposure to international football and our training methods," Stajcic told AAP.

"Hopefully that will not only upskill them, but also tap into different values and perspectives that will add to the team.

"I personally don't like distinguishing (between male and female), I just like having quality people.

"I know we've got three quality people, and for anyone who's aspiring to join they can see there's a pathway all the way to the top."

Garriock, who amassed 130 caps and scored 20 goals for the Matildas, is a well of knowledge and experience courtesy of three Women's World Cups, two Olympics and three Asian Cups.

The 34-year-old has already made coaching inroads, named the 2015 Football NSW women's NPL1 coach of the year after leading Sydney University to the title.

She's also been heavily involved in the national set-up and acted as Young Matildas assistant, while Blayney and Andreatta both travelled with the team to last year's Rio Olympics.

The non FIFA-affiliated Algarve Cup is the Matildas' first hit-out since August's heartbreaking quarter-final shoot-out loss to eventual silver medallists Brazil.

Stajcic is set to announce his squad on Monday for two training camps running in Canberra from Wednesday and Sydney early next week before Sweden, Holland and China await in the group stage starting March 1.

It's a prime opportunity to test new players ahead of next year's Asian Cup in Jordan, which doubles as the 2019 FIFA World Cup qualifiers.

"Our whole objective over the next two or three years is to build squad depth get a good core group of players we think can perform at a high level come the World Cup and Tokyo 2020 (Olympics)."

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