Matildas coach Alen Stajcic has described the inaugural Cup of Nations because the “good” preparation for subsequent yr’s World Cup.
The Matildas will meet Argentina, South Korea and New Zealand on house soil in late February as a part of their build-up to France.
The mini-tournament will characteristic three double-headers at Jubilee Stadium in Sydney, Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane and AAMI Park in Melbourne.
“For me it is good — totally different kinds of play,” Stajcic mentioned on Tuesday.
It’s a main piece of the puzzle for the Australian girls’s workforce, who’re thought of a significant contender to declare what can be their maiden trophy.
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The world No. 6 outfit has already booked a pleasant in opposition to the USA in April, when additionally they hope to match in one other two matches.
Their remaining camp will probably be in Europe the place they’ve additionally pencilled in not less than one other three fixtures in opposition to unknown opponents.
Then it is off to France for the World Cup, with the Matildas but to resolve on a base.
We simply have to flesh out the main points on a few of these [games]. All these issues are in place, we have simply received dot the i’s and cross the t’s,” Stajcic mentioned.
The schedule is much totally different to the one they skilled in Canada 4 years in the past, once they have been agonisingly knocked out by Japan in the quarterfinals.
Again then they’d 4 whole months with the taking part in group.
“The way in which girls’s soccer’s developed now, you may solely get the gamers in FIFA home windows — that is the half that has modified for the reason that final World Cup,” Stajcic mentioned.
“It is the identical for each workforce.”
Australia drew arch-rivals Brazil (world No. 10), rising European powerhouse Italy (No. 16), and unknown entity Jamaica (No. 53) for the group stage in France.
That is why Stajcic insisted a wide range of taking part in kinds was key in welcoming Argentina (No. 36), South Korea (No. 14) and New Zealand (No. 19) subsequent yr.
“One other South American workforce, very comparable to [recent opponents] Chile,” he mentioned.
“New Zealand are very comparable to loads of the groups in the World Cup. [They] have that actually aggressive, front-foot proactive kind of recreation.
“And to come up in opposition to Korea, an Asian workforce who we may come throughout in opposition to in the crossover ought to we get by way of the group stage.
“For us it is fantastic preparation. The totally different kinds of play is necessary, and staying at house is necessary from a prep viewpoint.”
FFA chief govt David Gallop mentioned the governing physique intends to make the four-nation tournament an annual occasion.
Cup of Nations schedule (all occasions are AEDT):
Feb. 28 at Jubilee Stadium, Sydney: Argentina vs. South Korea at four.35pm, Australia vs. New Zealand at 7.30pm
March three at Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane: Argentina vs. New Zealand at four.05pm, Australia vs. South Korea at 7pm
March 6 at AAMI Park, Melbourne: South Korea vs. New Zealand at three.05pm, Australia vs. Argentina at 6pm