Graham Arnold wants to combine the Olyroos and Socceroos European squads and host national team friendlies in Europe.
Borders remain open in Europe and friendlies can be held in the October and November international windows, which could allow the Socceroos to schedule crucial matches in those months.
“Plan A, I’ve ripped up that bit of paper and now I’ve pulled out Plan B,” Arnold told News Corp.
“It’s something that FFA will no doubt look to help support and I’ve obviously spoken to (FFA CEO) James Johnson about it. Those FIFA windows in October or November are still there because at this moment the Euro qualifiers are on.
“So in that FIFA window, we can hold a camp that combines of Olyroos and Socceroos, and have a camp in Europe, in England maybe, where we can get the players together and get on the front foot so when we do come back for our World Cup qualifiers, we’re ready to go.
“We’re looking at which nations are available to play. We’ve got probably close to 50 players playing in Europe. Those borders are open at the moment and things are moving around in Europe.
“Well, the staff, we can go to them. We can go and see them and make sure that we’re in communication. We reboot, review, reconnect and be ready for when things do open up and we are playing those games.
“We can’t go 18 months with me not seeing the players or not having that connection."
While these matches probably wouldn't feature any A-League talent, it could allow Arnold and the Socceroos to blood in new European based players and crucially prepare for what promises to be an incredibly intense 2021 schedule.
“The A-League players are very much a big part of our plan moving forward, but while the A-League is not being played in October and November, I plan to go to Europe and spend some valuable time with the boys over there,” Arnold said.
“I miss being on the field and I miss coaching, but at the end of the day it’s a world pandemic and it is what it is. The most important thing is that we’ll be ready when the decisions are made to come back.
“To me, nothing has been cancelled. It’s just been postponed. It’s going to be a truly fantastic, exciting, busy time in 2021 and 2022. Everything is positive moving forward.
“I’m very positive about the playing group. We’re in a great position in the World Cup qualifiers.”