One former A-League coach says today's expansion news is positive for the future of the Socceroos while one of the league's new clubs have vowed to give their first coaching job to an Australian.
Today the FFA announced two new clubs will join the A-League over the coming two seasons.
Western Melbourne will join the A-League next season 2019/20 followed by Macarthur South West Sydney the following season in 2020/21.
Former Newcastle Jets, Fulham, and Socceroos assistant coach Scott Miller says expansion provides a greater player pathway for all those working in the relatively small football industry down under.
“As an Australian coach, this expansion was vital not only from a brand perspective but more importantly for more players coaches and sports professionals to further their career within the game in Australia.
“Expansion provides greater player pathways for our young and talented footballers," he said.
"The A-League really needs to become central in the development of our future Socceroos," he told FTBL.com.au today.
Miller is currently training the next generation of stars in Victoria at his newly opened Identity Pro Academy on Melbourne's Mornington Peninsula.
“The addition of two new A-League franchises is fantastic for football here in Australia," said Miller. "The work and resources that many have displayed in developing bids is a testimony to the passion for football.
"This trend needs to continue."
It's a sentiment that Macarthur South West Sydney agrees with.
Club director Sam Krslovic said the new franchise was targeting Aussie coaches first and foremost.
“We are an Australian team, based on Australian values so the coach will be Australian,” he said today.
“We’d like to think it’s someone who comes from the area, who grew up in the area, played in the area and understands the DNA of the demographics of the area."
The club added that they would be holding community forums very soon to finalise details of the club colours and a club name confirmed within a few weeks.