Stadium on the shortlist

INTERNATIONAL soccer teams might use Marconi Stadium as a training ground for the 2015 AFC Asian Cup.

The Bossley Park venue is on a short list as a training camp for Australia's biggest-ever tournament, to be played from January 9 to January 31, 2015.

Marconi Stadium is among nine venues in NSW stating their case to organisers.

The AFC Asian Cup will be played in five host cities in Australia, Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Canberra and Newcastle.

Marconi football operations manager Jesse Mariani said the club is keen to host an international team.

"We are excited to be shortlisted from such a large number of entrants," Mariani said.

"It is a fantastic opportunity to put Marconi on the map as an international training venue.

"Fairfield has one of the most cultural and diverse populations in NSW, not to mention a high number of its population support and participating in the sport at all levels.

"Marconi Stadium has a great history of hosting national and international teams, and we are very determined to be involved with the Asian Cup."

Organisers will announce their decision early next year. Mariani said if Marconi Stadium is selected it will be would a great boost for the local community.

Local organising committee chief executive Michael Brown said the response has been strong as clubs seek selection as training centres.

"Australians are getting behind the Asian Cup in a big way," Brown said.

"We aim to put on a world-class event and it's clear Australians are ready to provide a big welcome."

In other club news, Darren Iocca, 39, has been appointed head coach of the Stallions in 2014.

The former goalkeeper played with the Stallions in the 1990s.

Iocca takes over from Jean Paul de Marigny who has moved on to join A-League club Melbourne Victory as an assistant coach.

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