The ACT government is confident of securing a long-term deal to host Matildas and Socceroos games, adamant "we don't need to cross our fingers" in hope of more international content.
The two national sides will host one game apiece in Canberra over the next 18 months as part of a three-way $24.5 million deal to build a new centre of excellence and secure internationals in the ACT.
The Socceroos will bring a World Cup qualifier to the capital on the road to Qatar, the Matildas will play a Cup of Nations game or a friendly and the Young Matildas will host an international in Canberra.
It comes as the ACT government commits $20 million to build a new facility in Throsby, with Capital Football kicking in $4.5 million of its own as part of the deal with Football Federation Australia.
The Matildas have not played in Canberra since they hosted New Zealand at the AIS track in 2013, while the Socceroos have been absent in the capital for four years.
"We don't need to cross fingers, we'll work closely with the FFA," ACT sports minister Yvette Berry said.
"It's important, if you have such a high participation in the ACT, particularly with the success of the Matildas and Canberra United over the years.
"We want to make sure there is opportunity for every young woman in the ACT to see people and actually be part of that whole excitement around elite football.
"There are [three] matches that we have agreement with the FFA to bring to the ACT as part of this whole agreement.
"The fixtures get arranged by someone else out of our control, but that's certainly the agreement we have reached with the FFA and Capital Football as part of this whole program.
"There is a new facility here, a home of football, and we really build the excitement around that through bringing elite football to the ACT."
Capital Football's new home will provide international teams with a purpose-built training base in Canberra and will soon host the city's W-League club.
Canberra United will shift home games from McKellar Park to the Throsby complex upon its completion once an enclosed field with a grandstand is built.
It may yet provide Canberra's A-League bid with a shot in the arm as the region pushes to be included in the next round of expansion for the men's competition.
Capital Football chief executive Phil Brown says the prospect of housing Canberra United and the region's development programs will be a huge boost for Canberra's soccer pathways.
Designs are yet to be completed but the 28-hectare facility will have the capacity for "at least two international futsal courts and somewhere between six and eight football fields" depending on their configuration.
"Rather than having a Canberra United Academy at one venue, and Canberra United at another, they're all together," Brown said.
"They will benefit from being able to see their role models and training alongside them.
"The plan is once the facility is built and it has got an enclosed venue with a grandstand, yes, we will host our Canberra United matches here."
Her W-League days are behind her but Grace Gill may yet get a chance to play at the new complex with Canberra Premier League fixtures set to be hosted in Throsby.
The facility will ease the strain on Canberra clubs struggling to find adequate venues like Gungahlin United.
"Having a facility like this in Canberra really speaks to the growth of football in Canberra and nationally," Gill said.
"For the Matildas and international teams to have an establishment where they can be housed and have training, where they can play international games is a perfect opportunity for the Canberra football community but also for the national team set-up."
The prospect of training alongside the national side is still sinking in for rising Young Matildas star Emma Ilijoski.
"Even seeing them on 'TV' it's like 'wow'. It's such a special moment," Ilijoski said.
"But seeing them at our home will be really cool. Seeing them and that environment they are a part of makes you more determined and motivated to have the same opportunity.