He said football was one of the most popular sports at the Sydney 2000 Olympics, but it was actually the AFL and cricket which benefited the most from the Games.
Brisbane, where Postecoglou used to coach the Roar in the A-League, hosted seven men’s football matches at the Olympics – but instead of a rectangular stadium being built, the Gabba was redeveloped, leaving an infrastructure gap for the round-ball code that still exists today.
“It is significant for football, significant for Australia, it’s going to be an unbelievable tournament. The Matildas are going great guns and hopefully they have a good crack at it,” Postecoglou said on SEN Radio.
“The only thing again is it’s got to leave a legacy for our game because the Sydney Olympics football was the most participated sport and we got nothing out of it.
“The  Asian Cup, we won and literally the next day, life went on without football having any sort of a legacy. Even the achievement itself hasn’t really left much of a legacy.
“I know it’s going to be a fantastic tournament because Australia always holds fantastic tournaments, but I hope it’s significant for football in the long term – things like facilities, infrastructure, governments are buying into the game. I’m hoping that’s going to be the most positive outcome at all.”
Postecoglou credited the ‘As One’ bid team, particularly FFA’s Mark Falvo and Jane Fernandez, for their behind-the-scenes work in winning over FIFA powerbrokers.
A critic of previous FFA administrations led by executives from other codes, he also expressed confidence in the game’s current leaders and said he was a fan of the A-League’s mooted switch from summer to winter.
“I don’t mind it. If the football people within our code think that’s the best way to go then believe it and go for it,” he said.
“That’s what I’ve always been critical of – we always look to outside sources to tell us where the game’s best placed.
“The best decisions we can make are ones that we believe are going to be good for football and if that’s a winter season, then back it, go for it.
“I’m pretty impressed with what’s happened in the last few weeks … I’m a big rap, he’s a mate of mine, of the chairman [Nikou] who’s the best kind of chairman because he’s fairly anonymous and just gets the work done.
“I think James Johnson’s a fantastic appointment, he’s a football person. As long as they’re making football decisions, I think they’re headed in the right direction.”
Vince is a sports reporter for The Sydney Morning Herald.