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Arnold coaches federal MPs in bid for soccer funding

Socceroos coach Graham Arnold has put federal politicians through their paces as he lobbies for greater federal funding for the sport.

In Canberra to meet with government ministers on Monday, Arnold started his day with a cross-party coaching session outside Parliament House.

Agriculture Minister Murray Watt, Nationals senator Matt Canavan and Labor senator Nita Green were among those who took part in the drills.

Arnold, who has been reappointed as Socceroos coach until the end of the 2026 World Cup campaign, has pushed for more government funding to help Australia keep pace with growing football investment in other nations.

He also wants a "home of football" similar to the Australian Institute of Sports which can host elite training facilities.

Football Australia said the Socceroos and Olyroos high-performance programs did not receive any federal funding and Arnold had expressed his strong desire to "help create a legacy for Australian football" upon being reappointed.