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Canberra in A-League mix: Lowy

Canberra is in the mix to have a team in the A-League and as soon as next season, according to Football Federation Australia chairman Frank Lowy.

Speaking on Fox Sports Lowy said Canberra's bid met a lot of the requirements for inclusion in the A-League as did western Sydney.

"Without being too definite, I think I can tell you that we actually have three opportunities now," Lowy said.

"Discussion with the new Gold Coast people, Canberra is still interested, and there's a real opportunity in the western suburbs (of Sydney).

"The question with western suburbs is can we field a team this October?

"I think we will be able to field a team (eventually), but the big question is whether it's this October ..."

Lowy seemed less confident the Gold Coast, whose current franchise will drop out of the competition at the conclusion of this season, would field a team in 2012/13.

"It's quite a difficult question to answer, but the chance of Gold Coast playing in the A-League next season is very little.

"We have terminated their licence ... it's a shame that we had to do it but we had no choice.

"We are not against Gold Coast, were just not happy with the performance and behaviour of the current Gold Coast United."

The FFA will be forced into a nine-team competition if it can't get another team off the ground in the next seven months.

Gold Coast had their licence revoked after the peak body determined the club had breached FFA policy.

It followed an ongoing verbal stoush between United's billionaire owner Clive Palmer, Lowy and FFA management.

Palmer has since formed his own organisation called Football Australia and announced on Tuesday it would conduct an inquiry into the state of the game in Australia.

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