Football Federation Australia (FFA) will open discussions with other interested parties after mutually agreeing with the Sydney Rovers consortium not to pursue its bid for a franchise in western Sydney.
FFA CEO Ben Buckley said he wanted to thank the Sydney Rovers consortium.
"I would like to thank Ian Rowden and his team for all of the work that they have done over the past year or so," Buckley said.
"We have mutually decided this week to move on so FFA can explore other options with the view to starting a team in Sydney's west as soon as possible.
"The Sydney Rovers group has completed a substantial amount of work around dealing with stadia, local government and businesses and they have kindly offered to make that work available to other prospective consortiums."
Buckley said FFA was committed to a second Sydney team and believed it was time to give other investors an opportunity.