A well-run 2015 Asian Cup will have f*ck all effect on our chance of getting either 2018 or 2022 give that both World Cup's will likely be announced at the same time (March 2011).
But I like the fact that games are spread around the whole country as it ensures no one is left out. There may be some minor works required on Hindmarsh and MES to bring their capacities up, but apart from that all venues are already in place and ready to go.
I don't see why groups need to be split up like that - and I don't think Gosford and Newcastle should have a group to themselves. This is what I would do:
Group A (involving Australia)
Game 1 - (Australian Game) Melbourne
Game 2 - Sydney
Game 3 - (Australian Game) Brisbane
Game 4 - Sydney
Game 5 - (Australian Game) Sydney
Game 6 - Newcastle
- Melbourne/Adelaide (4 in Melbourne, 2 in Adelaide)
- Brisbane/Gold Coast/Newcastle (two games in each)
- Perth/Adelaide (4 in Perth, 2 in Adelaide)
- Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide
- Brisbane, Melbourne
By Venue: (Group games, knockout games)
Sydney - 3,2
Newcastle - 3
Gold Coast - 2
Brisbane - 2,2
Melbourne - 5,2
Adelaide - 4,1
Perth - 4,1
I think 7 venues would be more than enough.