Football Federation Australia has confirmed the A-League All Stars match will return next year and Fairfax Media understands Italian giants Juventus are red-hot favourites to be brought to Australia for the showpiece event.

Sydney or Melbourne will likely host to the game with a venue yet to be determined but it is believed ANZ Stadium is the front-runner for the marquee event. The FFA was delighted with the success of the concept's debut last July, featuring Manchester United, and confirmed the event would return next winter with opponents of a similar calibre. The governing body would not comment on the potential opponents, but it is understood the Serie A champions are all but locked in to make the trip.

The likes of Carlos Tevez, Gianluigi Buffon and 2013 World Player of the Year nominee Andrea Pirlo are set to dazzle Australian football fans as the "Old Lady" of Italian football agreed in principle to the terms of the match and is set to sign off on the contract.

Other details of next year's All Stars match are yet to be determined but the initial schedule is set for a date in mid-August next year in order to allow for Juventus to bring a full-strength squad to Australia. This year's match was held on July 20 although next year's game will be staged up to three weeks later due to the World Cup, which runs from June 12 to July 13 in Brazil.

The later date will accommodate the start of the pre-season of major European clubs, such as Juventus, who will have the bulk of their squad involved in the tournament. All Juventus players will be eligible to travel to Australia to participate in the All Stars match as the August date allows for players to have their mandated minimum of three weeks break between the World Cup and their preseason commitments with their club.

The later scheduling will be kinder to the A-League All Stars team as selected players will be in a better condition for the match as it will be staged later in their club's pre-season campaign.

Tourism Victoria is said to be interested in taking the game to Melbourne. The Victorian Government was presented with the opportunity of hosting Manchester United in Melbourne last year for a second match immediately after the All Stars game in Sydney, but was not willing to meet the asking price. It is thought that view may have changed after the success of the 2013 event – with more than 83,000 attending the 5-1 win for United, many of whom came from outside of NSW.

It would be the first time in more than six years Juventus had touched down in Australia after taking part in an exhibition match against the Victory in Melbourne in May 2008. More than 43,000 fans still attended that midweek match despite the lack of big-name players and it's thought a contest between a full-strength Juventus side and a team comprised of the best in the A-League will command a sell-out crowd in any of the nation's biggest stadiums.

Juventus are the most successful club in Italy, having won 29 league titles, two champions league trophies, three UEFA cups and nine Coppa Italia titles. They are Italy's most supported club and also boast a large fan base in Australia.