As Australia appeals to have North Korea banned from next year’s London Games over a doping row, the shattered Olympic dreams of  Matildas could be revived.

A 2012 Olympic berth was narrowly missed by the national women’s soccer team after it finished third at the Asian qualifying tournament in September behind Japan and North Korea, who claimed the two Games spots.

“We think it’s strange that a team is banned for 2015 and not 2012 so we have raised the issue with WADA, the IOC and FIFA but so far to no avail,” Football Federation Australia national teams chief John Boultbee told AAP.