FFA has welcomed the inaugural intake for its new Centre of Excellence with the players’ first challenge a camp in Italy where they’ll play Inter and AC Milan.
Football Federation Australia has welcomed the inaugural intake for the new FFA Centre of Excellence with the players- first challenge a training camp in Italy where they-ll play Inter and AC Milan.
FFA today officially welcomed the inaugural intake of 24 scholars for the new FFA Centre of Excellence which will be based at the Australian Institute of Sport (AIS) in Canberra.
First on the agenda for the new group of players is a tour to Italy where they will be based at the AIS European Training Centre in Varese and play friendly matches against the youth teams of Parma (26 March), Inter Milan (30 March), AC Milan (2 April) and Varese 4 April).
The players will depart today and return back to Canberra on 8 April to begin their participation in the National Premier Leagues: Capital Football.
Later in the year the team will compete in the Foxtel National Youth League competition alongside the youth teams of the Hyundai A-League clubs.
Previously the AIS Men-s Football Program was a jointly managed between the AIS and FFA.
Following a restructure, this year the program is now funded by the Australian Sports Commissions- Winning Edge Strategy and completely administered by FFA.
The FFA appointed Technical and Coaching staff are also responsible for the selection of the players for the program.
The program will continue to be based at the AIS facilities in Canberra. The players, who are aged between 15-16 years of age, from all over Australia live with local Canberra families under a homestay program with all scholars attending UC Senior Secondary College Lake Ginninderra.
Luke Casserly, FFA Head of National Performance is excited about the new era for the FFA Centre of Excellence.
“We greatly appreciate the support of the Australian Sports Commission for their support of the new FFA Centre of Excellence,” said Casserly.
“This program is an important part of FFA-s elite player pathway and a major step towards representing Australia on the world stage,” concluded Casserly.
Peter de Roo, Technical Director of the FFA Centre of Excellence, is equally excited about the revamped program.
“The players have been identified as the best of the best from the FFA National Youth Championship and National Training Centre (NTC) Challenge Tournaments,” said de Roo
“Our main goal of the program is to take these players to the next level of their football development both technically and tactically,” concluded de Roo.
Head Coach of the Joeys Tony Vidmar, who is the senior coach of the FFA Centre of Excellence, is looking forward to prepare these players to compete internationally.
“Everything we do will be geared towards best preparing this group of players to qualify for the FIFA U-17 World Cup via the AFC U-16 Championship,” said Vidmar
“This will be done on and off the field and through regular competitive matches and international tours.
“The better we prepare these players, the better prepared they will be to represent Australia,” concluded Vidmar.
FFA Centre of Excellence Scholars 2014-2015 player list
Name - Member Federation Daniel ARZANI - NSW Jackson BANDIERA - NSW Joe CALETTI - NSW Nicholas D'AGOSTINO - QLD Henry DAVIES - NSW James DELIANOV - VIC Charlie DEVEREUX - SA Jamie DIMITROFF - QLD Duro DRAGICEVIC - QLD Perry FOTAKOPOULOS - NSW Cameron JOICE - NNSW Peter KEKERIS - NSW Danny KIM - QLD Daniel MASKIN - NSW Solomon MONAHAN-VAIIKA - NSW Brandon OSIPOV - VIC Nicholas PANETTA - QLD Kosta PETRATOS - NSW Jamal REINERS - WA Kye ROWLES - QLD Zac SPETH - NSW Malcolm WARD - NSW Zak WATERS - SA Christian VERBI - SA
'I hope they go through': France praise for Socceroos
Defeat to France was seen as inevitable by many but in the end, it was a tough slog and Australia nearly took something away from their opening fixture in Group C. After a number of Les Bleus admitted they didn’t know many of Australia’s players, the unknown Socceroos give Fra
Talay departs role as Young Socceroos head coach
Football Federation Australia (FFA) today announced the departure of Young Socceroos coach Ufuk Talay who is looking to pursue another coaching opportunity. Talay was assistant coach at the AIS Centre of Excellence and for the Joeys before taking over from Paul Okon as head co
What's next for the Socceroos?
After a courageous 2-1 defeat to France in the opening Group C fixture of the FIFA World Cup™, the Socceroos need a win in their next match against Denmark in order to have a realistic shot at the Round of 16. Thursday night’s (AEST) clash - live on SBS and Optus Sport at 10p
The Equation: What the Denmark-Peru result means for Socceroos
After Australia’s heartbreaking late loss to France at the FIFA World Cup™ on Saturday night, all eyes turned to the other Group C clash between Denmark and Peru. And it was the Danes who emerged narrow 1-0 winners to sit alongside Les Bleus at the top of the group. REPORT: