Aussie talent search as FIFA U-17 World Cup looms

The Joeys will have another important training camp later this month ahead of October’s FIFA U-17 World Cup as coach Tony Vidmar and Technical Director Peter de Roo cast their net even wider for talent.

Thirteen players have been invited to the camp at the Australian Institute of Sport in Canberra as Vidmar and Technical Director of FFA Centre of Excellence  Peter de Roo fine-tune preparations for the World Cup. 

“This camp will be a good opportunity to work with the players who we [Joeys Technical Staff] have been monitoring, and comparing them to our current FFA CoE squad,” Vidmar said.

“It will be an intensive four days to see which players will add quality to the team at international level, as the 2015 FIFA U17 World Cup is not too far away.

“The camp gives us the chance to integrate the players coming in to the things we have worked on with our FFA CoE group for the past nine months since qualification.”

De Roo said it was important to have a look at the overseas and other Australian-based players to ensure every player is on the radar ahead of the World Cup.

“This Joeys program has never been a closed shop,” de Roo said.

“If there are players in this upcoming camp that show that they have what it takes to be part of our U-17 National Team that goes to the World Cup in Chile; then they will be traveling with us in October.”

The camp will run from June 16-19.

Australian Under-17 Training Camp Members:

Jake Brimmer, Nicholas D’Agostino, Lucas Derrick, Jordon Koton, Bailey Kubecka, Joshua Laws, Alec Maiolo, Liam McGing, Samet Salis, Nicholas Sorras, Jonathan Vakirtzis, Josh Wall, Pierce Waring