Stepping Stones

Category Archives: Young Socceroos (U20s)

Stepping Stones

One of the ongoing converstaions in football is around youth development and pathways. The 2018 Asian Youth Championships held in Jakarta sparked the most recent debate among Australian fans and media. A spot in the FIFA U20 World Championships was on the line. Since 1981, young Australian players have been able to show their wares to an international audience via the FIFA Youth World Cup. It can be a stage to launch a career or the peak for a promising talent. Looking at the fifteen editions we’ve been a part of from our first in 1981 to our last one…

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Okon Selects 23 For Young Socceroos Camp

Young Socceroos coach Paul Okon has selected 23 players for a three-day training camp at the AIS in Canberra next week. The camp is from next Tuesday 10 to Thursday 12 December. It’s the start of preparations for the AFC U-19 Championships in Myanmar in October next year, which double as qualifiers for the FIFA U-20 World Cup in New Zealand in July, 2015. Okon said that the commencement of the 2013/14 Foxtel National Youth League had provided an insight to the next generation of eligible players. “We are going through a process to identify a larger pool of players…

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The Missing Link (Part I)

The Young Socceroos have just completed a low-key AFC U19 championship qualifier campaign in Malaysia. Finishing a disappointing second in Group F, the young Aussies await other results to learn whether they will progress to the Championships to be held in Myanmar next year. A 5-1 loss to Vietnam has left a lot of people scratching their heads to what went wrong and what does this mean for the next generation. While still early in a player’s development, the Young Socceroos provides a great opportunity to expose the next generation of Australian footballers to the demands of international football, tournament…

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