Australia national under-20 soccer team

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Australia under-20
Nickname(s) Young Socceroos
Association Football Federation Australia
Confederation AFC (Asia)
Head coach Paul Okon
Captain Curtis Good
FIFA code AUS
First colours
Second colours
First international
Australia Australia 9–0 Papua New Guinea Papua New Guinea
(New Zealand; 11 November 1978)
Biggest win
Australia Australia 16–0 Samoa Samoa
(Rarotonga, Cook Islands; 15 February 2001)
Biggest defeat

Australia Australia 0–4 Brazil Brazil
(Córdoba, Argentina; 27 June 2001)
Australia Australia 1–5 Spain Spain
(Manizales, Colombia; 6 August 2011)

Australia Australia 1–5 Vietnam Vietnam
(Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia; 7 October 2013)

The Australia national under-20 soccer team represents Australia in international under-20 soccer. The team is controlled by the governing body for soccer in Australia, Football Federation Australia (FFA), which is currently a member of the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) and the regional ASEAN Football Federation (AFF) since leaving the Oceania Football Confederation (OFC) in 2006. The team's official nickname is the Young Socceroos.

Australia is a twelve-time OFC champion and three-time AFF champion. The team has represented Australia at the FIFA U-20 World Cup tournaments on fifteen occasions.

History[edit]

2006 AFC U-19 Championship[edit]

In their first foray into Asia in 2006 the team lost the quarterfinals of the AFC Youth Championship, to South Korea,[1] despite being considered one of the stronger teams. This was the first time the Young Socceroos had failed to qualify for the FIFA U-20 World Cup since 1989. Subsequently on 5 February 2007 the FFA decided not to renew Ange Postecoglou's contract as head coach,[2] he was replaced by former Socceroo, and current AIS head coach of soccer, Steve O'Connor.[3]

2008 AFC U-19 Championship[edit]

On 24 June 2008 Jan Versleijen was appointed as the new U-20 coach ahead of the 2008 tournament, with the FFA eager to avoid a repeat of 2006, and qualify for the 2009 FIFA U-20 World Cup in Egypt.[4] In preparation for the tournament, Australia competed in the 2008 ASEAN Youth Championships in Thailand alongside China, Korea Republic and Thailand.[5] A competition which they ultimately won through a penalty shoot-out against Korea Republic.[6] The 2008 AFC U-19 Championship was hosted by Saudi Arabia. Australia topped Group D with wins over Thailand and Jordan and a 1-1 draw with Uzbekistan. Australia then needed an extra time winner from Mitch Nichols to overcome North Korea in the quarter final before losing 3-0 to UAE in the semi-final. However by making it through to the semi-final was enough to qualify for the 2009 FIFA U-20 World Cup.

2009 FIFA U-20 World Cup[edit]

Australia qualified for the 2009 FIFA U-20 World Cup in Egypt after finishing in the final four of the 2008 AFC U-19 Championship. A late James Holland penalty meant Australia lost their opening game to Czech Republic 2-1 before Costa Rica defeated the 'Young Socceroos' 3-0. In the final group game against Brazil, Aaron Mooy gave Australia an early lead however the final result saw Brazil win 3-1 and the Australians eliminated without a point.

2010 AFC U-19 Championship[edit]

To qualify for the tournament, Australia travelled to Bandung, Indonesia in November 2009 for the qualification group and proceeded after finishing second in a group of six nations. Wins over Hong Kong, Chinese Taipei and Singapore proceeded a 0-0 draw with the hosts, Indonesia and a loss to Japan.

Australia competed in the 2010 AFC Under 19 Championship Finals held in Zibo, China.[7]

The tournament was held from 3 to 17 October 2010 in Shandong province. The matches were played at the Zibo Sports Complex Stadium and Linzi Stadium.

Wins over Yemen and Iran followed by a 0-0 draw with South Korea meant Australia topped the group on goal difference. In the quarter final against United Arab Emirates, Australia twice lead before UAE equalised and took the game to extra time. Two extra time goals for Australia set up a semi-final with Saudi Arabia which Australia won 2-0 thanks to a Kerem Bulut double. The final was played on 17 October 2010 against North Korea. Despite leading in the first half, Australia couldn't hold on and lost the final 3-2. Kerem Bulut was the tournaments top scorer with 7 goals. Australia qualified for the 2011 FIFA U-20 World Cup to be held in Colombia.

2011 FIFA U-20 World Cup[edit]

Australia qualified for the 2011 FIFA U-20 World Cup in Colombia after finishing in the final four of the 2010 AFC U-19 Championship. Australia were drawn in a group comprising Spain, Ecuador & Costa Rica.

Australia failed to progress out of the group after finishing last with one point. The first fixture resulted in a one all draw with Ecuador after Tommy Oar scored a late equaliser. The next game saw Costa Rica defeat Australia 3-2. In the final game against Spain, Australia was down by four goals after just 18 minutes. In the 27th minute Kerem Bulut grabbed a goal back before Spain made it 5-1 with a 31st minute penalty. This was to be the final score.

2012 AFC U-19 Championship[edit]

To participate in the 2012 AFC U-19 Championship the Young Socceroos first had to qualify. The confederation was geographically separated and Australia was grouped with other East Asian nations, China, Indonesia, Singapore and Macau. These five nations met in Malaysia in November 2011 and Australia proceeded through the group by winning all four games, scoring 20 goals and conceding just 1.

The 2012 AFC U-19 Championship was hosted by United Arab Emirates in November. Australia were seeded for the tournament along with the hosts and South Korea and North Korea. Australia's opening game was against Qatar. The only goal of the game came in the 11th minute for Australia when Corey Gameiro scored. Gameiro was on the scoresheet in both of the following group games when his 81st minute equaliser against Syria and his 91st minute equaliser against Saudi Arabia meant both games finished 1-1. The critical late goal to Saudi Arabia meant Australia not only proceeded on to the next stage at the expense of the Saudis, but also topped the group.

Australia took on Jordan in the quarter final and it was Gameiro scoring all three goals in a 3-0 win that put Australia through to the semi final and secured qualification to the 2013 FIFA U-20 World Cup in Turkey. Two second half goals to Iraq meant Australia were eliminated from the tournament. Gameiro's six goals was one short of the top goalscorer award.

2013 FIFA U-20 World Cup[edit]

Paul Okon[8] coached Australia in the 2013 FIFA U-20 World Cup in Turkey where they failed to win a game despite scoring the first goal in all 3 fixtures. Daniel De Silva gave Australia the lead before Colombia levelled the game at 1-1. Joshua Brillante scored early prior to El Salvador scoring twice before halftime and Jamie Maclaren scored in the 52nd minute but again Australia couldn't hold on with the hosts, Turkey scoring twice. These results mean Australia has failed to win in any of their last 13 U-20 World Cup fixtures with the last victory coming over Brazil on 4 December 2003.

Players[edit]

Current squad[edit]

The following 23 players have been called up for the 2014 AFC U-19 Championship in Myanmar.[9] Caps and goals correct as of 15 October 2014.

0#0 Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
1 1GK Anthony Bouzanis (1995-11-01) 1 November 1995 (age 19) 1 0 Australia Sydney FC
1GK Paul Izzo (1995-01-06) 6 January 1995 (age 20) 12 0 Australia Adelaide United
18 1GK Jordan Thurtell (1996-07-08) 8 July 1996 (age 18) 6 0 Australia Perth Glory
17 2DF Daniel Alessi (1997-08-26) 26 August 1997 (age 17) 7 0 Australia Western Sydney Wanderers
4 2DF Shayne D'Cunha (1996-04-01) 1 April 1996 (age 18) 5 0 Australia Blacktown City
5 2DF Scott Galloway (1995-04-10) 10 April 1995 (age 19) 15 1 Australia Melbourne Victory
2DF Dylan Murnane (1995-01-18) 18 January 1995 (age 20) 0 0 Australia Melbourne Victory
22 2DF Ben Warland (1997-01-01) 1 January 1997 (age 18) 3 0 Australia Adelaide United
15 2DF Riley Woodcock (1995-01-01) 1 January 1995 (age 20) 5 0 Australia Perth Glory
2DF Mark Ochieng (1996-12-09) 9 December 1996 (age 18) 0 0 Australia Adelaide United
2DF Cameron Burgess (1995-10-21) 21 October 1995 (age 19) 3 0 Scotland Ross County
19 3MF Shannon Brady (1996-06-21) 21 June 1996 (age 18) 4 0 Australia Brisbane Roar
16 3MF Jordan Brown (1996-08-14) 14 August 1996 (age 18) 6 0 Australia Melbourne Victory
14 3MF Daniel De Silva (1997-03-06) 6 March 1997 (age 17) 15 2 Australia Perth Glory
3MF Hagi Gligor (1995-04-08) 8 April 1995 (age 19) 10 0 Australia Sydney FC
3MF Chris Ikonomidis (1995-05-04) 4 May 1995 (age 19) 4 2 Italy Lazio
10 3MF Stefan Mauk (1995-11-12) 12 November 1995 (age 19) 11 2 Australia Melbourne City
8 3MF Chris Naumoff (1995-06-29) 29 June 1995 (age 19) 8 0 Australia Sydney FC
9 4FW Brandon Borrello (1995-06-25) 25 June 1995 (age 19) 8 1 Australia Brisbane Roar
20 4FW Awer Mabil (1995-09-15) 15 September 1995 (age 19) 8 4 Australia Adelaide United
2 4FW Liam Rose (1997-04-01) 1 April 1997 (age 17) 3 0 Australia Central Coast Mariners
11 4FW Peter Skapetis (1995-01-13) 13 January 1995 (age 20) 6 6 England Stoke City
21 4FW Jaushua Sotirio (1995-10-11) 11 October 1995 (age 19) 7 1 Australia Western Sydney Wanderers

Recent call-ups[edit]

The following players have been called up within the last 12 months.

Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club Latest call-up
DF Harry Ascroft (1995-07-01) 1 July 1995 (age 19) 1 1 Netherlands VVV-Venlo 2014 AFF U-19 Youth Championship
DF Jaiden Walker 0 0 Australia Brisbane Roar 2014 AFF U-19 Youth Championship
MF Ben Garuccio (1995-06-15) 15 June 1995 (age 19) 11 0 Australia Melbourne City 2014 AFF U-19 Youth Championship
MF Devante Clut (1995-10-16) 16 October 1995 (age 19) 3 1 Australia Brisbane Roar 2014 NTC Invitational tournament
FW George Blackwood 1 0 Australia Sydney FC 2014 AFF U-19 Youth Championship
FW Marc Marino (1996-04-01) 1 April 1996 (age 18) 3 2 Australia Melbourne City 2014 NTC Invitational tournament

Results and fixtures[edit]

Records[edit]

Players with most appearances[edit]

As of 3 June 2012
Players in bold are still available for selection.
# Name Caps Goals
1 Tommy Oar 33 4
1 Mark Birighitti 33 0
3 Kofi Danning 30 3
4 Matthew Jurman 26 0
5 Ben Kantarovski 25 2
5 James Holland 25 5
7 Andrew Redmayne 24 0
7 Craig Moore 24 0
7 Scott McDonald 24 16
7 Dylan McGowan 24 4

Players with most Goals Scored[edit]

As of 23 June 2013
Players in bold are still available for selection.
# Name Goals Caps
1 Mark Viduka 32 20
2 Scott McDonald 16 24
3 Kostas Salapasidis 13 14
4 Kevork Gulesserian 12 12
5 Kerem Bulut 10 14
5 David Williams 10 12
7 Nick Carle 9 16
7 Jamie Maclaren 9 16
8 Ante Milicic 8 12
8 Michael Ferrante 8 10
8 Greg Owens 8 15

Competitive record[edit]

FIFA U-20 World Cup[edit]

FIFA U-20 World Cup record
Year Result Position Pld W D L GF GA
Tunisia 1977 Did not participate
Japan 1979
Australia 1981 Quarterfinals 7th 4 1 2 1 6 6
Mexico 1983 Group stage 9th 3 1 1 1 4 4
Soviet Union 1985 Round 1 11th 3 0 2 1 2 3
Chile 1987 Round 1 12th 3 1 0 2 2 6
Saudi Arabia 1989 Did not qualify
Portugal 1991 4th Place 4th 6 5 0 1 6 3
Australia 1993 4th Place 4th 6 3 0 2 8 9
Qatar 1995 Quarterfinals 7th 4 1 1 2 6 6
Malaysia 1997 Round of 16 10th 4 2 1 1 5 4
Nigeria 1999 Group stage 18th 3 1 0 2 4 8
Argentina 2001 Round of 16 16th 4 1 1 2 3 8
United Arab Emirates 2003 Round of 16 10th 4 2 1 1 6 5
Netherlands 2005 Group stage 20th 3 0 2 1 2 5
Canada 2007 Did not qualify
Egypt 2009 Group stage 23rd 3 0 0 3 2 8
Colombia 2011 Group stage 21st 3 0 1 2 4 9
Turkey 2013 Group stage 21st 3 0 1 2 3 5
New Zealand 2015 Did not qualify
South Korea 2017 To be determined
Total 15/20 0 Titles 53 18 13 22 61 85

OFC U-20 Championship[edit]

OFC U-20 Championship record
Year Result Position Pld W D L GF GA
French Polynesia 1974 Did not participate
New Zealand 1978 Champion 1st 3 3 0 0 16 2
Fiji 1980 Runners-up 2nd 3 2 0 1 7 3
Papua New Guinea 1982 Champion 1st 4 4 0 0 15 4
Australia 1985 Champion 1st 5 5 0 0 20 4
New Zealand 1986 Champion 1st 4 3 1 0 16 1
Fiji 1988 Champion 1st 4 4 0 0 16 3
Fiji 1990 Champion 1st 4 4 0 0 22 0
French Polynesia 1992 Did not participate
Fiji 1994 Champion 1st 5 5 0 0 29 0
French Polynesia 1997 Champion 1st 4 4 0 0 25 1
Samoa 1998 Champion 1st 5 5 0 0 23 2
Cook IslandsNew Caledonia 2001 Champion 1st 7 6 0 1 50 3
FijiVanuatu 2003 Champion 1st 4 4 0 0 23 0
Solomon Islands 2005 Champion 1st 5 5 0 0 46 5
Total 13/15 12 Titles 57 54 1 2 308 28

AFC U-19 Championship[edit]

AFC U-19 Championship record
Year Result Position Pld W D L GF GA
India 2006 Quarterfinals 7th 4 2 0 2 6 4
Saudi Arabia 2008 Semifinals 3rd 5 3 1 1 6 6
China 2010 Runners-up 2nd 6 4 1 1 15 6
United Arab Emirates 2012 Semifinals 4th 5 2 2 1 6 4
Burma 2014 Group Stage 9th 3 1 2 0 3 2
Total 5/5 0 Titles 18 10 4 4 30 18

AFF U-19 Youth Championship[edit]

AFF U-19 Youth Championship record
Year Result Position Pld W D L GF GA
Malaysia 2006 Champion 1st 3 3 0 0 8 0
Vietnam 2007 Did not enter
Thailand 2008 Champion 1st 3 2 1 0 5 2
Vietnam 2009 Runner-up 2nd 5 2 2 1 11 4
Vietnam 2010 Champion 1st 3 2 1 0 6 2
Burma 2011 Did not enter
Vietnam 2012 Third place 3rd 3 1 0 2 6 6
Indonesia 2013 Withdrew
Vietnam 2014 Group stage 5th 2 0 0 2 3 5
Total 6/9 3 Titles 19 10 4 5 39 19

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