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]

2010 AFC U-19 Championship[edit]

Australia will complete in the 2010 AFC Under 19 Championship Finals to be held in Zibo, China.[7]

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

The AFC U-19 Championship Finals draw will take place in Zibo City in April or May 2010.

Players[edit]

Current squad[edit]

The following 23 players have been called up for the 2014 AFC U-19 Championship in Myanmar.[8] Caps and goals correct as of 7 September 2014.

0#0 Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
1 1GK Anthony Bouzanis (1995-11-01) 1 November 1995 (age 18) 1 0 Australia Sydney FC
1GK Paul Izzo (1995-01-06) 6 January 1995 (age 19) 12 0 Australia Adelaide United
18 1GK Jordan Thurtell (1996-07-08) 8 July 1996 (age 18) 3 0 Australia Perth Glory
17 2DF Daniel Alessi (1997-08-26) 26 August 1997 (age 17) 5 0 Australia Western Sydney Wanderers
4 2DF Shayne D'Cunha (1996-04-01) 1 April 1996 (age 18) 3 0 Australia Blacktown City
5 2DF Scott Galloway (1995-04-10) 10 April 1995 (age 19) 12 1 Australia Melbourne Victory
2DF Dylan Murnane (1995-01-18) 18 January 1995 (age 19) 0 0 Australia Melbourne Victory
22 2DF Ben Warland (1997-01-01) 1 January 1997 (age 17) 3 0 Australia Adelaide United
2DF Riley Woodcock (1995-01-01) 1 January 1995 (age 19) 3 0 Australia Perth Glory
2DF Mark Ochieng (1996-12-09) 9 December 1996 (age 17) 0 0 Australia Adelaide United
2DF Cameron Burgess (1995-10-21) 21 October 1995 (age 18) 0 0 England Fulham
19 3MF Shannon Brady (1995-06-21) 21 June 1995 (age 19) 3 0 Australia Brisbane Roar
16 3MF Jordan Brown (1996-08-14) 14 August 1996 (age 18) 3 0 Australia Melbourne Victory
14 3MF Daniel De Silva (1997-03-06) 6 March 1997 (age 17) 12 2 Australia Perth Glory
3MF Hagi Gligor (1995-04-08) 8 April 1995 (age 19) 7 0 Australia Sydney FC
3MF Chris Ikonomidis (1995-05-04) 4 May 1995 (age 19) 3 2 Italy Lazio
10 3MF Stefan Mauk (1995-11-12) 12 November 1995 (age 18) 8 1 Australia Melbourne City
8 3MF Chris Naumoff (1995-06-29) 29 June 1995 (age 19) 6 0 Australia Sydney FC
7 4FW Brandon Borrello (1995-06-25) 25 June 1995 (age 19) 5 0 Australia Brisbane Roar
20 4FW Awer Mabil (1995-09-15) 15 September 1995 (age 19) 5 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 19) 4 6 England Stoke City
9 4FW Jaushua Sotirio (1995-10-11) 11 October 1995 (age 18) 4 0 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
GK Danijel Nizic (1995-03-15) 15 March 1995 (age 19) 2 0 England Burnley 2014 AFC U-19 Championship qualification
DF Nicholas Cowburn 1 0 Australia Newcastle Jets 2014 AFC U-19 Championship qualification
DF Rafa Jimenez (1996-04-09) 9 April 1996 (age 18) 2 0 Spain Villarreal 2014 AFC U-19 Championship qualification
DF Nicholas Olsen (1995-09-26) 26 September 1995 (age 19) 2 1 Australia Western Sydney Wanderers 2014 AFC U-19 Championship qualification
DF Jake Adelson (1996-01-11) 11 January 1996 (age 18) 2 0 England Everton 2014 AFC U-19 Championship qualification
DF Callum Elder (1995-01-27) 27 January 1995 (age 19) 1 0 England Leicester City 2014 AFC U-19 Championship qualification
DF Jordan Lyden (1997-01-01) 1 January 1997 (age 17) 2 0 England Aston Villa 2014 AFC U-19 Championship qualification
DF Jaiden Walker 0 0 Australia Brisbane Roar 2014 AFF U-19 Youth Championship
DF Harry Ascroft (1995-07-01) 1 July 1995 (age 19) 1 1 Netherlands VVV-Venlo 2014 AFF U-19 Youth Championship
MF Devante Clut (1995-10-16) 16 October 1995 (age 18) 3 1 Australia Brisbane Roar 2014 NTC Invitational tournament
MF Christopher Cristaldo (1995-01-15) 15 January 1995 (age 19) 2 2 Australia Melbourne Victory 2014 AFC U-19 Championship qualification
MF Mitchell Oxborrow (1995-01-18) 18 January 1995 (age 19) 3 1 Australia Newcastle Jets 2014 AFC U-19 Championship qualification
MF Anthony Kalik (1997-11-01) 1 November 1997 (age 16) 1 0 Australia Central Coast Mariners 2014 AFC U-19 Championship qualification
MF Ben Garuccio (1995-06-15) 15 June 1995 (age 19) 11 0 Australia Melbourne City 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
FW George Blackwood age 17 1 0 Australia APIA Leichhardt Tigers 2014 AFF U-19 Youth Championship

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 To be determined
South Korea 2017
Total 15/19 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 Qualified
Total 4/4 0 Titles 15 9 2 4 27 16

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

References[edit]

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