FFA Centre of Excellence

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FFA Centre of Excellence
Full name FFA Centre of Excellence
Founded 1981
Ground Australian Institute of Sport
Head Coach Tony Vidmar
League National Youth League/National Premier Leagues

The FFA Centre of Excellence (formally the Australian Institute of Sport Football Program)is an association football talent identification and player development program run by the Australian Institute of Sport, in Canberra. The Centre of Excellence runs this program for both men and women: the men's program was one of the eight founding sports of the AIS in 1981, with the women's program being added in 1998.

History[edit]

The AIS football program is funded by the Australian Federal Government, through the Australian Sports Commission. In 2005-2006 this funding amounted to A$1,115,000.[1] Currently, 20 students per year are selected for an initial period of 12 months training and study, with the additional option of a second year. The men's program is residential, while the women's is training camp-based. Students are generally 15–17 years old when selected and the only compulsory requirement is that they have current, or pending, Australian citizenship.

The original stated aim of the men's program was

"To identify and develop players for the national under-20 youth team and to develop coaches through the Scholarship Coaching scheme".

National representation[edit]

Following the decision of several football graduates to represent other countries at a senior national level (e.g. Josip Simunic), the AIS implemented contracts whereby the cost of the scholarship will have to be repaid by any graduate that goes on to play football at a senior level representing a country other than Australia, in international competition.[2]

National Soccer League[edit]

The AIS fielded teams in the former National Soccer League's youth competition. Within that competition it was placed in the Northern Division. The AIS won three titles, in 1986, 1998 and 1999.

Victorian Premier League[edit]

The men's program had previously entered a team in the New South Wales Premier League competition in 2005. In 2007 the AIS entered a team into the Victorian Premier League. This would allow regular, weekly competitive matches that were lacking for previous scholarship holders.[3] As part of their inclusion as the only non-Victorian team in the VPL competition, all 'home' fixtures were played in Victoria for the 2007 season. The side struggled for consistency throughout the season, finishing 12th on the ladder, however great benefit was reportedly gained from the participation in a men's competition. In 2008 the men's program team continued to participate in the Victorian Premier League, improving from the previous year as the AIS finished 8th on the ladder. AIS home games were also played in Canberra, while some high profile matches which includes the Round 21 match between the AIS and the Preston Lions FC was played in Country Victoria at Rumbalara Oval, Shepparton. This was designed to promote the competition and bring the top state league competition to new areas.

However the men's program team will cease to compete in the Victorian Premier League competition for 2009, as the AIS program will be designed to accommodate younger players, hence eliminating the need to compete in a senior men's competition.[4]

National Youth League[edit]

On 3 July 2009 it was announced the AIS would compete in the National Youth League.[5]

Current squad (2014)[edit]

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
Australia Daniel Arzani
Australia Jackson Bandiera
Australia Joe Caletti
Australia Nicholas D'Agostino
Australia Henry Davies
Australia James Delianov
Australia Charlie Devereux
Australia Jamie Dimitroff
Australia Duro Dragicevic
Australia Perry Fotakopoulos
Australia Cameron Joice
Australia Peter Kekeris
Australia Danny Kim
No. Position Player
Australia Daniel Maskin
Australia Solomon Monohan-Vaiika
Australia Brandon Osipov
Australia Nicholas Panetta
Australia Kosta Petratos
Australia Jamal Reiners
Australia Kye Rowles
Australia Zac Speth
Australia Malcolm Ward
Australia Zak Waters
Australia Christian Verbi

Past squads[edit]

Players noted in Bold went on to play for the Socceroos.

2013 scholarship holders[edit]

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
Australia FW Bai Antoniou
Australia Bright Appiah
Australia Alexander Gersbach
Australia Brendan Gonano
Australia Jack Iredale
Australia GK Andre Jannese
Australia MF Anthony Kalik
Australia FW Steve Kuzmanovski
Australia Darcy Madden
Australia Marc Marino
Australia Todd Norris
Australia Matthew Ntoumenopoulos
No. Position Player
Australia MF Mark Ochieng
Australia Rocco Pizzata
Australia Jordan Pudler
Australia Liam Rose
Australia Matthew Schmidt
Australia Dylan Smith
Australia GK Lucas Spinella
Australia GK Jordan Thurtell
Australia George Timotheou
Australia Benjamin Warland
Australia Liam Youlley

2012 scholarship holders[edit]

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
Australia Bright Appiah
Australia Joshua Barresi
Australia MF Jordan Brown
Australia DF Scott Galloway
Australia Alexander Gersbach
Australia DF Brendan Gonano
Australia Jack Iredale
Australia Andre Jannese
Australia FW Steve Kuzmanovski
Australia Darcy Madden
No. Position Player
Australia Todd Norris
Australia Matthew Ntoumenopoulos
Australia Dylan Pickert
Australia Liam Rose
Australia Matthew Schmidt
Australia Lucas Spinella
Australia GK Jordan Thurtell
Australia Jeremy Tshongo
Australia Benjamin Warland

2011 scholarship holders[edit]

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
Australia GK Paul Izzo
Australia GK Jordan Thurtell
Australia GK Luke Kairies
Australia DF Jake Monaco
Australia DF Connor Chapman
Australia MF Kwabena Boahene
Australia DF Corey Brown
Australia DF Riley Woodcock
Australia DF Mitchell Oxborrow
Australia DF Benjamin Warland
Australia MF Jacob Melling
Australia MF Yianni Perkatis
No. Position Player
Serbia MF Miloš Degenek
Australia MF Stefan Mauk
Australia MF Hernan Espindola
Australia MF Ben Garuccio
Australia FW Anthony Proia
Australia FW Teeboy Kamara
Australia DF Matthew Davies
Australia DF Jack Green
Australia FW Michael Taurasi
Australia FW Daniel Barac
Australia James Field
Australia MF Jakob Williams

2010 scholarship holders[edit]

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
1 Australia GK Aaron Lennox
2 Australia MF Jake Monaco
4 Australia DF Curtis Good
6 Australia MF Ryan Edwards
7 Australia FW Jesse Makarounas
8 Australia DF Jason Geria
9 Australia MF Aaron Peterson
10 Australia MF Jake Barker-Daish
11 Australia DF Kwabena Boahene
12 Australia MF Melvin Becket
13 Australia FW Adam Taggart
15 Australia DF Corey Brown
16 Serbia MF Miloš Degenek
No. Position Player
18 Australia MF Yianni Perkatis
19 Australia FW Hernan Espindola
20 Australia GK Lachlan Tibbles
21 Australia DF Connor Chapman
23 Australia FW Brodie Paterson
25 Australia FW Anthony Proia
26 Australia DF Kevin Davison
30 Australia GK Paul Izzo
Australia MF Patrick Dixon
Australia DF Scott Mellish
Australia DF Alex Cerruto
Australia MF Giancarlo Gallifuoco
Australia MF Joshua Da Silva

2009 scholarship holders[edit]

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
1 Australia GK Lawrence Thomas
2 Australia DF Trent Sainsbury
3 Australia DF David Talevski
4 Australia DF Marc Warren
5 Australia DF Sam Gallaway
6 Australia MF Patrick Dixon
7 Australia MF Terry Antonis
8 Australia FW Eli Babalj
9 Australia FW Stephen Domenici
10 Australia MF Nikola Stanojevic
11 Australia MF Chris Bush
12 Australia MF Jared Lum
13 Australia FW Kamal Ibrahim
14 Australia FW Dado Lokvancic
15 Australia DF Brendan Hamill
No. Position Player
16 Australia MF John Martinoski
17 Australia DF Kevin Davison
18 Australia DF Ersin Kaya
19 Australia DF Curtis Good
20 Australia GK Aaron Lennox
21 Australia MF Mustafa Amini
22 Australia MF Jake Barker-Daish
23 Australia DF Jason Geria
24 Australia DF Scott Mellish
25 Australia DF Daniel Petkovski
26 Australia MF Aaron Peterson
Australia GK Robert Kolak
Australia DF Alex Meibusch
Australia FW Kerem Bulut

2008 scholarship holders[edit]

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
1 Australia GK Andrew Redmayne
2 Australia DF Travis Anderson
3 Australia DF Luke De Vere
4 Australia DF Steven Tibbetts
5 Australia DF Peter Cvetanovski
6 Australia MF Richard Greer
7 Australia MF Daniel Taylor
8 Australia MF Howard Fondyke
9 Australia FW Jason Hoffman *
11 Australia FW Jason Naidovski
12 Australia MF Alex Tabor
13 Australia MF Laurence Braude
14 Australia MF Matthew Theodore
15 Australia MF Sam Munro
16 Australia MF Rhyan Grant *
No. Position Player
17 Australia FW Ivan Pavlak
18 Australia GK Mark Birighitti
20 Australia MF Dane Milovanovic
21 Australia DF Alex Sunasky
22 Australia DF Daniel Mullen
23 Australia FW Kofi Danning
24 Australia MF Bonel Obradovic
25 Australia DF Ante Cicak
26 Australia FW Ramone Close
Australia FW Michael Debono *
Australia GK Sebastian Mattei *
Australia DF Daniel Bowles *
Australia DF Sam Gallaway *
Australia MF Matthew Mullen *
* Invitational player

2007 scholarship holders[edit]

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
1 Australia GK Andrew Redmayne
2 Australia DF Sebastian Ryall
3 Australia DF Ante Cicak
4 Australia DF Luke DeVere
5 Australia DF Daniel Mullen
6 Australia MF James Holland
7 Australia MF Matthew Harper
8 Australia FW Milos Lujic
9 Australia MF James Brown
10 Australia FW Jason Naidovski
11 Australia MF Matthew Mullen
12 Australia MF Matthew Theodore
13 Australia MF Laurence Braude
No. Position Player
14 Australia MF Dane Milovanovic
15 Australia FW Marko Jesic
16 Australia MF Bonel Obradovic
17 Australia MF Isaka Cernak
18 Australia GK Jerrad Tyson [6]
19 Australia MF Richard Greer
20 Australia DF Alex Sunasky
21 Australia MF Stefan Vrbešić
22 Australia DF Peter Cvetanovski
23 Australia FW Dominic Giampaolo
24 Australia FW Tahj Minniecon
25 Australia DF Matthew Jurman
26 Greece MF Apostolos Giannou

2006 scholarship holders[edit]

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
Australia GK Tando Velaphi
Australia GK Michael McEntagart
Australia GK Mitchell Langerak
Republic of Macedonia GK Aleks Vrteski
Australia GK Peter Gavalas
East Timor DF Chris Nunes
Australia DF Foad Comandari
Australia DF Greg King
Australia DF Steven O'Dor
Australia DF Joel Peach
Australia DF Matthew Špiranović
Australia DF Peter Eleftherakis
No. Position Player
Australia DF Michael Marrone
Australia MF Shaun Ontong
Australia MF Jimmy Downey
Australia MF Chris Grossman
Australia MF Troy Hearfield
Australia MF Dario Vidošić
Australia MF Evan Berger
Australia MF Nathan Burns
Australia FW Joel Allwright
Australia FW Robbie Kruse
Australia FW Bruce Djite
Australia FW Nikita Rukavytsya

2005 scholarship holders[edit]

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
Australia GK Tando Velaphi
Australia GK Michael McEntagart
Australia GK Peter Gavalas
East Timor DF Chris Nunes
Australia DF Noel Bahnsen
Australia DF Joel Peach
Australia DF Peter Eleftherakis
Australia DF Michael Marrone
Australia MF Shaun Ontong
No. Position Player
Australia MF Jimmy Downey
Australia MF Chris Grossman
Australia MF Cameron Watson
Australia MF Brad Porter
Australia MF Kaz Patafta
Australia MF Troy Hearfield
Australia MF Evan Berger
Australia FW Nikita Rukavytsya
Australia FW David Williams

Notable alumni[edit]

List of players with 10 caps or more for their country. Names in bold for players who represented their Country at a FIFA World Cup.

Name Club Position Years Current status Country International caps
Farina, FrankFrank Farina FW 1982–83 Coaching Australia 67
Spink, WarrenWarren Spink FW 1983–84 Retired Australia 38
Hooker, RobbieRobbie Hooker DF 1984-85 Coaching Australia 22
Polak, JasonJason Polak MF 1985-87 Retired Australia 28
Trimboli, PaulPaul Trimboli FW 1986 Media Australia 46
van Blerk, JasonJason van Blerk MF 1986 Coaching Australia 33
Foster, CraigCraig Foster MF 1986-87 Media Australia 29
Horvat, SteveSteve Horvat DF 1987-88 Retired Australia 32
Zelić, NedNed Zelić DF 1988 Media Australia 34
Murphy, ShaunShaun Murphy DF 1988 Retired Australia 27
Sorras, GeorgeGeorge Sorras FW 1989-90 Retired Australia 27
Edwards, AlistairAlistair Edwards FW 1988 Coaching Australia 22
Corica, SteveSteve Corica Australia Sydney FC MF 1989–90 Coaching Australia 32
Muscat, KevinKevin Muscat Australia Melbourne Victory DF 1990–91 Coaching Australia 51
Moore, CraigCraig Moore DF 1992–93 Media Australia 52
Foxe, HaydenHayden Foxe Australia Melbourne Heart DF 1993–94 Coaching Australia 11
Skoko, JosipJosip Skoko MF 1992–93 Coaching Australia 51
Aloisi, JohnJohn Aloisi FW 1992–93 Coaching Australia 55
Viduka, MarkMark Viduka FW 1992–93 Retired Australia 43
Neill, LucasLucas Neill England Doncaster DF 1994–95 Playing Australia 96
Šimunić, JosipJosip Šimunić Croatia Dinamo Zagreb DF 1995–96 Playing Croatia 105
Emerton, BrettBrett Emerton MF 1996 Retired Australia 94
Grella, VinceVince Grella MF 1996 Retired Australia 46
Colosimo, SimonSimon Colosimo India Dempo DF 1996–97 Playing Australia 26
Šerić, AnthonyAnthony Šerić MF 1996–97 Retired Croatia 16
Sterjovski, MileMile Sterjovski MF 1996–98 Retired Australia 43
Bresciano, MarkMark Bresciano Qatar Al-Gharafa MF 1997 Playing Australia 73
Ergić, IvanIvan Ergić Retired MF 1997–98 Playing Serbia 11
Wilkshire, LukeLuke Wilkshire Free Agent MF 1997–98 Playing Australia 79
Kennedy, JoshuaJoshua Kennedy Japan Nagoya Grampus FW 1998–99 Playing Australia 33
North, JadeJade North Australia Brisbane Roar DF 1999 Playing Australia 41
Brosque, AlexAlex Brosque Australia Sydney FC FW 2001 Playing Australia 21
McKay, MattMatt McKay Australia Brisbane Roar MF 2001 Playing Australia 45
Valeri, CarlCarl Valeri Australia Melbourne Victory MF 2001–02 Playing Australia 50
Milligan, MarkMark Milligan Australia Melbourne Victory DF 2002 Playing Australia 27
Kruse, RobbieRobbie Kruse Germany Bayer Leverkusen FW 2005–06 Playing Australia 28
Rukavytsya, NikitaNikita Rukavytsya Germany FSV Frankfurt FW 2005–06 Playing Australia 13
Vidošić, DarioDario Vidošić Switzerland FC Sion MF 2006 Playing Australia 21
Špiranović, MatthewMatthew Špiranović Australia Western Sydney Wanderers DF 2006 Playing Australia 17
Holland, JamesJames Holland Austria Austria Wien MF 2006–07 Playing Australia 12

References[edit]

  1. ^ Net loss: let games begin, SMH, 1 July 2006
  2. ^ Croatia warned away from 'kindie', Daily Telegraph, 13 January 2006
  3. ^ AIS get VPL spot, The World Game, 21 November 2006
  4. ^ "Withdrawal of the AIS". Retrieved 2009-03-08. 
  5. ^ AIS Join The National Youth League
  6. ^ yson in U20 World Cup squad

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