Sebastian Ryall

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Sebastian Ryall
Sebastian Ryall-Olyroos.jpg
Ryall playing for the Olyroos in 2011
Personal information
Full name Sebastian John Henry Ryall
Date of birth (1989-07-18) 18 July 1989 (age 25)
Place of birth Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Height 1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)
Playing position Centre Back / Right Back
Club information
Current team
Sydney FC
Number 2
Youth career
Northern Spirit
2005–2006 NSWIS
2006–2007 AIS
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2007–2009 Melbourne Victory 24 (0)
2009– Sydney FC 110 (9)
National team
2006–2009 Australia U-20 18 (3)
2007–2012 Australia U-23 10 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 2 November 2014.
† Appearances (Goals).

Sebastian Ryall (born 18 July 1989) is an Australian football (soccer) player who plays as a defender for Sydney FC.

Club career[edit]

Melbourne Victory[edit]

Ryall played junior football for West Pymble Soccer Club in Sydney. Ryall later played for the AIS in the Victorian Premier League before signing for Melbourne Victory on a 2-year contract in August 2007.[1]

He made his first appearance for the club in their round 3 match against Adelaide United and played in their Grand Final win over Adelaide in March 2009. In April 2009 he signed with Sydney FC for the 2009/2010 A-League campaign.[2]

Sydney FC[edit]

Ryall training with Sydney FC

He made his first start for Sydney FC after coming back from his suspension in their Round 5, 2-1 loss to Gold Coast United.

He re-signed with Sydney FC for a further 2 seasons, on 24 August 2010.[3]

Ryall scored his first goal for Sydney FC with a dramatic equaliser in the 90th minute, against his former team Melbourne Victory. Ryall's strike came less than a minute after being brought on as a substitute.

International career[edit]

Throughout 2007 and 2008 Ryall was the captain of the Australian U-20 side. Due to a suspension, Sebastian missed out on selection for the 2009 FIFA U-20 World Cup due to his criminal charges, where which he would have been assured a spot in the team. After a lengthy absence from Australia's national teams, in September 2010 he was called up to the Australian under-23 side by coach Aurelio Vidmar for a Four Nations Tournament held in Vietnam.

Criminal charge[edit]

Ryall was charged, on 15 May 2009, with engaging in a sexual act with a 13-year-old girl. The alleged incident happened in January 2008, while he was playing with Melbourne Victory.[4] He was suspended from participation in football matches in Australia, until 3 September as well as being stood down from the national youth team by Football Federation Australia Chief Executive Officer Ben Buckley for bringing the game into disrepute.[5][6][7][8][9] On Monday 25 January 2010, he was committed to stand trial on the case after his committal hearing at Sydney's Downing Centre Local Court [10] On 15 May 2010, the Director of Public Prosecutions dropped the charges against Ryall [11] After a submission by Ryall's legal team that at the time of the alleged incident, he believed the girl to be over the legal age of 16 [12] and that they were "just kissing" [13]


With Australia:

With Sydney FC:

With Melbourne Victory:


  1. ^ "Victory sign young Socceroos captain". 28 August 2007. Retrieved 2007-10-10. 
  2. ^ "Sebastian Ryall moves to Sydney FC". The Australian. 7 April 2009. Retrieved 2009-05-13. 
  3. ^ "Young gun Ryall re-signs with Sky Blues". Sydney FC. 24 August 2010. Retrieved 24 August 2010. 
  4. ^ "A-League star Sebastian Ryall 'had sex with 13-year-old'". Adelaide Now. 15 May 2009. Retrieved 2009-05-15. [dead link]
  5. ^ "Young Socceroo stood down over sex act with girl charge". 15 May 2009. Retrieved 2009-05-15. 
  6. ^ "Sydney FC recruit Sebastian Ryall stood down while he fights sex charge". The Australian. 15 May 2009. Retrieved 2009-05-15. [dead link]
  7. ^ "BREAKING NEWS: Sydney FC Player Sebastian Ryall In Child Sex Scandal". 15 May 2009. Retrieved 2009-05-15. 
  8. ^ "A-League player faces child sex charges". 15 May 2009. Retrieved 2009-05-15. 
  9. ^ "Player suspended following under-age sex charge". USA Today. 15 May 2009. Retrieved 2009-05-15. 
  10. ^ "Young Socceroo accused of sex with girl, 13". Sydney Morning Herald. 25 January 2010. Retrieved 2009-01-25. 
  11. ^ "Sex charges dropped against Ryall". ABC. 16 May 2010. Retrieved 2010-05-18. 
  12. ^ Kennedy, Les (16 May 2010). "Soccer star in the clear on under-age sex charge". The Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 2010-05-18. 
  13. ^ "Player alleges 'the girl said she was 16'". AAP. 22 October 2009. 

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