|Full name||Alistair Edwards|
|Date of birth||21 June 1968|
|Place of birth||Whyalla, South Australia, Australia|
|Height||1.87 m (6 ft 2 in)|
|Kwinana United Soccer Club|
|1989–1990||→ Brighton & Hove Albion (loan)||1||(0)|
|2004||Australia Women's U-20 (Asst.)|
|2005–2006||Australia Women's U-20|
|2009–2011||Australia U-20 (Asst.)|
|2013||Perth Glory (Interim)|
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 21 March 2013.
Alistair Edwards (born 21 June 1968) is a former football (soccer) player and coach. A prominent forward, he made a name for himself with National Soccer League clubs Sydney Olympic and Perth Glory. He was also a favourite with Malaysian League teams Sarawak FA, Selangor FA, Singapore FA and Johor FA in the 1990s.
Born in Whyalla, South Australia to Scottish parents, Edwards' family moved to Kwinana when he was a child, where he joined the local junior team before representing Western Australia in a team that won the 1986 Australian under-18 title. He made a couple of appearances for the state senior side at the age of 17, before attending the Australian Institute of Sport in Canberra. He then had a spell with Rangers in Scotland, before joining Sydney Olympic and scoring the winning goal in the 1989 NSL grand final. After two successful spells in Asia and short stints with English clubs Brighton & Hove Albion and Millwall, he briefly rejoined Sydney Olympic before linking up with Perth Glory for whom he played 93 times and scored 24 goals. In all, he made 173 appearances in the NSL.
He was a Socceroo between 1991–1997, scoring 3 goals in 19 A-internationals, and also represented Australia at the FIFA U/20 World Championship that was held in Chile, South America in 1987.
|1||29 January 1992||Hindmarsh Stadium, Adelaide, Australia||Sweden||1–0||1–0||Friendly|
|2||14 August 1992||Gelora Bung Karno Stadium, Jakarta, Indonesia||Indonesia||0–3||0–3||Indonesian Independence Cup|
|3||22 January 1997||Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane, Australia||South Korea||2–0||2–1||Friendly|
In 2004, he was assistant coach at the FIFA U/19 Women's World Championship in Thailand and then became head coach of the Australian team at the AFC U/19 Women's Championships in Malaysia where they become the first Australia team to qualify for a FIFA World Championship since joining the AFC. The FIFA U/20 Women's World Championship were held in Russia. From 2006 to 2009, Edwards became the FFA Development and High Performance Consultant where his main tasks included conducting research in Japan, the Netherlands, France and England on Talent Development and Identification as part of the FFA Development Review and to assist in the development of the FFA National Curriculum. Edwards, along with Paul Okon and Alex Tobin was awarded one of the inaugural FFA Elite Coach Development Scholarships in 2008.
As part of his scholarship he spent one month in the Netherlands on attachment with Louis Van Gaal at AZ Alkmaar and Han Westrhoff at Vitesse Arnhem. Upon his return he took the Matildas to the 2008 ASEAN Women's Championship in Vietnam where they won the tournament. Edwards is also an AFC/FFA Advanced Licence Coach Instructor and conducts Advanced Pathway coaching courses for the FFA. In 2008, Edwards was invited to Cambodia to conduct an Elite Coach Development Course on behalf of the Australian Sports Commission. In August 2009, Edwards was appointed to the position of FFA Assistant Technical Director working alongside Dutchman Han Berger. His duel role at the FFA included the assistant coach role to the Young Socceroos where he worked alongside Jan Verslijen, the head coach of the AIS, U/17 and U/20 national teams.
In February 2013, Edwards was named the interim manager of Perth Glory after previous manager Ian Ferguson was sacked. Edwards managed his former club for the rest of the 2012–13 A-League season taking them from last position on the table to qualify for the A-League finals. Edwards was appointed head coach of Perth on a three year deal. On 17 December 2013, Edwards was sacked after a falling out with several players and Perth Glory owner Tony Sage. Senior players, including Jacob Burns, were reportedly upset over being left on the bench due to Edwards' insistence on implementing the club's Western Australia focused youth policy including usage of his two sons, Cameron and Ryan Edwards, at the expense of other players.
Whilst playing for Perth Glory, Edwards graduated with an MBA from Edith Cowan University and also entered Local Government Politics when he was elected onto the Cockburn City Council from 2002 to 2006.
Since retiring as a player, Edwards has undertaken a number of roles in sport development. He worked as a Sport Consultant at the Western Australian State Government Department of Sport and Recreation from 2002 to 2005 and has since become heavily involved in the development of football in Australia. He commentated A-League games covered by Perth radio station 90.5fm.
As of June 2014, he is currently working as a football pundit in Singapore for the FIFA World Cup 2014 with SingTel Mio TV
With Sydney Olympic:
- NSL Championship: 1989–1990
With Johor FA:
With Sarawak FA:
- As of 19 November 2013.
|Perth Glory (caretaker)||11 February 2013||21 March 2013||8||4||1||3||50.00|
|Perth Glory||21 March 2013||17 December 2013||11||3||4||4||27.27|
- "Back to the future at Perth Glory". FourFourTwo Australia. Retrieved 12 February 2013.
- "Perth Glory sack coach Alistair Edwards". ABC News. 17 December 2013. Retrieved 17 December 2013.
- Oz Football profile
- Goal for Sydney Olympic in 1989/1990 NSL Grand Final on YouTube
- footballwa.net profile