Central Coast Mariners Academy

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Central Coast Mariners Academy
Central Coast Mariners Academy Logo
Full name Central Coast Mariners Academy
Nickname(s) Mariners
Short name CCMA
Founded 2008 (as Central Coast Mariners Youth)
2012 (as Central Coast Mariners Academy)
Ground Central Coast Mariners Centre of Excellence (NYL)
Pluim Park (NPL & SAP)
Ground Capacity 2,000 (Pluim Park)
Majority Owner Mike Charlesworth
Chairman Mike Charlesworth
Academy Director Ken Schembri
League Men: NYL, NPL NSW 2
Women: NPL NSW Women's 2
Boys' Youth: NPL NSW Youth 1
Skills Acquisition Program
Website Club home page
Current season

Central Coast Mariners Academy is a semi-professional soccer club based in Gosford, New South Wales, Australia. It serves as the youth and reserve team for A-League club Central Coast Mariners, and participates in men's, women's, and youth competitions within the National Premier Leagues system as well as the National Youth League and Football NSW Skills Acquisition Program.


National Youth League[edit]

The youth side was originally founded in 2008 for the inaugural season of the National Youth League, and since then has won the league twice (in 2009–10 and 2011–12) and finished second twice (in 2010–11 and 2012–13). Notable former Mariners NYL players include Mitchell Duke and Bernie Ibini; in addition current Mariners A-League head coach Tony Walmsley was coach of the NYL side for several years.

In September 2015 Football Federation Australia announced that NYL teams would participate in their respective state National Premier Leagues competitions commencing in the 2016 season.[1]

Central Coast Mariners Academy[edit]

First Academy: 2012–2014[edit]

Central Coast Mariners Academy was formed as a joint venture between the Mariners and Central Coast Football to provide a junior development pathway to the NYL and A-League sides. Prior to 2012 the academy existed solely as a junior side; however in 2012 it was accepted to participate in the New South Wales Premier League.[2] In October 2012 the club announced that Joey Peters had been appointed as senior coach. The club finished tenth from twelve clubs in its first two seasons.

CCMA prided themselves on producing talented young players and providing a pathway for Central Coast Mariners in the Hyundai A-League. Based on appearances for CCMA 15 year old Daniel McFarlane earned trials in the UK with Swansea City and Birmingham City. Patrick Zwaanswijk signed up McFarlane up for the CCMA in the National Youth League. Local players Steve Whyte, Josh Forbes, Bradley Wilson and Nathan Verity also made sufficient impressions in the NSWPL season to earn them a contract in the NYL squad.

Following disputes between the Mariners and Central Coast Football over technical and financial aspects of the program the Football NSW licence to run the representative side on the Central Coast was handed back to Central Coast Football in August 2014 and the Academy program was closed.[3]

Second Academy: 2015–[edit]

A "Competitions Review" (PDF).  conducted by Football NSW in 2015 recommended that academy sides from Sydney FC and Western Sydney Wanderers be included in the National Premier Leagues NSW competitions, with the inclusion of a Central Coast side to be determined between the Mariners and Central Coast Football. The Mariners subsequently applied for entry to the NPL and SAP in August 2015[4] and were accepted from the 2016 season onwards,[5] replacing Central Coast FC.

Colours and badge[edit]

The team's colours are yellow and blue (identical to Central Coast Mariners), and it also shares the Mariners' badge of a football inside a curling wave.


National Youth League games are played at the Central Coast Mariners Centre of Excellence at Tuggerah, while NPL and SAP games will be played at Pluim Park, Lisarow.


National Youth League[edit]

As of 27 October 2016.[6]
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 Adam Pearce
Australia DF Reece Papadimitrios
Australia DF Zac Sfiligoi
Australia MF Cooper Buswell
Australia MF Shelford Dais
Australia MF Ryan Peterson
Australia MF Yerasimakis Petratos
Australia MF Lachlan Wales
Australia MF Steve Whyte
Australia FW Brenton Fox
No. Position Player
Australia Jordon Bennett
Australia James Enticknap
Australia Peter Kekeris
Australia Matthew Lee
Australia Tom Lyons
Australia Sean Pratt
Australia Mortaza Safdari
Australia Gianni Stensness
Australia Duncan Stewart

National Premier Leagues NSW 2[edit]

As of 1 March 2016.[7] 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 Tom Heward-Belle
Australia GK Adam Pearce
Australia DF Jake Adelson
Australia DF Josh Forbes
Australia DF Brian Jamba
Australia DF Reece Papadimitrios
Australia DF Liam O'Dell (Captain)
Australia DF Connor Wilkinson
No. Position Player
Australia MF Adam Berry
Australia MF Nathan Verity
Australia MF Lachlan Wales
Australia MF Steve Whyte
Australia FW Trent Buhagiar
Australia FW Ryan Peterson
Australia Christopher Hurley
Australia Daniel Tuddenham


National Premier Leagues NSW[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "FFA announces revamped 2015/16 Foxtel NYL competition". Football Federation Australia. 30 September 2015. Retrieved 1 October 2015. 
  2. ^ "Mariners lay foundations for football's future". footballaustralia.com.au. Retrieved 20 November 2012. 
  3. ^ Bossi, Dominic (23 August 2014). "Central Coast Mariners face lockout over outstanding debts and ground fees". Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 16 December 2014. 
  4. ^ "Mariners apply for NPL Licence". Central Coast Mariners. 24 August 2015. Retrieved 26 September 2015. 
  5. ^ "Mariners granted SAP – NPL Licence". ALeague CCM. 1 October 2015. Retrieved 1 October 2015. 
  6. ^ "Mariners Foxtel National Youth League squad & draw". Central Coast Mariners. 27 October 2016. 
  7. ^ "Confirmed: Mariners Academy squad". 1 March 2016. Retrieved 3 April 2016. 

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