Melbourne Victory FC Youth

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Melbourne Victory Youth and Under-23s
Full nameMelbourne Victory Football Club (Youth and Under-23s)
Nickname(s)Victory, Victory NYL
Short nameMVC
GroundEpping Stadium
ChairmanAnthony Di Pietro
ManagerGareth Naven
LeagueNPL Victoria 3
WebsiteClub website
Active teams of Melbourne Victory
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Melbourne Victory U23 is the youth system of Melbourne Victory Football Club. The youth teams play in the Y-League and National Premier Leagues (U20, U18, U15). Gareth Naven is the current youth manager.

Melbourne Victory Youth is the highest level squad within the setup. They play the majority of their home games at Epping Stadium. Senior players occasionally play in the youth side, as in the case when they're recovering from injury. Jamie Monteith currently manages the NPL team.

The team is currently captained by centre back, Benjamin Carrigan.

Youth team history[edit]

On 7 November 2014, it was confirmed that the team would compete in the National Premier Leagues Victoria 1 competition for 2015 season onwards.[1] Victory managed promotion at their first attempt, placing second in the NPL1 East division, going on to beat Moreland Zebras FC in the qualification playoff and then North Geelong Warriors FC in the promotion playoff. For the club's first season in the top tier of football in Victorian state football, Matt Hennessey and Ryan Lambert were signed from Hume City FC and Richmond SC respectively.[2]

Youth current squad[edit]

As of 28 April 2019

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 Matthew Sutton
3 Australia DF Aaron Anderson
4 Australia DF Benjamin Carrigan
5 Japan DF So Nishikawa
6 Australia DF Jack Marth
7 Australia FW Thiel Iradukunda
8 Australia MF Birkan Kirdar
10 Australia FW Yazid Said
11 Australia MF Brandon Lauton
No. Position Player
12 Australia DF Daniel Aye
13 Australia DF Matthew Bozinovski
15 Australia DF Aydin Mustedanagic
16 Australia MF Jack Morton
17 Australia MF Josh Hope
18 Australia MF Stefan Ristic
19 Australia FW Jack Palazzolo
20 Australia FW Liston Diaz
22 Australia GK Branko Skocic

Under-23s team history[edit]

The team was founded in 2008, as a Melbourne Victory representative team for the inaugural season of the National Youth League competition, along with six other youth squads, and finished a disappointing sixth. The development side has had three managers, Mehmet Durakovic, who was promoted to manager of the senior squad in 2011, and current managers Darren Davies and John Aloisi. Davies led the youth side to its first silverware victory in winning the premiership plate, finishing first on the National Youth League ladder in the 2012-13 season. It would be current club chairman Anthony Di Pietro's first silverware victory as well.

Under-23s current squad[edit]

Young Pros[edit]

As of 5 June 2019[3]

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 Matthew Sutton
2 Australia DF Daniel Aye
3 Australia DF Luke Goulding
4 Australia DF Benjamin Carrigan
5 Japan DF So Nishikawa
6 Australia MF Jack Morton
8 Australia DF Birkan Kirdar
9 Australia FW Jack Palazzolo
No. Position Player
10 Australia MF Brandon Lauton
11 Australia FW Liston Diaz
14 Australia MF Thiel Iradukunda
15 Australia DF Matthew Bozinovski
17 Australia FW Yazid Said
18 Australia DF Aaron Anderson
19 Burundi MF Elvis Kamsoba
20 Australia GK Lucas Runje

Second Years[edit]

As of 13 April 2019

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

No. Position Player
7 Australia Nishan Velupillay
12 Australia Eligian Kifle
No. Position Player
13 Australia Steven Havales
16 Australia Jacob Maniti
22 Australia GK Marko Bulic

Current staff[edit]

Position Staff
Team Manager Australia Ryan Timmins
Coach Australia Gareth Naven
Assistant Coach New Zealand Vaughan Coveny
Goalkeeping Coach Australia Dean Anastasiadis
Physiotherapist Australia Michael Giakoumis

Source: "Y-League: Players & Staff". Melbourne Victory FC. 10 November 2014.


  • La Ionica Community Cup
Winners (1): 2015

National Premier Leagues Victoria Premiership

    • Runners-up (1): 2015

National Premier Leagues Victoria U-18 Premiership


The team play their home matches at Epping Stadium in Melbourne's northern suburb of Epping. The stadium has a total capacity of 10,000, with a single grandstand of approximately 1,000 seats. Past venues used as a home ground by the club have been South Melbourne FC home ground Lakeside Stadium in Albert Park, Bentleigh Greens' Kingston Heath in Cheltenham and Northcote City's John Cain Memorial Reserve in Thornbury; however, with the side now competing the top division of Victorian football, along with all three of these sides, ground-sharing with any of the sides was not a preferred option, with Epping Stadium providing the club with the facilities required. The team has also played competitive matches at Victory's senior team home venues, AAMI Park and Etihad Stadium.

Former players[edit]

This is a list of former Melbourne Victory Youth players, who have played at least 20 A-League competitive matches for the first team.

As of 8 August 2018
Name Nationality Position Melbourne career Appearances Goals
Nick Ansell  Australia Defender 2011–17, 2018– 71 1
Thomas Deng  Australia Defender 2015– 34 1
Mate Dugandzic  Australia Forward 2009–11 36 7
Diogo Ferreira  Australia Midfielder 2010–13 52 2
Matthew Foschini  Australia Defender 2009–13 53 0
Petar Franjic  Australia Defender 2010–13 31 0
Scott Galloway  Australia Defender 2013–16 54 1
Jason Geria  Australia Defender 2012–18 107 0
James Jeggo  Australia Midfielder 2011–14 30 2
Mitchell Langerak  Australia Goalkeeper 2007–10 21 0
Dylan Murnane  Australia Defender 2013–16 24 0
Andrew Nabbout  Australia Forward 2012–15 37 5
Sebastian Ryall  Australia Defender 2007–09 24 0
Connor Pain  Australia Forward 2013–16 53 3
Stefan Nigro  Australia Midfielder 2015– 23 0
  • Bold denotes players still playing in Melbourne Victory
  • Appearances only consist of competitive domestic league appearances

Managerial history[edit]

Dates Name Notes Honours
2008 – 12 March 2011 AustraliaMontenegro Mehmet Durakovic Inaugural manager
First dual-nationality manager
First manager to be directly promoted to manager of the senior squad
20 March 2011 – 30 May 2016 Wales Darren Davies[4] First official foreign manager
First manager to earn honours
2012–13 NYL Premiership[5]
30 May 2016 – AustraliaEngland Gareth Naven[6]

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