Australia national under-20 soccer team

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Australia under-20
Nickname(s) Young Socceroos
Association Football Federation Australia
Confederation AFC (Asia)
Head coach Ufuk Talay
FIFA code AUS
First colours
Second colours
First international
Australia Australia 9–0 Papua New Guinea Papua New Guinea
(New Zealand; 11 November 1978)
Biggest win
Australia Australia 16–0 Samoa Samoa
(Rarotonga, Cook Islands; 15 February 2001)
Biggest defeat

Australia Australia 0–4 Brazil Brazil
(Córdoba, Argentina; 27 June 2001)
Australia Australia 1–5 Spain Spain
(Manizales, Colombia; 6 August 2011)
Australia Australia 1–5 Vietnam Vietnam
(Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia; 7 October 2013)

Australia Australia 1–5 Thailand Thailand
(Hanoi, Vietnam; 18 September 2016)

The Australia national under-20 soccer team represents Australia in international under-20 soccer. The team is controlled by the governing body for soccer in Australia, Football Federation Australia (FFA), which is currently a member of the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) and the regional ASEAN Football Federation (AFF) since leaving the Oceania Football Confederation (OFC) in 2006. The team's official nickname is the Young Socceroos.

Australia is a twelve-time OFC champion and three-time AFF champion. The team has represented Australia at the FIFA U-20 World Cup tournaments on fifteen occasions.

History[edit]

2006 AFC U-19 Championship[edit]

In their first foray into Asia in 2006 the team lost the quarterfinals of the AFC Youth Championship, to South Korea,[1] despite being considered one of the stronger teams. This was the first time the Young Socceroos had failed to qualify for the FIFA U-20 World Cup since 1989. Subsequently on 5 February 2007 the FFA decided not to renew Ange Postecoglou's contract as head coach,[2] he was replaced by former Socceroo, and current AIS head coach of soccer, Steve O'Connor.[3]

2008 AFC U-19 Championship[edit]

On 24 June 2008 Jan Versleijen was appointed as the new U-20 coach ahead of the 2008 tournament, with the FFA eager to avoid a repeat of 2006, and qualify for the 2009 FIFA U-20 World Cup in Egypt.[4] In preparation for the tournament, Australia competed in the 2008 ASEAN Youth Championships in Thailand alongside China, Korea Republic and Thailand.[5] A competition which they ultimately won through a penalty shoot-out against Korea Republic.[6] The 2008 AFC U-19 Championship was hosted by Saudi Arabia. Australia topped Group D with wins over Thailand and Jordan and a 1–1 draw with Uzbekistan. Australia then needed an extra time winner from Mitch Nichols to overcome North Korea in the quarter final before losing 3–0 to UAE in the semi-final. However, by making it through to the semi-final was enough to qualify for the 2009 FIFA U-20 World Cup.

2009 FIFA U-20 World Cup[edit]

Australia qualified for the 2009 FIFA U-20 World Cup in Egypt after finishing in the final four of the 2008 AFC U-19 Championship. A late James Holland penalty meant Australia lost their opening game to Czech Republic 2–1 before Costa Rica defeated the 'Young Socceroos' 3–0. In the final group game against Brazil, Aaron Mooy gave Australia an early lead however the final result saw Brazil win 3–1 and the Australians eliminated without a point.

2010 AFC U-19 Championship[edit]

To qualify for the tournament, Australia travelled to Bandung, Indonesia in November 2009 for the qualification group and proceeded after finishing second in a group of six nations. Wins over Hong Kong, Chinese Taipei and Singapore proceeded a 0–0 draw with the hosts, Indonesia and a loss to Japan.

Australia competed in the 2010 AFC Under 19 Championship Finals held in Zibo, China.[7]

The tournament was held from 3 to 17 October 2010 in Shandong province. The matches were played at the Zibo Sports Complex Stadium and Linzi Stadium.

Wins over Yemen and Iran followed by a 0–0 draw with South Korea meant Australia topped the group on goal difference. In the quarter final against United Arab Emirates, Australia twice lead before UAE equalised and took the game to extra time. Two extra time goals for Australia set up a semi-final with Saudi Arabia which Australia won 2–0 thanks to a Kerem Bulut double. The final was played on 17 October 2010 against North Korea. Despite leading in the first half, Australia couldn't hold on and lost the final 3–2. Kerem Bulut was the tournaments top scorer with 7 goals. Australia qualified for the 2011 FIFA U-20 World Cup to be held in Colombia.

2011 FIFA U-20 World Cup[edit]

Australia qualified for the 2011 FIFA U-20 World Cup in Colombia after finishing in the final four of the 2010 AFC U-19 Championship. Australia were drawn in a group comprising Spain, Ecuador & Costa Rica.

Australia failed to progress out of the group after finishing last with one point. The first fixture resulted in a one all draw with Ecuador after Tommy Oar scored a late equaliser. The next game saw Costa Rica defeat Australia 3–2. In the final game against Spain, Australia was down by four goals after just 18 minutes. In the 27th minute Kerem Bulut grabbed a goal back before Spain made it 5–1 with a 31st-minute penalty. This was to be the final score.

2012 AFC U-19 Championship[edit]

To participate in the 2012 AFC U-19 Championship the Young Socceroos first had to qualify. The confederation was geographically separated and Australia was grouped with other East Asian nations, China, Indonesia, Singapore and Macau. These five nations met in Malaysia in November 2011 and Australia proceeded through the group by winning all four games, scoring 20 goals and conceding just 1.

The 2012 AFC U-19 Championship was hosted by United Arab Emirates in November. Australia were seeded for the tournament along with the hosts and South Korea and North Korea. Australia's opening game was against Qatar. The only goal of the game came in the 11th minute for Australia when Corey Gameiro scored. Gameiro was on the scoresheet in both of the following group games when his 81st-minute equaliser against Syria and his 91st-minute equaliser against Saudi Arabia meant both games finished 1–1. The critical late goal to Saudi Arabia meant Australia not only proceeded on to the next stage at the expense of the Saudis, but also topped the group.

Australia took on Jordan in the quarter final and it was Gameiro scoring all three goals in a 3–0 win that put Australia through to the semi final and secured qualification to the 2013 FIFA U-20 World Cup in Turkey. Two second half goals to Iraq meant Australia were eliminated from the tournament. Gameiro's six goals was one short of the top goalscorer award.

2013 FIFA U-20 World Cup[edit]

Paul Okon[8] coached Australia in the 2013 FIFA U-20 World Cup in Turkey where they failed to win a game despite scoring the first goal in all 3 fixtures. Daniel De Silva gave Australia the lead before Colombia levelled the game at 1–1. Joshua Brillante scored early prior to El Salvador scoring twice before halftime and Jamie Maclaren scored in the 52nd minute but again Australia couldn't hold on with the hosts, Turkey scoring twice. These results mean Australia has failed to win in any of their last 13 U-20 World Cup fixtures with the last victory coming over Brazil on 4 December 2003.

2014 AFC U-19 Championship[edit]

Australia started the 2014 AFC U-19 Championship campaign by participating in the qualfiers in October 2013. They travelled to Malaysia where they were joined by Vietnam, Hong Kong and Chinese Taipei. Mongolia had withdrawn. The first game was an easy 7–0 win over Hong Kong. Peter Skapetis scored four goals. They then defeated Chinese Taipei 3–0 before a humiliating 5–1 loss to Vietnam. Despite this, Australia were to proceed to the finals tournament as one of the best second placed teams.

The 2014 AFC U-19 Championship was hosted by Myanmar in October 2014. Paul Okon again was head coach of the Young Socceroos for the tournament. The opening game was against United Arab Emirates. Brandon Borrello gave Australia a late lead but an 85th-minute penalty to the UAE saw the score end in a draw.[9] The second match was a 1–0 win over Indonesia through a Jaushua Sotirio goal. The final group game had Australia leading Uzbekistan in the 66th minute thanks to Stefan Mauk. However an 82nd-minute equaliser would prove devastating for Australia as this, and the result in the concurrent game placed UAE, Uzbekistan and Australia all on five points with Australia having the inferior goal difference and hence elimination from the tournament. Many observers sighted Australia's lack of desire to score more goals against Indonesia as the contributing factor to the elimination. Australia failed to qualify for the New Zealand 2015 FIFA U-20 World Cup. This is just the second time since 1989 that Australia hasn't competed in the biennial event.

2016 AFC U-19 Championship[edit]

Australia qualified for the 2016 AFC U-19 Championship that was held in Bahrain during October 2016. In the qualifiers hosted by Laos, they finished runner-up in their group and progressed on goal difference as one of the five best second placed teams. Comfortable wins over Philippines and Laos were followed by a heavy 3–0 loss to Japan. Steve Kuzmanovski finished as Australia's top scorer with three goals. This was the sixth consecutive U-19 Championship that Australia qualified for.

Australia were coached by Ufuk Talay for the tournament and were drawn into Group D. The opening fixture was a 1–0 victory against China through a goal to Mario Shabow. The second game was against Uzbekistan. The Uzbeks led by three until they suffered a send off. Australia then responded through two second half penalties to Liam Youlley and George Blackwood however the final result was a 3–2 win for Uzbekistan. Australian needed to win against Tajikistan in the final group game to progress. Anthony Kalik had an early penalty saved and was later sent off for two yellow cards. The game finished 0–0 and Australia were eliminated from the tournament. As a consequence, they also failed to qualify for the 2017 FIFA U-20 World Cup. This is the first time that Australia have failed to qualify for two consecutive U-20 World Cups.

Players[edit]

Current squad[edit]

The following 24 players were called up for an AIS training camp from 6–9 February 2017.[10] Caps and goals correct as of 22 October 2016.

0#0 Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
1GK James Delianov 0 0 Australia Melbourne City
1GK Macklin Freke 0 0 Australia Brisbane Roar

2DF Henry Davies 0 0 Australia Western Sydney Wanderers
2DF Aaron Reardon 0 0 Australia Brisbane Roar
2DF Gianni Stensness 0 0 Australia Central Coast Mariners
2DF Dane Ingham (1999-08-06) 6 August 1999 (age 17) 0 0 Australia Brisbane Roar

3MF Nathaniel Atkinson 0 0 Australia Melbourne City
3MF Joshua Cavallo 0 0 Australia Melbourne City
3MF Denis Genreau (1999-05-21) 21 May 1999 (age 18) 0 0 Australia Melbourne City
3MF Daniel Leck 0 0 Australia Brisbane Roar
3MF Connor Metcalfe 0 0 Australia Melbourne City
3MF Adam Sawyer 0 0 Australia Brisbane Roar
3MF Mark Tokich 0 0 Australia FFA Centre of Excellence

4FW John Iredale 0 0 Australia Sydney FC
4FW Apostolos Stamatelopoulos 0 0 Australia Adelaide United
4FW Gerrie Sylaidos 0 0 Australia Melbourne City
4FW Christian Theoharous (1999-12-06) 6 December 1999 (age 17) 0 0 Australia Melbourne Victory

Mathieu Cordier 0 0 Australia Western Sydney Wanderers
Mitchell Dobson 0 0 Australia Newcastle Jets
Stefan King 0 0 Australia Perth Glory
Taci Kumsuz 0 0 Australia Western Sydney Wanderers
Patrick Langlois 0 0 Australia Newcastle Jets
Jack Leech 0 0 Australia Perth Glory
Oliver Puflett 0 0 Australia Western Sydney Wanderers
Walter Scott 0 0 Australia Perth Glory

Recent call-ups[edit]

The following players have been called up within the last 12 months and remain eligible for selection.

Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club Latest call-up
GK Yaren Sozer (1997-04-19) 19 April 1997 (age 20) 1 0 Australia Melbourne City 2016 AFF U-19 Youth Championship, September 2016
GK Chris Marques (1997-09-25) 25 September 1997 (age 19) 0 0 England Nottingham Forest Central Coast training camp, 18–21 July 2016
GK Daniel Margush (1997-11-28) 28 November 1997 (age 19) 4 0 Australia Adelaide United 2016 AFC U-19 Championship, October 2016
GK Tom Glover (1997-12-24) 24 December 1997 (age 19) 9 0 England Tottenham Hotspur 2016 AFC U-19 Championship, October 2016
GK Jasko Keranovic (1998-03-02) 2 March 1998 (age 19) 2 0 England West Bromwich Albion 2016 AFC U-19 Championship, October 2016
GK Jordan Holmes (1997-05-08) 8 May 1997 (age 20) 5 0 England Bournemouth 2016 AFC U-19 Championship, October 2016

DF Kye Rowles (1998-06-24) 24 June 1998 (age 19) 4 0 Australia Brisbane Roar 2016 AFF U-19 Youth Championship, September 2016
DF Callum Goulding (1998-02-02) 2 February 1998 (age 19) 0 0 Australia Melbourne Victory Central Coast training camp, 18–21 July 2016
DF Ross Millard (1997-02-25) 25 February 1997 (age 20) 0 0 Australia Perth Glory Central Coast training camp, 18–21 July 2016
DF William Mutch (1998-02-27) 27 February 1998 (age 19) 11 0 Australia Sydney FC 2016 AFC U-19 Championship, October 2016
DF Thomas Deng (1997-03-20) 20 March 1997 (age 20) 10 0 Netherlands Jong PSV 2016 AFC U-19 Championship, October 2016
DF Jackson Bandiera (1998-04-16) 16 April 1998 (age 19) 7 0 Australia Western Sydney Wanderers 2016 AFC U-19 Championship, October 2016
DF Patrick Flottmann (1997-04-19) 19 April 1997 (age 20) 3 0 Australia Sydney FC 2016 AFC U-19 Championship, October 2016
DF George Timotheou (1997-07-29) 29 July 1997 (age 19) 7 0 Australia Sydney FC 2016 AFC U-19 Championship, October 2016

MF Brandon Vella (1998-06-23) 23 June 1998 (age 19) 2 0 Australia Marconi Stallions 2016 AFF U-19 Youth Championship, September 2016
MF Cameron Devlin (1998-06-07) 7 June 1998 (age 19) 1 0 Australia Western Sydney Wanderers Central Coast training camp, 18–21 July 2016
MF Lachlan Roberts (1997-06-22) 22 June 1997 (age 20) 2 0 Australia Western Sydney Wanderers Central Coast training camp, 18–21 July 2016
MF Liam Rose (1997-04-07) 7 April 1997 (age 20) 15 0 Australia Central Coast Mariners 2016 AFC U-19 Championship, October 2016
MF Anthony Kalik (1997-11-05) 5 November 1997 (age 19) 4 0 Croatia Hajduk Split 2016 AFC U-19 Championship, October 2016
MF Tariq Maia (1997-06-11) 11 June 1997 (age 20) 6 1 Australia Western Sydney Wanderers 2016 AFC U-19 Championship, October 2016
MF Josh Hope (1998-01-07) 7 January 1998 (age 19) 5 0 Australia Melbourne Victory 2016 AFC U-19 Championship, October 2016
MF Jake Brimmer (1998-04-03) 3 April 1998 (age 19) 2 0 Unattached 2016 AFC U-19 Championship, October 2016
MF Keanu Baccus (1998-06-07) 7 June 1998 (age 19) 5 1 Australia Western Sydney Wanderers 2016 AFC U-19 Championship, October 2016
MF Liam Youlley (1997-02-20) 20 February 1997 (age 20) 16 1 Australia Western Sydney Wanderers 2016 AFC U-19 Championship, October 2016
MF George Mells (1997-05-23) 23 May 1997 (age 20) 3 1 Australia Adelaide United 2016 AFC U-19 Championship, October 2016

FW Trent Buhagiar (1998-02-27) 27 February 1998 (age 19) 0 0 Australia Central Coast Mariners Central Coast training camp, 18–21 July 2016
FW Lachlan Scott (1997-04-15) 15 April 1997 (age 20) 7 3 Australia Western Sydney Wanderers 2016 AFC U-19 Championship, October 2016
FW Reno Piscopo (1998-05-27) 27 May 1998 (age 19) 1 0 Italy Internazionale 2016 AFC U-19 Championship, October 2016
FW Mario Shabow (1998-05-05) 5 May 1998 (age 19) 13 5 Australia Western Sydney Wanderers 2016 AFC U-19 Championship, October 2016
FW George Blackwood (1997-06-04) 4 June 1997 (age 20) 16 7 Australia Sydney FC 2016 AFC U-19 Championship, October 2016
FW Joseph Champness (1997-04-27) 27 April 1997 (age 20) 7 2 Australia Brisbane Roar 2016 AFC U-19 Championship, October 2016

Recent results and fixtures[edit]

Records[edit]

Players with most appearances[edit]

As of 3 June 2012
Players in bold are still available for selection.
# Name Caps Goals
1 Tommy Oar 33 4
1 Mark Birighitti 33 0
3 Kofi Danning 30 3
4 Matthew Jurman 26 0
5 Ben Kantarovski 25 2
5 James Holland 25 5
7 Andrew Redmayne 24 0
7 Craig Moore 24 0
7 Scott McDonald 24 16
7 Dylan McGowan 24 4

Players with most Goals Scored[edit]

As of 23 June 2013
Players in bold are still available for selection.
# Name Goals Caps
1 Mark Viduka 32 20
2 Scott McDonald 16 24
3 Kostas Salapasidis 13 14
4 Kevork Gulesserian 12 12
5 Kerem Bulut 10 14
5 David Williams 10 12
7 Nick Carle 9 16
7 Jamie Maclaren 9 16
8 Ante Milicic 8 12
8 Michael Ferrante 8 10
8 Greg Owens 8 15

Competitive record[edit]

FIFA U-20 World Cup[edit]

FIFA U-20 World Cup record
Year Result Position Pld W D L GF GA
Tunisia 1977 Did not participate
Japan 1979
Australia 1981 Quarterfinals 7th 4 1 2 1 6 6
Mexico 1983 Group stage 9th 3 1 1 1 4 4
Soviet Union 1985 Round 1 11th 3 0 2 1 2 3
Chile 1987 Round 1 12th 3 1 0 2 2 6
Saudi Arabia 1989 Did not qualify
Portugal 1991 4th Place 4th 6 5 0 1 6 3
Australia 1993 4th Place 4th 6 3 0 2 8 9
Qatar 1995 Quarterfinals 7th 4 1 1 2 6 6
Malaysia 1997 Round of 16 10th 4 2 1 1 5 4
Nigeria 1999 Group stage 18th 3 1 0 2 4 8
Argentina 2001 Round of 16 16th 4 1 1 2 3 8
United Arab Emirates 2003 Round of 16 10th 4 2 1 1 6 5
Netherlands 2005 Group stage 20th 3 0 2 1 2 5
Canada 2007 Did not qualify
Egypt 2009 Group stage 23rd 3 0 0 3 2 8
Colombia 2011 Group stage 21st 3 0 1 2 4 9
Turkey 2013 Group stage 21st 3 0 1 2 3 5
New Zealand 2015 Did not qualify
South Korea 2017
Total 15/20 0 Titles 53 18 13 22 61 85

OFC U-20 Championship[edit]

OFC U-20 Championship record
Year Result Position Pld W D L GF GA
French Polynesia 1974 Did not participate
New Zealand 1978 Champion 1st 3 3 0 0 16 2
Fiji 1980 Runners-up 2nd 3 2 0 1 7 3
Papua New Guinea 1982 Champion 1st 4 4 0 0 15 4
Australia 1985 Champion 1st 5 5 0 0 20 4
New Zealand 1986 Champion 1st 4 3 1 0 16 1
Fiji 1988 Champion 1st 4 4 0 0 16 3
Fiji 1990 Champion 1st 4 4 0 0 22 0
French Polynesia 1992 Did not participate
Fiji 1994 Champion 1st 5 5 0 0 29 0
French Polynesia 1997 Champion 1st 4 4 0 0 25 1
Samoa 1998 Champion 1st 5 5 0 0 23 2
Cook IslandsNew Caledonia 2001 Champion 1st 7 6 0 1 50 3
FijiVanuatu 2003 Champion 1st 4 4 0 0 23 0
Solomon Islands 2005 Champion 1st 5 5 0 0 46 5
Total 13/15 12 Titles 57 54 1 2 308 28

AFC U-19 Championship[edit]

AFC U-19 Championship record
Year Result Position Pld W D L GF GA
India 2006 Quarter finals 7th 4 2 0 2 6 4
Saudi Arabia 2008 Semi finals 3rd 5 3 1 1 6 6
China 2010 Runners-up 2nd 6 4 1 1 15 6
United Arab Emirates 2012 Semi finals 4th 5 2 2 1 6 4
Myanmar 2014 Group Stage 9th 3 1 2 0 3 2
Bahrain 2016 Group Stage 11th 3 1 1 1 3 3
Total 6/6 0 Titles 26 13 7 6 39 25

AFF U-19 Youth Championship[edit]

AFF U-19 Youth Championship record
Year Result Position Pld W D L GF GA
Malaysia 2006 Champion 1st 3 3 0 0 8 0
Vietnam 2007 Did not enter
Thailand 2008 Champion 1st 3 2 1 0 5 2
Vietnam 2009 Runner-up 2nd 5 2 2 1 11 4
Vietnam 2010 Champion 1st 3 2 1 0 6 2
Myanmar 2011 Did not enter
Vietnam 2012 Third place 3rd 3 1 0 2 6 6
Indonesia 2013 Withdrew
Vietnam 2014 Group stage 5th 2 0 0 2 3 5
Laos 2015 Withdrew
Vietnam 2016 Champion 1st 7 6 0 1 21 10
Total 7/11 4 Titles 26 16 4 6 60 29

References[edit]

  1. ^ Australia bows out to Koreans, FFA, 7 November 2006
  2. ^ Postecoglou Contract Not Renewed Archived 13 May 2007 at the Wayback Machine., FFA, 8 February 2007
  3. ^ New National Youth Coaches Appointed Archived 13 May 2007 at the Wayback Machine., FFA, 5 March 2007
  4. ^ AIS/U20 Head Coach named, FFA, 24 June 2008
  5. ^ Qantas Young Socceroos named for Asean tournament Archived 27 May 2011 at the Wayback Machine., FFA, 29 September 2008
  6. ^ Qantas Young Socceroos win AFF U19 Championship Archived 27 May 2011 at the Wayback Machine., FFA, 12 October 2008
  7. ^ China to host AFC U-19 Championship Finals, AFC, 18 February 2010
  8. ^ "Paul Okon to coach national youth sides". Football Federation Australia. 30 January 2015. 
  9. ^ "Young Socceroos Draw". Adelaide Now. 11 October 2014. 
  10. ^ "Squad announced for Young Socceroos camp". Football Federation Australia. 31 January 2017. Retrieved 31 January 2017. 

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