Though his immediate concern may very well be the upcoming 2019 U17 World Cup, Joeys’ Head Coach Trevor Morgan paved the first step on the road to the 2021 edition of the tournament on Tuesday.
Currently in Canberra for a 30-player training camp of players that loom as contenders for selection for October’s World Cup, Morgan on Tuesday morning named a 23-player squad that will represent Australia at the 2019 ASEAN Football Federation (AFF) U16 Championship in Thailand.
Made up of players in the age cohort below the group assembled in the ACT, the AFF Championships will represent the first chance for Morgan and his staff to get a look at the next generation of players coming through the ranks ahead of qualifying for the 2020 AFC U16 Championships in September.
Australia has been drawn in Group B of the Southeast Asian competition; grouped alongside host nation Thailand, Malaysia, Laos, Cambodia, and Brunei. They will commence their tournament against Cambodia on 28 July, before meeting Laos (30 July), Malaysia (1 August), Thailand (3 August) and Brunei (5 August).
The two top-ranked sides from Group B will then advance to the semi-finals of the tournament, where they will meet the best two finishers of group A; which contains Indonesia, Myanmar, Vietnam, Timor-Leste, Singapore, and the Philippines.
The 23-players selected by Morgan will briefly congregate in Narrabeen for a training camp ahead of their departure for Thailand, a camp in which they will be joined by an additional seven prospects for 2021.
“The 2019 AFF U-15 Championship represents the start of this Joeys age group’s journey to the FIFA U-17 World Cup in 2021,” Head Coach Morgan said upon the squad’s announcement.
“With a minimum of five and up to seven international matches over the two weeks of the tournament, the AFF U-15 Championship will give the players selected a great introduction to international football.
“Our time in Chonburi will also provide our staff with the chance to work on some key principles with the boys ahead of our 2020 AFC U-16 Championship qualifiers in Vietnam in September this year.”
|23-Player AFF |
U16 Championship Squad
|Joseph CALUSIC||Sydney FC, New South Wales|
|Ethan COX (Gk)||FFSA NTC, South Australia|
|Jai CURRAN-NICHOLLS||Glen Eira FC, Victoria|
|Massimo D’ARGENIO||Moreland Zebras, Victoria|
|Kane GIBBS||Brisbane Roar FC, Queensland|
|Sebastian GOMEZ||Perth Glory FC, Western Australia|
|Daniel HELWEH||Marconi Stallions, New South Wales|
|George KARVOUNIS||Melbourne Victory, Victoria|
|Alessandro LOPANE||Western Sydney Wanderers FC, New South Wales|
|Lachlan MACDONALD||Sutherland Sharks FC, New South Wales|
|Alexander MENELAOU||Melbourne City FC, Victoria|
|Aiden MOSTOFI||Sydney FC, New South Wales|
|James NIEUWENHUIZEN (Gk)||Goulburn Valley Suns FC, Victoria|
|Bernardo OLIVEIRA||FFSA NTC, South Australia|
|Nicholas PANUCCIO||Western Sydney Wanderers FC, New South Wales|
|Jack PIRONE||Gold Coast United FC, Queensland|
|Paolo PUSATERI||Sydney FC, New South Wales|
|Joshua RAWLINS||Perth Glory FC, Western Australia|
|Matthew SCARCELLA||Western Sydney Wanderers FC, New South Wales|
|Adrian SEGECIC||Sydney FC, New South Wales|
|Clayton TAYLOR||Sydney FC, New South Wales|
|Aiki TSUKAMOTO||Perth Glory FC, Western Australia|
|Jack WARSHAWSKY (Gk)||Brisbane Roar FC, Queensland|
|Training Camp Players|
|Noah GARDNER||South Hobart FC, TAS|
|Jake GIRDWOOD-REICH||Sydney FC, NSW|
|Julian MONGE||Western Sydney Wanderers FC, NSW|
|Josip ORLOVIC (Gk)||Sydney United, NSW|
|Alexander TRAJANOSKI||Blacktown Spartans, NSW|
|Zac WADDELL||Central Coast Mariners FC, NSW|
|Jesper WEBBER||Western Sydney Wanderers FC, NSW|