One day after the Under 20s squad was named, the Australian squad for the Under 16 Asian Championship was named by Joey’s coach Tony Vidmar on Thursday.
The tournament begins on the sixth of September, with the entire tournament being played in Bangkok with the final on September 20th.
The four semi-finalists of the tournament will advance to the FIFA U-17 World Cup in Chile in 2015, with that being Australia’s goal after an absence from the tournament.
All bar one player in the squad is based out of the National Center of Excellence in the AIS with New South Wales being the most represented federation, while Jake Brimmer comes in as the only player outside of the NTC set up, as part of English Premier League club Liverpool’s set up.
Vidmar has been working alongside the head of the center of excellence at the AIS, Peter de Roo and both men sound confident about their chances of qualifying for the World Cup.
Australia havebeen taking the preparations for the tournament seriously with the FFA Center of Excellence competing in the NPL ACT after a tour to Italy earlier in the year.
Australia have already got their preparations for the tournament under way with the team flying out to Thailand on Thursday to begin their training camp ahead of the tournament.
Australia will find their first two matches as vital, up against China and Hong Kong, as they will look to have their place in the quarterfinals sealed before their match against Japan.
Joeys Squad for AFC U16 Championships – 2014 Thailand (Courtesy Football Federation Australia)
Name Member Federation
Duro DRAGICEVIC (gk) Football Queensland
Malcolm WARD Football NSW
Henry DAVIES Football NSW
Kye ROWLES Football Queensland
Zac SPETH Football NSW
Joe CALETTI Football NSW
Daniel MASKIN Football NSW
Daniel ARZANI Football NSW
Jake BRIMMER Football Federation Victoria & Liverpool FC
Jamie DIMITROFF Football Queensland
Peter KEKERIS Football NSW
Brandon OSIPOV (gk) Football Federation Victoria
Christian VERBI Football Federation South Australia
Solomon MONAHAN-VAIIKA Football NSW
Jackson BANDIERA Football NSW
Danny KIM Football Queensland
Riley McGREE Football Federation South Australia
James DELIANOV (gk) Football Federation Victoria
Charlie DEVEREUX Football Federation South Australia
Perry FOTAKOPOULOS Football NSW
Jamal REINERS Football West
Cameron JOICE NNSW Football Federation
Kosta PETRATOS Football NSW