Inside Sport

Youth development in Australia, where did it all go wrong?

By Sebr1968 - 25 Aug 2019 3:28 PM

As much as I hated the way football was run in Australia in the past (especially the NSL era), one thing I will say, Australian youth football teams would regularly qualify for numerous FIFA tournaments and the Olympics, where they were very competitive. But over the last 15 or so years, the standard of our youth teams has gone to shit, where did it all go wrong?

I know in the past we had the AIS in Canberra where there was a football division, is this still around?

Since the A-League clubs have been given control of football (as we are led to believe), what plans do the A-League owners have for youth development?, eg. the setting up of youth acedemies.
By AJF - 19 Sep 2019 12:59 PM

@LFC, 100% agree. Many of the guys in Vic NPL agree thatr if Viduka played now, he would be stuck in a NPL team and never given a real chance on the big stage locally (just look at how Nabout was treated)

@footballlover, I hear you, it is tough and luckily my wife (begrudgingly) accepts being a football widow, but there are many other good coaches I know that do it for a few years and then leave due to time and quite often parents!