Australia Under-20
Shirt badge/Association crest
Nickname(s)Young Socceroos
AssociationFootball Australia
ConfederationAFC (Asia)
Head coachTrevor Morgan
FIFA codeAUS
First colours
Second colours
First international
Australia Australia 9–0 Papua New Guinea 
(New Zealand; 11 November 1978)
Biggest win
Australia Australia 16–0 Samoa 
(Rarotonga, Cook Islands; 15 February 2001)
Biggest defeat
Australia Australia 0–4 Brazil 
(Córdoba, Argentina; 27 June 2001)
Australia Australia 1–5 Spain 
(Manizales, Colombia; 6 August 2011)
Australia Australia 1–5 Vietnam 
(Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia; 7 October 2013)
Australia Australia 1–5 Thailand 
(Hanoi, Vietnam; 18 September 2016)
Websitehttps://www.socceroos.com.au/young-socceroos-u20s

The Australia national under-20 soccer team, known colloquially as the Young Socceroos, represents Australia in international under-20 soccer. The team is controlled by the governing body for soccer in Australia, Football Australia (FA), 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 five-time AFF champion. The team has represented Australia at the FIFA U-20 World Cup tournaments on fifteen occasions with their best result being a fourth-place finish in 1991 and 1993.

History

2006 AFC U-19 Championship

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

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 they ultimately won through a penalty shoot-out against South Korea.[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, 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

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. Despite a late James Holland penalty, 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 Australia was eliminated without a point.

2010 AFC U-19 Championship

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 led 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 tournament's 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

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

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

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

Australia started the 2014 AFC U-19 Championship campaign by participating in the qualifiers 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

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.

2018 AFC U-19 Championship

The 2018 AFC U-19 Championship was hosted by Indonesia in October and November. Australia commenced their qualification for the tournament in Vietnam.[10] The matches had originally been scheduled to be played in Shepparton, Victoria however the Australian government refused entry to the North Korean squad.[11] As a result, the matches were moved to neutral Vietnam although the costs associated with the shift in venue saw Northern Mariana Islands withdraw. This left just two opponents in the group, North Korea and Hong Kong. In Australia's first match against Hong Kong, Ramy Najjarine scored early and then a late double from Moudi Najjar gave Australia a 3–0 win.[12] They then defeated North Korea 4–1 with goals again to Najjarine and Najjar as well as Fabian Monge and Denis Genreau.[13]

With Ante Milicic now in charge, Australia started the tournament against South Korea in Bekasi. The Koreans scored first in the 55th minute however Najjarine curled in an 89th-minute equaliser to share the points.[14] The second match was against Vietnam which Australia won 2–1 through goals to Angus Thurgate and Ben Folami.[15] Reports emerged after the game that many of the Australian squad had been suffering from illness.[16] In their last group match against Jordan, Australia needed at least a draw to advance and they finished 1–1, with Oliver Puflett scoring the goal in the 10th minute.[17] In the quarter-final, Australia lost 3–1 to Saudi Arabia, with Nathaniel Atkinson scoring their only goal. Elimination at the quarter-final stage meant that Australia failed to qualify for the Under-20 World Cup for a record third consecutive time.[18]

Players

Current squad

The following 24 players were called up for the Costa Càlida Supercup from 19 to 27 September 2022. [19] Caps and goals correct as of 23 September 2022.

No. Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
1 1GK Jack Warshawsky (2004-08-08) 8 August 2004 (age 18) 0 0 Australia Western Sydney Wanderers
12 1GK James Nieuwenhuizen (2004-01-17) 17 January 2004 (age 18) 0 0 Australia Melbourne City
18 1GK Steven Hall (2005-01-16) 16 January 2005 (age 17) 1 0 Australia Adelaide United

2 2DF Joshua Rawlins (2004-04-23) 23 April 2004 (age 18) 0 0 Netherlands Jong FC Utrecht
3 2DF Nectarios Triantis (2003-05-11) 11 May 2003 (age 19) 1 0 Australia Central Coast Mariners
4 2DF Kaelan Majekodunmi 1 0 Australia Perth Glory
5 2DF Jordan Perez (2003-01-03) 3 January 2003 (age 19) 0 0 Cyprus AEK Larnaca
13 2DF Joseph Forde (2003-12-28) 28 December 2003 (age 18) 1 0 Australia Perth Glory
14 2DF Kane Vidmar 0 0 Australia Adelaide United
20 2DF Matt Dench (2003-12-08) 8 December 2003 (age 18) 1 0 England Charlton Athletic

6 3MF Rhys Bozinovski (2004-03-07) 7 March 2004 (age 18) 1 0 Australia Western United
8 3MF Sam Klein (2004-03-15) 15 March 2004 (age 18) 1 0 Australia Brisbane Roar
10 3MF Alessandro Lopane (2004-04-09) 9 April 2004 (age 18) 0 0 Australia Western Sydney Wanderers
15 3MF Dylan Scicluna (2004-06-10) 10 June 2004 (age 18) 1 0 England Wolverhampton Wanderers
21 3MF Chris Donnell 0 0 Australia Perth Glory
25 3MF Paul Okon-Engstler (2005-01-24) 24 January 2005 (age 17) 0 0 Portugal Benfica
3MF Bernardo Oliveira (2004-03-16) 16 March 2004 (age 18) 0 0 Australia Adelaide United

7 4FW Adrian Segecic (2004-06-01) 1 June 2004 (age 18) 0 0 Australia Sydney FC
9 4FW Archie Goodwin (2004-11-07) 7 November 2004 (age 17) 0 0 Australia Newcastle Jets
16 4FW Alexander Badolato (2005-02-23) 23 February 2005 (age 17) 0 0 Australia Western Sydney Wanderers
17 4FW Yaya Dukuly (2003-01-17) 17 January 2003 (age 19) 1 0 France Reims B
19 4FW Gabriel Popovic (2003-07-28) 28 July 2003 (age 19) 1 0 Croatia Rudeš
23 4FW Raphael Borges Rodrigues (2003-09-11) 11 September 2003 (age 19) 1 0 Australia Melbourne City
26 4FW Presley Ortiz (2003-03-04) 4 March 2003 (age 19) 0 0 Portugal Belenenses
4FW Mohamed Toure (2004-03-26) 26 March 2004 (age 18) 0 0 France Reims B

Recent call-ups

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 Lawrence Caruso (2004-09-15) 15 September 2004 (age 18) 0 0 unattached Talent Identification Camp, 7 August 2022
GK Alexander Robinson 0 0 Australia Blacktown City FC Talent Identification Camp, 7 August 2022

DF Nathan Geyer 0 0 Australia Brisbane Roar Talent Identification Camp, 7 August 2022
DF Franco Lino 0 0 Australia Melbourne Victory Talent Identification Camp, 7 August 2022
DF Anthony Pantazopoulos 0 0 Australia Oakleigh Cannons Talent Identification Camp, 7 August 2022
DF Ben Van Dorssen 0 0 Australia Newcastle Jets Talent Identification Camp, 7 August 2022

MF Max Caputo (2005-08-17) 17 August 2005 (age 17) 0 0 Australia Melbourne City Talent Identification Camp, 7 August 2022
MF Emin Durakovic 0 0 Australia Melbourne City Talent Identification Camp, 7 August 2022
MF Matthew George 0 0 Australia Perth Glory Talent Identification Camp, 7 August 2022
MF Peter Grozos 0 0 Australia Newcastle Jets Talent Identification Camp, 7 August 2022
MF Luka Kolic 0 0 Australia Melbourne Knights Talent Identification Camp, 7 August 2022
MF Alexander Menelaou 0 0 Australia Melbourne Victory Talent Identification Camp, 7 August 2022
MF Jonny Yull (2005-03-05) 5 March 2005 (age 17) 0 0 Australia Adelaide United Talent Identification Camp, 7 August 2022

FW Jayden Gorman (2003-01-25) 25 January 2003 (age 19) 0 0 Australia Perth Glory Talent Identification Camp, 7 August 2022
FW Garang Kuol (2004-09-15) 15 September 2004 (age 18) 0 0 Australia Central Coast Mariners Talent Identification Camp, 7 August 2022
FW Panashe Madanha (2004-08-05) 5 August 2004 (age 18) 0 0 Australia Adelaide United Talent Identification Camp, 7 August 2022
FW Nathan Nguyen 0 0 Australia Brisbane Roar Talent Identification Camp, 7 August 2022
FW Justin Paolilli 0 0 Australia Melbourne City Talent Identification Camp, 7 August 2022


Recent results and fixtures

2022

22 September 2022 (2022-09-22) 2022 Costa Cálida Supercup Australia  0–1  Morocco San Pedro del Pinatar, Spain
18:00 CEST Report
  • Labib 3'
Stadium: Pinatar Arena
24 September 2022 (2022-09-24) 2022 Costa Cálida Supercup Australia  1–3  Chile San Pedro del Pinatar, Spain
21:00 CEST Source Stadium: Pinatar Arena
27 September 2022 (2022-09-27) 2022 Costa Cálida Supercup England  v  Australia San Pedro del Pinatar, Spain
17:00 CEST Source Stadium: Pinatar Arena
14 October 2022 (2022-10-14) 2023 AFC Asian Cup qualification Australia  v  Kuwait Kuwait City, Kuwait[a]
Source Stadium: Jaber Al-Ahmad International Stadium
16 October 2022 (2022-10-16) 2023 AFC Asian Cup qualification India  v  Australia Kuwait City, Kuwait[a]
Source Stadium: Jaber Al-Ahmad International Stadium
18 October 2022 (2022-10-18) 2023 AFC Asian Cup qualification Australia  v  Iraq Kuwait City, Kuwait[a]
Source Stadium: Jaber Al-Ahmad International Stadium

Records

Players with most appearances

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

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

FIFA U-20 World Cup

OFC U-20 Championship

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

AFC U-19 Championship record
Year Result Position Pld W D L GF GA
India 2006 Quarter finals 8th 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
Indonesia 2018 Quarter finals 6th 4 1 2 1 5 6
Uzbekistan 2020 Competition cancelled
Uzbekistan 2023 To be determined
Total 7/8 0 Titles 30 14 9 7 44 31

AFF U-19 Youth Championship

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
Myanmar 2017 Did not enter
Indonesia 2018
Vietnam 2019 Champion 1st 7 6 0 1 20 7
Indonesia 2022 Did not enter
Total 8/15 5 Titles 33 22 4 5 80 36

Notes

  1. ^ a b c At the end of August, Football Australia withdrew the team from the tournament, citing safety reasons and travel advice.[20] However, they were reinstated[21] when Iraq lost hosting rights due to the 2021–2022 Iraqi political crisis,[22] with the matches rescheduled and relocated to Kuwait City.[23]

References

  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. ^ "AFC U-19 Championship 2018 Qualifiers: Group J to be played in Hanoi". AFC. 13 October 2017.
  11. ^ Willoughby, James (9 October 2017). "Visa ban on North Korean football team forces major tournament offshore". The New Daily.
  12. ^ "Young Socceroos make winning start in Hanoi". Football Federation Australia. 5 November 2017.
  13. ^ "Young Socceroos qualify for Asian championship". The World Game. SBS. 9 November 2017.
  14. ^ Tan, Gabriel (19 October 2018). "AFC U-19 Championship: Australia deny Korea Republic at the death". Fox Sports.
  15. ^ "Young Socceroos sink valiant Vietnam". The World Game. SBS. 22 October 2018.
  16. ^ Greco, John (23 October 2018). "Milicic hails Young Socceroos after crucial win over Vietnam". Football Federation Australia.
  17. ^ "Young Socceroos survive Jordan onslaught". FTBL. 26 October 2018.
  18. ^ "Young Socceroos miss out on U20 World Cup after loss to Saudi Arabia". The World Game. SBS. 30 October 2018.
  19. ^ "Young Socceroos Squad Named for Four Continents Tournament in Spain". Football Federation Australia. 13 September 2022.
  20. ^ "AFC U20 Asian Cup Uzbekistan 2022™ Qualifiers Update". Football Australia. 26 August 2022.
  21. ^ "Australia reinstated for AFC U-20 Asian Cup 2023™ Qualifiers". Football Australia. 14 September 2022. Retrieved 14 September 2022.
  22. ^ Salem, Amr (1 September 2022). "AFC moves Asian Youth Qualifiers from Basra to another country". Retrieved 2 September 2022.
  23. ^ "AFC U20 Asian Cup Uzbekistan 2023™ Qualifiers Group H to be held in Kuwait". Asian Football Confederation. 14 September 2022.