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Jul 11, 2022   |  2:11PM AET

Aspiring Joeys gather in Canberra ahead of AFF U-16 Youth Championship selection

Aspiring Joeys gather in Canberra ahead of AFF U-16 Youth Championship selection

Thirty-four (34) ambitious Australian footballers will assemble in the nation’s capital today as the next generation of the Joeys – Australia’s U-17 men’s national football team – commence or continue their national team journeys.

The young footballers will spend the next five days training at the Australian Institute of Sport (AIS) under National Teams staff, including Trevor Morgan and Tony Vidmar, with each player aiming to put his best foot forward ahead of Australia’s participation at the upcoming AFF U-16 Youth Championship in Jakarta, Indonesia.

Next week a final 23-player squad will be selected to represent the green and gold next month in Indonesia, with the Joeys set to participate in Group C of the competition alongside Cambodia, Malaysia, and Myanmar.

Australia’s AFF U-16 Youth Championship campaign will kick-off against Myanmar at on Tuesday, 2 August at the Madya Senayan Stadium, which sits in the shadows of Jakarta’s iconic Gelora Bung Karno Stadium.

The team will return to the same venue three days later to challenge Cambodia, before rounding out their Group Phase campaign with a meeting with Malaysia at the Patriot Candrabhaga Stadium in Bekasi on Monday, 8 August.

Each of Australia’s Group C fixtures at the AFF U-16 Youth Championship will kick-off at 3pm local time (6pm AEST).

Australia will need to finish first in Group C, or as the best overall runner up in the three pools, to advance to the semi-finals of the competition. The knockout phase of the tournament will be played exclusively at the 30,000 seat Patriot Candrabhaga Stadium.

Australia has won the AFF U-16 Youth Championship twice in the past, claiming the crown in 2008 and 2016. The green and gold also finished second in 2012, and third in 2013, 2015, and 2017.

The 34 players aiming to impress this week at the AIS are listed below.

Joeys Training Camp | Monday, 11 July 2022 – Friday, 15 July 2022 | Australian Institute of Sport (AIS), Canberra, Australia

NameClub, CountryJunior Club
Peter ANTONIOUMelbourne City FC, AustraliaFC Bulleen Lions (Football Victoria)
Daniel BENNIEPerth Glory FC, AustraliaSorrento FC (Football West)
Dean BOSNJAKWestern Sydney Wanderers FC, AustraliaFreeman Sports Club (Football New South Wales)
Rylan BROWNLIEBrisbane Roar FC, AustraliaMoreton Bay United (Football Queensland)
Luka COVENYMelbourne Victory FC, AustraliaEssendon United (Football Victoria)
Zachary DE JESUSWestern Sydney Wanderers FC, AustraliaLakeside Lions FC (Football New South Wales)
Miguel DI PIZIOWestern Sydney Wanderers FC, AustraliaAC United (Football New South Wales)
Ben DUNBARMelbourne City FC, AustraliaDoncaster Rovers (Football Victoria)
Oscar FRYERSD Raiders, AustraliaHurlstone Park Wanderers FC (Football New South Wales)
Daniel GRASKOSKI (Gk)Northcote City FC, AustraliaFootball Technical School (Football Victoria)
Ayman GULASIWestern Sydney Wanderers FC, AustraliaSydney Olympic FC (Football New South Wales)
Max HATELYWestern Sydney Wanderers FC, AustraliaKellyville Kolts (Football New South Wales)
Gus HOEFSLOOT (Gk)Sydney FC, AustraliaHelensburgh Thistles (Football New South Wales)
Jesse HOEYMelbourne Victory FC, AustraliaFC Bulleen Lions (Football Victoria)
Jordan HOEYMelbourne Victory FC, AustraliaFC Bullen Lions (Football Victoria)
Angelo KALAMVOKISWestern Sydney Wanderers FC, AustraliaGymea United FC (Football New South Wales)
Pearson KASAWAYASydney FC, AustraliaGriffith City FC (Football New South Wales)
Daniel LAZAREVSKIMelbourne Victory FC, AustraliaLalor United Sloga (Football Victoria)
Andriano LEBIBPerth Glory FC, AustraliaDianella White Eagles (Football West)
Cyrus MALSAWMKIMABrisbane Roar FC, AustraliaLogan Lightning FC (Football Queensland)
Jared MIDDLETONSydney FC, AustraliaCollaroy Cromer Strikers (Football New South Wales)
Lachlan MIDDLETONSydney FC, AustraliaCollaroy Cromer Strikers (Football New South Wales)
Justin MOYABrisbane Roar FC, AustraliaSouthside Eagles (Football Queensland)
Alex NASSIEP (Gk)Melbourne Victory FC, AustraliaCaloundra FC (Football Queensland)
Alexandro NUNESNewcastle Jets FC, AustraliaLitchfield FC (Football Northern Territory)
Anthony PAVLESIC (Gk)Western Sydney Wanderers FC, AustraliaSydney United 58 FC (Football New South Wales)
Jaylan PEARMANPerth Glory FC, AustraliaKingsley Westside FC (Football West)
Isiah QUINNBrisbane Roar FC, AustraliaBrisbane Olympic FC (Football Queensland)
Tiago QUINTALSydney FC, AustraliaBaulkham Hills FC (Football New South Wales)
Andre RIZGALLASydney FC, AustraliaSt George FA (Football New South Wales)
Dylan ROSESydney FC, AustraliaMounties JSC (Football New South Wales)
Xav STELLAMelbourne City FC, AustraliaTemplestowe United FC (Football Victoria)
Fabian TALLADIRAAdelaide United FC, AustraliaAdelaide City FC (Football South Australia)
Nicholas ZDRILICSydney United 58 FC, AustraliaSt George FA (Football New South Wales)

AFF U-16 Youth Championship 2022 – Match Schedule (Australia)

Australia U-16 v Myanmar U-16

Date: Tuesday, 2 August 2022
Venue: Madya Senayan Stadium, Jakarta, Indonesia
Kick-off: 3pm (local); 6pm (AEST)

Cambodia U-16 v Australia U-16
Date: Friday, 5 August 2022
Venue: Madya Senayan Stadium, Jakarta, Indonesia
Kick-off: 3pm (local); 6pm (AEST)

Malaysia U-16 v Australia U-16
Date: Monday, 8 August 2022
Venue: Patriot Candrabhaga Stadium, Jakarta, Indonesia
Kick-off: 3pm (local); 6pm (AEST)