Adelaide United Women Head Coach, Ivan Karlović, is back for a third season in charge and determined to secure a finals berth that has eluded the side.
The Reds experienced a record-breaking season last year which included their highest points tally in a campaign.
However, they heartbreakingly missed on the top four by a point.
And with such a long time off between seasons, Karlović intimated it can be difficult to remain patient when the break is extremely long.
“The difference for us is our offseason is so long,” Karlović said at the Club’s 2019/20 Season Launch at the Adelaide Convention Centre.
“So where the pre-season is long for the men our offseason is seven months so it’s a challenge.”
The AUFC Women boss has been at the helm since the 2017/18 campaign and has established a strong team culture, based on hard work and fighting for each other on the pitch.
Karlović has brought a sense of stability to the team following his arrival which also enabled him to implement a consistent playing style, while retaining the core of the squad.
Reds quartet, Emily Condon, Georgia Campagnale, Emily Hodgson, and Chelsie Dawber have all re-signed for the upcoming campaign, while Adelaide welcomed two new additions in Matildas prodigy Mary Fowler and her older sister, Young Matildas midfielder, Ciara.
Although, one player that will not be back is Emma Checker, with the outgoing Reds Captain remaining in Melbourne due to work commitments.
Karlović was confident the players that have experienced a few seasons in the competition to make the step up and become natural leaders.
“We have got a lot of young girls that have been at the Club for a while now,” he said.
“So for me they’ve been in the W-League for three to four years and I don’t consider them young players anymore and they need to step up.”
FFA Cup Final 2019 Ticketing details
- Friday, 4 October 2019: 12:00pm (ACST) – Adelaide United Members presale (including same seat)
- Friday, 4 October 2019: 12:00pm (ACST) – Melbourne City FC Members presale
- Tuesday 8 October 2019: 3:00pm (ACDT) – Football Family Presale
- Wednesday 9 October 2019: 9:00am (ACDT)- General Public on sale