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Sep 28, 2019   |  12:32PM AET

Karlović expecting players to step up ahead of Westfield W-League campaign

Karlović expecting players to step up ahead of Westfield W-League campaign

Adelaide United 2019/20 Membership

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.

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“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.

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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

Coopers Stadium

  • 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

Adelaide United v Sydney FC Hyundai A-League 2019/20 Round 1