FFA launches global search for next technical director

Football Federation Australia (FFA) has launched a global search for the next technical director to oversee the game's elite youth development.

The successful candidate will replace Han Berger, who has held the position since 2008 and will leave the job after the 2014 FIFA World Cup to join Sydney FC.

Sports Recruitment International (SRI) has been appointed to manage a global search.

FFA CEO David Gallop said a review identified youth technical development as a key area for improvement for Australian football.

"The new structure will see a technical director with particular focus and responsibility for elite player development up to 16 years of age for males and females and coach education for those working in these age groups," said Gallop.

"From 17 years of age onwards, the national teams will have the primary role in close consultation with the technical department of developing elite players who will ultimately represent the Socceroos and Matildas.

"This will broaden the scope of Ange Postecoglou's role as head coach of the Socceroos and the same will apply for the long-term Matildas Head Coach.

"This structure gives us a lot of confidence that Australia will produce generations of elite youth players with the right technical development."

Gallop hailed the achievements of outgoing Technical Director Berger in delivering a world-class national curriculum for youth development in Australia.

“The national curriculum is a hugely important piece of work, both on the philosophy and practical coaching of football," Gallop said. "This provides a very solid platform for the new technical director.

"Han created an outstanding legacy for Australian football through his mentoring of the national youth teams' players and coaches, the creation of an integrated National Talented Player Pathway and the restructuring of coach education.”

FFA said it seeks to develop a football culture ingrained with unique Australian characteristics and produce technically gifted Australian players from an elite player pathway, based on world’s best practice.

“Our commitment to find the best candidate is demonstrated by hiring SRI, which has an exceptional track record in sports recruitment,” Gallop said.

SRI’s Global Performance practice has managed the recruitment of technical and high p erformance roles for a number of international federations and associations, both in Australia and overseas.