How Ange is future proofing the Socceroos

National team coach Ange Postecoglou's close work with FFA Technical Director Eric Abrams is developing future Aussie stars long before they hit the ranks of the Socceroos.

Postecoglou is now a teacher and advisor to the youth team coaches from U17s to the Socceroos. The idea is make the pathways for elite footballers more streamlined.

“An important part of my role as national head coach is to work with the junior national team coaches and support staff to ensure we have consistency throughout our national teams,” Postecoglou said.

“This will provide an environment whereby we can create a culture and philosophy so players can move seamlessly through the teams and feel comfortable and competent when they take the next step through their development.

“This involves mentoring the junior national team coaches, providing them with the structures and information to replicate what we do with the Socceroos and, most importantly, bring them into Socceroos camps when possible so they can witness the way we do things and take an active role in the delivery.”

Abrams previously worked at the Belgium FA for 15 years. It was there the 58-year-old trained many of the Belgium coaches at the national trainer’s school. That youth system now sees Belgium’s national team number one in the FIFA rankings.

Abrams believes that the uniformed approach will help the young players coming through Australia’s national teams adapt quicker.

“We need to and want to have an alignment and that is the big advantage we have with Ange Postecoglou as our head coach in the national team,” he said.

“If an U16 National Youth League player comes into the Joeys, then goes to the Young Socceroos then Olyroos he feels like he is in the same environment. He feels we are all on the same page. The only difference is there is a different coach and he can have his personal approach to his players but playing style and playing philosophy and the support around the teams is the same.

“My role in this is to help support our coaches in the national teams together with Ange, and to be in the same page and in a short period we are trying to bring everyone together on the same page.”

Con Stamocostas is an Australian football writer. Click here to see more of his work and check out the latest episode of his A-League Snobcast with co-host Rob Toddler.