A-League players dominate Young Socceroos squad

Young Socceroos Head Coach Paul Okon has named a 23-player squad for the upcoming AFC U-19 Championship qualifiers in Laos.

Okon has selected 15 players from Hyundai A-League clubs, four from the NPL clubs and four overseas-based players.

The news follows the announcement that A-League clubs will also lose players for the start of the 2015-16 season to Olyroos duty.

“This is the start of this group’s World Cup journey,” Okon said. “It will be a difficult challenge, especially with Japan in our group.

“We have had a number of camps and training matches together and the boys know the type of football we want to play.

“The challenge now is to perform under tournament conditions.”

The Young Socceroos will open their Group J campaign against the Philippines on Friday October 2, then Laos two days later before tackling Japan on Tuesday October 6.

The 10 group winners and five best second-placed teams will qualify for the AFC U-19 Championships while hosts Bahrain received an automatic qualification (total 16 teams).

The top 4 teams from the AFC U-19 Championship then qualify for the FIFA U-20 World Cup 2017 in the Korea Republic.

Young Socceroos Squad

Daniel ALESSI Western Sydney Wanderers FC

Adam BERRY Central Coast Mariners

Nicholas D'AGOSTINO Brisbane Roar FC

Caio DE GODOY Emerging Jets Squad

Thomas DENG Melbourne Victory

Cameron DEVLIN Western Sydney Wanderers FC

Patrick FLOTTMAN Blacktown City (NSW)

Alusine FOFANAH Western Sydney Wanderers FC

Alex GERSBACH                Sydney FC

Thomas GLOVER Tottenham Hotspur, England

Jordan HOLMES                AFC Bournemouth, England

Steve KUZMANOVSKI Melbourne City FC

Daniel MARGUSH Adelaide United

George MELLS Adelaide United

William MUTCH Blacktown Spartans (NSW)

Connor O'TOOLE Seiritsu Gakuen Tokyo, Japan

Dejan PANDUREVIC Manly United FC (NSW)

Lachlan ROBERTS Western Sydney Wanderers FC

Liam ROSE Central Coast Mariners

Mario SHABOW, Western Sydney Wanderers FC

George TIMOTHEOU, Blacktown City (NSW)

Brandon WILSON, Burnley FC, England

Liam YOULLEY, Western Sydney Wanderers FC

Match Schedule – All matches to be held at the National Sports Complex Stadium in Vientiane

October 2, 2015

Australia v Philippines, 4pm (7pm (AEST)

Japan v Laos, 7pm (10pm AEST)

October 4

Philippines v Japan 4pm (8pm AEDT)

Laos v Australia 7pm (11pm AEDT)

October 6

Japan v Australia 4pm (8pm AEDT)

Philippines v Laos 7pm (11pm AEDT)