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Gary van Egmond has left his role with the Matildas to become the Head Coach of the Young Socceroos.

Appointed as a Matildas Assistant Coach in 2015, van Egmond was also the Head Coach of the Young Matildas. He led the Young Matildas to the semi finals of the 2017 AFC Under-19 Championship, and earlier this year guided them to qualification for the 2019 AFC Under-19 Championship.

FFA Head of National Teams Luke Casserly said that Van Egmond’s experience with the Young Matildas was a major factor in his appointment.

“We wanted to appoint someone who had experience at international level with junior teams, someone who had experience in navigating a difficult qualification path across Asia and someone who had a strong understanding of our junior development programs,” said Casserly.

Eric is a writer for Beyond 90 covering the Western Sydney Wanderers, Sydney FC, Matildas and Young Matildas. A former Community Department intern with the Wanderers, Eric has spent the last two W-League seasons writing for The Women’s Game, while still finding time to help produce digital content for the Wanderers youth team. He is also an avid follower of both the NPL NSW competition and the NSW Futsal Premier League.