Football SA | CEO Memo | Adelaide United FC Head of Youth Development

Dear All 

Football South Australia congratulates its outgoing Technical Director, Airton Andrioli, on his appointment as Adelaide United FC Head of Youth Development. 

A core strategic priority of Football South Australia is to support the advanced technical development of young boys and girls in our state. The report released by the Professional Footballers Association and the subsequent joint statement made with the Adelaide United Football Club demonstrates how strongly Football SA’s pathway programs in the state are performing. The success is the result of consistency in program delivery together with the recruitment of quality coaches in both the boys and girls pathway programs. 

Notwithstanding significant funding pressures, the continuation of community and technical programs is seen as a critical strategic priority for Football South Australia and we will continue to run these programs in a professional and leading-edge way. We will also continue to encourage a pathway for coaches, and we are delighted that former NTC Head Coach Carl Veart and now Airton Andrioli all have key roles with Adelaide United Football Club. 

Football SA’s Pathway programs will continue in their current form in 2021 and into the future. Close links and collaboration with the Adelaide United will continue to evolve and the relationship will continue to strengthen for the good of the game in the state. Having South Australian talent representing the nation is an important aspiration, however local talent in the A-League and W-League are seen as critical indicators of successful Football SA programs. Football South Australia appreciates the support of the South Australian State Government as well as our clubs and associations in the state. The game has shown significant resilience in 2020.

Kind regards 

Michael Carter