Usain Bolt's first game in Yellow and Navy isn't the only reason the eyes of Australian Soccer are on the Central Coast this weekend.
Twenty-four aspiring Australian footballers will convene here tomorrow for the start of a Young Socceroos training camp in preparation for the 2018 AFC U19 Championship in Indonesia.
It will include practice matches against Hyundai A-League opposition.
The time that Ante Milicic’s squad spends together north of Sydney will be the first of two Australia-based camps that will be held prior to the AFC U19 Championship later this year. A Young Socceroos selection will also train on the Sunshine Coast at the end of this month.
Milicic’s Young Socceroos squad for this camp includes 21 players currently aligned to Hyundai A-League clubs, including the Mariners' own Peter Kekeris.
Three other players – Ben Folami, Jacob Young, and Dylan Ryan – are contracted to clubs in England.
The Young Socceroos’ 2018 AFC U19 Championship challenge will commence on Friday, October 19 against Korea Republic at the Patriot Candrabaga Stadium in Bekasi. Three days later Milicic’s men will return to the same venue to take on Vietnam, before meeting Jordan at the Pakandari Stadium in Cibinong six days later.
Australia will need to finish first or second in Group C to advance to the Quarter Finals. To seal safe passage to Poland, the Young Socceroos must reach the Semi-Finals.