Socceroo legend Harry Kewell: “Players will see through coaches who don’t believe in what they’re doing”

Harry Kewell

To celebrate the launch of Football Coaches Australia and XVenture’s recently announced international partnership with Global Institute of Sport, FCA’s ‘Football Coaching Life’ series this week features Gary Cole conversing with Celtic FC Assistant Coach and Socceroo great Harry Kewell.

Often cited as the greatest footballer Australia has ever produced, Kewell triumphantly earned several trophies and individual accolades across stints with Leeds United, Liverpool, Galatasaray, and in the A-Leagues where he crossed the divide between rivals Melbourne Victory and Melbourne Heart. Furthermore, Kewell was a recipient of the Order of Australia Medal in 2016 in acknowledgement of his achievements in football.

Speaking with fellow Socceroo legend Gary Cole on ‘The Football Coaching Life’ podcast, Kewell spoke on his transition from playing to coaching and his beginnings as Watford’s Under-23s coach where he described his role.

“It wasn’t about me producing a way to play football, it was about me progressing my players into the first team,” he said.

Following successive stints as manager of Crawley Town, Notts County, Oldham Athletic and Barnet across England’s Football League Two and National League, Kewell has arrived as an assistant coach to Ange Postecoglou at Celtic.

Kewell discussed the importance of having an original identity as a coach, his journey in the world of football, and his pure love for coaching.

“I absolutely love coaching more than I played… it’s one of the best feelings in the world. That you have coached your football team to cross the white line, and you have taught them ideas throughout the whole week, and they have gone out there and executed them perfect, and they have got their reward…YES! YES!”

‘The Football Coaching Life’ with Harry Kewell can be listened to here.

Harry Kewell

Football Queensland and Roar Football in the Community program to capitalise on growth

Football Queensland (FQ) have announced a partnership with A-League staple Brisbane Roar as the member federation continues to build towards their 2026 strategic growth plan.

The two organisations have combined to launch a community incentive, titled ‘Football Queensland and Roar Football in the Community’.

As a result of the collaboration, it is an Australian first – as no club across the country has experienced a feat  which is being exhibited in Queensland between the Roar and governing body.

This gound-breaking alliance has effectively reinforced the established relationship between the state and one of the country’s most renowned football clubs, drawing emphasis upon the strategy of building upon the ongoing development and support of football within Queensland.

Football Queensland and Roar Football in the Community will deliver a vast variety of grassroots football clinics, sessions, events and community engagement programs to young aspiring boy and girl participants.

FQ CEO Robert Cavallucci disclosed his assertiveness in FQ hitting the 2026 strategy plan, with the newly found partnership a step in the right direction.

“Combining our strong ties to the grassroots football community with Brisbane Roar’s connection to football fans across the state ensures we can implement best practice delivery methods to unite the game in Queensland,” he said via media release.

Brisbane Roar FC Chairman & CEO Kaz Patafta discussed his admiration towards the expansion of the Club’s reach in the new state wide opportunity.

“We’re delighted to expand Brisbane Roar FC’s reach throughout the Queensland football community as we continue working collaboratively with Football Queensland to pave the way for innovative and strategic opportunities for the game,” he added via press release.

This community program intends on introducing young boys and girls to the sport of football, in attempts to increase participation numbers.

It is a strict objective in which FQ are adamant in achieving, all in accordance to their 2024-2026 Development Strategy.

Additionally, the programs created are crafted for children across the state of Queensland, with a database featured on the community program website, allowing parents to navigate the closest programs within their respective area of the state.

Schools are also invited to become involved – find out more about Football in the Community here:

Football Coaches Australia presents: The Modern Requirements of Midfield players

Football Coaches Australia (FCA), together with renowned UEFA Pro Licence Coach Martin Hunter, will host the online event: The Modern Requirements of Midfield players (Technically/Tactically/Physically/Mentally).

Held from 7:30pm AEST on Monday, May 20, the online event will focus on the essential skills and qualities needed for a midfielder to succeed in today’s game.

Split into four key elements that make up midfield play, attendees will learn about the technical skills needed to excel on the field, the tactical awareness required to control the game, the physical attributes necessary to dominate the midfield, and the mental toughness needed to thrive under pressure.

Martin is one of the best coach educators in the game, with his internationally acknowledged coaching and football management expertise that has helped to develop players, coaches and managers.

He is also vastly experienced at professional club and national governing body levels as Director of Coaching and National Coach – which has seen him develop coaching and scouting systems used in national and international models of excellence.

Martin has worked at Southampton FC in a variety of roles that included Technical Director, as well as Watford FC, Norwich FC and Stoke City as First Team Coach. He was involved in the English FA as a Coaching Mentor and a Regional Coach and has consulted widely throughout Europe.

This online session will contribute 1 hour of FA approved CPD and is free for FCA members.

This is an opportunity not to be missed to dominate the middle of the park.

You can register via the link here:

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