Academy Director


When Sydney FC decided to build its own Youth Academy, the Board identified Kelly Cross as their ideal Academy Director based on his impressive CV.

Cross, former Assistant National Technical Director of Australia, exceeded all the requirements in the five critical areas:

Cross is one of Australian Football’s most successful producers of young talent and is tasked with producing the next generation of Sydney FC players. He will look to provide talented young players with an elite pathway to aspire to become professional footballers. He will play a key role in establishing and implementing Sydney FC’s long-term philosophy, playing style and youth training program.

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Players produced progressing to National Team and/or professional careers: 

  • Harry Kewell (Westfield Sports High, NSWIS) 
  • Brett Emerton (NSWIS)
  • Mark Bresciano (National U-20 Training Camps)
  • Vince Grella (National U-20 Training Camps)
  • Jason Culina (Westfield Sports High, State Teams) 
  • Luke Wilkshire (NSWIS) 
  • Brett Holman (NSWIS)
  • David Carney (Westfield Sports High, NSWIS, State Teams) 
  • Scott McDonald (Australia U-17 1997-99)
  • Josh Kennedy (Australia U-17 1997-99) 
  • Simon Colosimo (National U-20 Training Camps)
  • Archie Thompson (NSWIS)
  • Nathan Burns (NSWIS)
  • Michael Beauchamp (Westfield Sports High)
  • Alex Brosque (Westfield Sports High) 
  • Paul Reid (NSWIS)
  • Jade North (Australia U-17 1997-99) 
  • Aaron Mooy (NSWIS) 
  • Sebastian Ryall (NSWIS)