Six Sydney FC Academy players selected in Australian U17’s

Six Sydney FC Academy prospects have been selected for the Australian U17 Men’s squad which will be travelling to Melbourne for a two week training camp ahead of the 2023 AFC U17 Asian Cup.

Congratulations to goalkeeper Gus Hoefsloot, defender Jacob McLachlan, midfielders Lachlan Middleton & Tiago Quintal and attackers Jacob Brazete & Pearson Kasawaya, who make up 1/5th of the 30 man squad.

This camp will be coach Brad Maloney’s first since being appointed Joeys’ Head Coach last month, and will run from Saturday, 17 September through until Friday, 30 September before a 23-player squad is named to represent Australia at the Qualifiers to be contested in Shepparton (VIC) from 5 – 9 October 2022.


Whilst an Australian U-16 representative team recently participated in an AFF tournament in Indonesia, the AFC U-17 Asian Cup 2023™ Qualifiers will be the first international activity for the Joeys’ program since 2019, where Australia will face China PR, Cambodia, and Northern Mariana Islands in Group G as they look to qualify for the AFC U-17 Asian Cup 2023™ scheduled for May.

To qualify for the AFC Asian Cup 2023™, a team needs to top their respective Group or be one of the five best placed Group runners-up. From the AFC Asian Cup 2023™ – where the host country/dates are TBA – the top four teams from this tournament will qualify for the 2023 FIFA U-17 World Cup™ as the AFC representatives.

Match Schedule – Group G of the AFC U-17 Asian Cup 2023™ Qualifiers

7:30pm, 5 Oct 2022Australia vs Northern Mariana IslandsShepparton Sports City Precinct
7:30pm, 7 Oct 2022Cambodia vs AustraliaShepparton Sports City Precinct
3:00pm, 9 Oct 2022Australia vs China PRShepparton Sports City Precinct

For the full squad, please click here.