“With the majority of the players coming from the AIS, I am very confident that we have the right group of players to achieve our goals at the AFC U-16 Championship, said Versleijen

“Unfortunately, two years ago we didn’t qualify for the FIFA U-17 World Cup, so our first goal is to do well in the group stage and then in the quarter finals to make the top four.

“Playing competitive matches at these tournaments is very important for the development of these players and we are looking forward to the challenge ahead.”

The Qantas Joeys qualified for the AFC U-16 Championship after winning the Group H qualification tournament over Laos and Malaysia which was held in Canberra last year.

The Qantas Joeys have been drawn in Group C of the tournament and play their first match against Timor Leste on Monday 25 October (kick-off 7:00pm local, 1:00am AEDT), and then face Vietnam on Wednesday 27 October (kick-off 7:00pm local, 1:00am AEDT) before their final group match against Japan on Friday 29 October (kick-off 1.00pm local, 7:00pm AEDT).

The top two teams from each group then advance to the quarter-finals on Monday 1 November, with the winners progressing to the semi-finals which will be held on Thursday 4 November. The final will be played on Sunday 7 November (kick-off 2:00pm local, 8.00pm AEDT).

The top four team’s (the semi-finalists) will qualify for the FIFA U17 World Cup 2011 which will be held Mexico from the 18 June – 10 July.

The Qantas Joeys will depart Australia on Monday October 18 for a short training camp in Dubai before heading to Uzbekistan on October 22 to prepare for their opening match of the tournament.

QANTAS JOEYS SQUAD

AFC U-16 CHAMPIONSHIP - UZBEKISTAN 2010

Player

Club or Institute

Nicholas ANSELL

Melbourne Victory

Kwabena BOAHENE

AIS

Corey BROWN

AIS

Samuel CHAPPLE

NSWIS

Connor CHAPMAN

AIS

Milos DEGENEK

AIS

Giancarlo GALLIFUOCO

AIS

Benjamin GARUCCIO

SASI

Paul IZZO

AIS

Jesse MAKAROUNAS

AIS

Jacob MELLING

SASI

Jake MONACO

AIS

Hayden MORTON

NSWIS

Brodie PATERSON

AIS

Yianni PERKATIS

AIS

Anthony PROIA

AIS

Luke REMINGTON

NNSWIS

Daniel SADAKA

SUTHERLAND SHARKS

Lachlan TIBBLES

AIS

Abe WHEELHOUSE

NNSWIS

Jakob WILLIAMS

ACTAS

Riley WOODCOCK

WAIS

Kwame YEBOAH

QAS