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Perth, Western Australia
Alistair Edwards is a former professional football player from Australia who has made a successful transition to coaching.
Alistair currently is engaged in various projects with the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) and Football Federation Australia (FFA). These include Technical Study Group (TSG) Analysis of AFC competitions including the AFC Champions League, coach education courses for both the AFC and FFA and scouting international opponents for the Socceroo's upcoming fixtures.
As a coach he has extensive experience with both men’s and women's football having spent over a decade with various National teams in Australia. Alistair first foray into coaching was a 5 year Head Coaching role as the Head Coach of the WA National Training Centre Program. In 2002 he was appointed Assistant Coach of the Young Matildas, Australia’s U/19 Women’s football team. The following year the team qualified for the FIFA U/19 Women's World Championship in Thailand and after this tournament Alistair progressed to become Head Coach of the Australian team at the AFC U/19 Women's Championships in Malaysia where they become the first Australia team to qualify for a FIFA World Championship since joining the AFC. The FIFA U/20 Women's World Championship was held in Russia in 2006.
After the Russia FIFA World Championship Alistair assumed the Head Coaching Role with the Promising Matildas (comparable to the men's Olympic team) winning the ASEAN Championship in Vietnam in 2008 and acted as the Matildas Assistant coach in tournaments in Japan and China in 2009.
Alistair next assignment was the Assistant Coach role with the men's U/20 team (Young Socceroos), he was appointed to this role at the end of 2009.
In 2011 Alistair was appointed to the Head Coach position of the Australian U/17 team (Next Young Socceroos) combining this role with that of National Assistant Technical Director.
In March 2013, Alistair was ‘loaned’ from his role of at FFA to take up the role of Head Coach of Perth Glory in the Hyundai A-League, this appointment was initially on an interim ‘end of season’ basis. In seven weeks Alistair guided the team from last position to make the finals and as a result in May 2013, Perth Glory made the move permanent.
Edwards completed his Pro Diploma coaching qualification in 2011.
Alongside the consultancy projects with the AFC and FFA Alistair has recently worked as a football analyst/pundit for Sin