Football Federation Australia (FFA) today announced that the highly respected Alen Stajcic has been appointed Head Coach of the Westfield Matildas.
Stajcic has been appointed to lead the Westfield Matildas through the upcoming FIFA Women’s World Cup (2015) and Olympic Games (2016) campaigns after steering the Matildas to the final of the 2014 AFC Women’s Asian Cup as the caretaker coach.
“It’s an honour to be appointed as full time head coach of the Westfield Matildas,” Stajcic said. “I enjoyed the experience of working with the playing group at the Asian Cup earlier this year and I’m grateful to the FFA for giving me this opportunity.
“I’m excited about the future of the women’s football and look forward to working hard with the playing group to ensure the Matildas succeed on the international stage.
“The Matildas are entering a busy but exciting period with the World Cup in Canada (June 2015) closely followed by the 2016 Olympic Games qualifiers and then the Olympic Games in Rio over the next 18 months.
“There is no doubt we face an important phase but we have a very talented young group of players and I’m confident that with hard work we will be able to do Australia proud.”
FFA CEO David Gallop congratulated Stajcic following an exhaustive process that saw him appointed from an impressive list of Australian and international coaches.
“I’d like to congratulate Alen Stajcic on his appointment,” Gallop said. “He did a tremendous job to take the team to the final of the Asian Cup earlier this year at short notice. There were difficult circumstances that led to the early termination of the previous coach’s contract and we are certain he will continue to improve the team in a positive environment.
“FFA undertook a long interview process to ensure we appointed the best possible person for the job. We had credible applicants from all over the world but our senior management and the Football Development Committee agreed that Alen was the best person to lead the Matildas into the future.”
Stajcic will continue to coach Sydney FC in the Westfield W-League in the short term to ensure a smooth transition for the Sky Blues.
“I’d like to thank Sydney FC for allowing me to take up this opportunity and I will work through a transition period to make sure there is minimal disruption while starting my work with the Matildas.”
ALEN STAJCIC RESUME
2002-2004 NSW Sapphires (women’s team)
2006-2009 Westfield U20 Young Matildas Head Coach
2008/09 Sydney FC women’s 4th place semi finalists
2009/10 Sydney FC women’s Premiers Champions
2010/11 Sydney FC women’s Premiers grand finalists
2011/12 Sydney FC women’s 3rd place semi finalists
2012/13 Sydney FC women’s 4th place Champions
2013 Sydney FC women’s 3rd place in FIFA Club World Championships
2013/14 Sydney FC women’s 2nd place semi finalists