Socceroos coach Graham Arnold has a “burning ambition” to problem for main titles after extending his tenure till 2026.
Soccer Australia confirmed on Monday that Arnold had signed a brand new deal to stay accountable for the Socceroos till the top of the 2026 World Cup.
The contract, reported value $1.6 million, may even contain Arnold offering mentorship to the coaches of Australia’s males’s youth nationwide groups, help FA’s chief soccer Officer Ernie Merrick with expertise identification and pathways, and work with FA “to make sure soccer – grassroots to the elite – has entry to the perfect services and infrastructure”.
“Along with success on the sector over the subsequent 4 years, I need to assist ship outcomes for soccer within the type of bespoke infrastructure for our sport throughout Australia,” Arnold mentioned.
“Soccer is the world sport, the place for a rustic of 26 million folks, we actually overachieve based mostly upon the funding and funding our sport receives.
“For our sport to not have a nationwide house of soccer, and for the Socceroos to not obtain any high-performance funding is one thing I need to help Soccer Australia to resolve over the subsequent 4 years.
“As we noticed, a profitable FIFA World Cup marketing campaign unites and conjures up all Australians like nothing else does, and it’s within the nationwide curiosity to help each our senior nationwide soccer groups”.
Below Arnold, the Socceroos final 12 months reached the knockout phases of a World Cup finals match for the primary time since 2006, and it took eventual champions Argentina to finish their memorable Qatar 2022 run.
“I like Australia and I like Australian soccer, and nothing in soccer can ever match the elation, delight and sense of accomplishment, I and your entire set-up felt in Qatar,” Arnold mentioned.
“The starvation to proceed within the position has by no means been stronger and I do know I’ve extra to present to the Socceroos’ program and Australian soccer, the place I need to ship extra smiles for our followers as we did in Qatar.
“I strategy the subsequent 4 years with a clear sheet, which is underpinned by a burning ambition to offer extra alternatives to our main rising and established expertise, while difficult for main titles beginning with the AFC Asian Cup in Qatar subsequent 12 months.”
FA chairman Chris Nikou mentioned: “What Graham and your entire squad achieved below essentially the most difficult of circumstances over the last FIFA World Cup marketing campaign was distinctive, and we’re delighted that we have now secured his companies for an additional 4 years.
“Soccer Australia is formidable, the place we count on continued progress and outcomes from our senior and youth nationwide groups, and thru our discussions with Graham over current weeks, we all know our pondering is aligned on the longer term route of Australian soccer and the Socceroos.”
Soccer Australia chief govt officer James Johnson mentioned Arnold and the Socceroos had united the nation “like by no means earlier than” with their efficiency in Qatar, which included wins over Tunisia and Denmark.
“Graham has contributed to a few of Australian soccer‘s most iconic moments however his exploits because the Socceroos head coach have propelled him right into a league of his personal.
“Below Graham‘s tenure, the Socceroos had been in a position to ship world-class performances and nurture the subsequent technology of gamers.
“He cares deeply about Australian soccer, and we’re thrilled that he has dedicated to Soccer Australia to assist us proceed to deliver our imaginative and prescient for the sport to life.”