World Football Specialist Program


Course Objectives

  • To improve playing performance of players aged 11 to 16 years
  • To compete successfully in State Knockout and Saturday morning competitions
  • To promote an elite football culture through the provision of improved coaching and development programs identifying/coaching 'patterns of play'
  • To adopt best practice in all areas of program development, administration and management
  • To develop an understanding of how players learn, and related issues in sports science
  • To realise and maximise students full potential in football

Course Structure

Gleeson College's program has a focus on development through learning at the highest level. 

We focus on:

  • Individual ball skills training
  • SAQ Speed, Agility and Quickness training (Quick feet movement improved coordination and fast twitch training)
  • Finishing drills Improve awareness and technique in the penalty box
  • Team related tactical knowledge Group plays and small-sided games
  • Fitness, strength and stamina Testings
  • Pre-match preparation skills including dietary requirements and post-match recovery techniques
  • Football Sports Science
  • Player self assessment manuals

Future Pathways

Successful completion of the course will provide opportunities to pursue:

  • Careers in Professional and Semi-Professional Football
  • Coaching
  • Refereeing
  • Work in Sport and Recreation
  • Further and higher education

Gleeson World Football Program Graduates

Many of our program graduates have continued their pursuit of excellence on the field and now play professional football, both here in Australia and abroad!

  • Grace Abbey - Adelaide United FC (Westfield W-League) / Heidelberg United FC (NPLW Victoria)
  • Georgia Campagnale - Adelaide United FC (Westfield W-League)
  • Craig Goodwin - Abha on loan from Al-Wehda FC (Saudi Pro League) / Adelaide United FC (Hyundai A-League) / Sparta Rotterdam (Eredivisie) / Melbourne Hearts FC (Hyundai A-League)
  • Jordan Elsey - Adelaide United FC (Hyundai A-League)
  • Bradden Inman - ATK Mohun Bagan FC (India) / Brisbane Roar (Hyundai A-League) / Rochdale AFC on loan from Peterborough United FC (League One) / Crewe Alexandra (Football League One, UK) / Newcastle United FC (English Premier League)
  • Ryan McGowan - Sydney FC (Hyundai A-League) / Bradford City FC (EFL League One) / Australian Socceroos / Guizhou Hengfeng Zhicheng (Chinese Super League) / Heart of Midlothian FC (Scottish Premier League)
  • Dylan McGowan - Western Sydney Wanderers (Hyundai A-League) / Vendsyssell FF (Danish Superliga) / Pacos de Ferreira (Portugal Primeira Liga) / Adelaide United FC (Hyundai A-League) / Heart of Midlothian FC (Scottish Premier League)
  • Alex Mullen - Campbelltown City SC (NPL Adelaide) / Sydney FC (Hyundai A-League) / Mars Hill College (USA)
  • Daniel Mullen - Campbelltown City SC (NPL Adelaide) / Wellington Phoenix (Hyundai A-League) / Newcastle Jets FC (Hyundai A-League) / Dalian Aerbin FC (Chinese Super League) / Western Sydney Wanderers (Hyundai A-League) / Adelaide United FC (Hyundai A-League)
  • Matthew Mullen - Campbelltown City SC (NPL Adelaide)  /  Adelaide United FC (Hyundai A-League)
  • Dion Kirk - Campbelltown City SC (NPL Adelaide), Bentleigh Greens SC (NPL Victoria), Adelaide United FC (Youth Team)