Socceroos great Harry Kewell has called on Football Federation Australia (FFA) to allow junior players to be more expressive.
Kewell, who is arguably Australia’s greatest football export, believes the current youth development system in place in Australia is vastly different to what he and many other ‘Golden Generation’ Socceroos products experienced.
The Watford under-23 manager is the latest critic of Australian youth development, following on from South Melbourne icon Con Boutsianis, among others, who slammed the governing body’s national curriculum in February.
Speaking exclusively on Thursday’s Daily Football Show, Kewell said he is eager to see youth development become less rigid.
“Do I see in the youth system now in Australia the way I got brought up, the way I got taught football?” Kewell said.
“Not at all, not at all.
“Do I see the way the way (Mark) Viduka got brought up? Do I see (Brett) Emerton? (Mark) Schwarzer? (Zeljko) Kalac? (Craig) Moore? (Kevin) Muscat? Do I see that? I don’t see that anymore. I see a different approach.
“The thing about us as Australians, we’re very raw with our talent.
“I think if we can kind of let us express ourselves a lot more, don’t put restrictions on us, I think then we’ll get a lot more people, one, enjoying the game, but we’ll see a lot more talent coming up.”
LISTEN to Thursday’s Daily Football Show at 4pm AEDT to catch the FULL chat with Harry Kewell.