Monthly Archives: October 2022

Australia’s First Socceroos World Cup Coach, Rale Rasic, visits Newcastle

Rale Rasic & U18s Newcastle Jet George Tsamouras (2)

Rale Rasic & U18s Newcastle Jets player George Tsamouras

The legendary Rale Rasic, Australia’s first Socceroos World Cup Coach was in Newcastle over the weekend, invited to a coaching clinic by Northern NSW NPL side Valentine Eleebana FC.

Rale Rasic led the Socceroos to the 1974 World Cup in West Germany at a time when the World Cup finals were contested by 16 finalists, compared to 32 of today, and when Australian soccer players all played locally and were part-timers!

Rasic immigrated to Australia in 1962, played football in the Victorian league and was appointed national coach in 1970 at just 26 years of age. He coached Australia in 58 international matches from 1970 to 1974 and masterminded Australia’s qualification and participation at the 1974 FIFA World Cup.

In 1974 Rasic was listed among the top 34 coaches in the world by German Soccer expert Fritz Hack and in 1977 and 1987 he was voted the national league coach of the year. In 1989 he was inducted into the Sport Australia Hall of Fame and in 2004 was awarded the Medal of the Order of Australia for his service to soccer as a player, a coach and administrator.

This was the background of the now 87-year-old Rale who took time out to speak to U18s Newcastle Jets player George Tsamouras and myself about his illustrious football journey. In the half hour spent, we covered the two Newcastle players, Ray Baartz and Col Curran who were part of the 1974 squad, his memory of meeting with the legendary captain of Brazil, Socrates, as well as memories of the highs and lows of 51 years of service to Australia!

We wish Rale a happy stay in Newcastle and hope he returns to us again in the future. It was an absolute honour to have met this icon of Australian football.

Source: Tom Tsamouras


Newcastle Jets Academy begin their pre-season programme for 2023 on Monday 31st October


2022 U16s

2022 U16s Jets Premiers & Grand Final winners

After a four week break the Newcastle Jets Academy begin their pre-season programme for the 2023 season on Monday! The champion U16s squad have all been retained and moved up to the U18s age division. Only two players from this group have not been included in this squad. One remains in the u16s age group and the other joins the u20s age group.

Training begins on Monday morning 31st October and finishes on Sunday 18th December before a short break over the Christmas period. Training during this period will be held at LMRFF, Ray Watt oval and University No2.

The first two weekends include intra club games while in the remaining weeks trial matches against Central Coast Mariners, Edgeworth Eagles, Weston, Sydney Olympic and Rydalmere FC.

New challenges lay ahead particularly in the Youth League One division that the Academy has gained promotion!

Let the 2023 journey begin and good luck to all the players, coaching staff and their families.

Source: Tom Tsamouras