Milicic to take the helm of new club Macarthur FC


Matildas coach Ante Milicic has been unveiled as the inaugural coach of Macarthur FC, the newly-named club set to enter the A-League in the 2020-21 season.

Former Socceroo Milicic will take up the reins of the third Sydney-based club after guiding the Matildas through this year's FIFA Women's World Cup and the Tokyo 2020 Olympics, when his national contract expires.

"The timing was right for me," said Milicic, who relished to challenge posed with a start-up club.

Previously a Socceroos assistant coach, 45-year-old Milicic believed his international experience, including World Cups, would stand him in good stead at the helm of an A-League team.

When it was voted into the A-League back in December, the bidding group was known as Macarthur South West Sydney, a nod to the names of two separate bidders, who ultimately joined forces.

Macarthur FC will play at a refurbished Campbelltown Stadium, with their training headquarters to be based at a Centre of Excellence, which is being constructed.

As reported by The World Game earlier this month, the new side's logo includes a bull and team colours of black, white and ocre.

Macarthur FC represents a classical rather than original football name to be added to the A-League, which was decided following extensive community consultation.

The logo featuring a bull and three stars of the Southern Cross symbolises football's links with the grassroots football community, the National Premier League and the A-League.

The Macarthur region has also been the childhood home of at least 20 Socceroos and 10 Matildas players with a combined games total of 600 for the Socceroos and 433 for the Matildas.

Five men and five women from the area have played in at least one World Cup, with Brett Emerton and Heather Garriock each having reached a century of national team appearances.

Source AAP