Sydney, July 19
Ante Milicic has resigned as coach of the Australian girls’s soccer staff to focus on his job as A-League enlargement membership Macarthur FC’s inaugural coach.
The former Socceroos striker was named Matildas’ head coach in February of final 12 months, taking on for Alen Stajcic after Stajcic was fired by Football Federation Australia a month earlier.
Milicic led Australia’s nationwide staff to qualify for the 2020 Olympic Games and ít made the spherical of 16 on the 2019 Women’s World Cup in France.
In May of 2019, he was introduced as Macarthur FC coach on a three-year deal, together with his tenure to start on the conclusion of the Tokyo Olympics.
However, the postponement of the video games till 2021 as a result of COVID-19 pandemic compelled Milicic to alter these plans.
Macarthur FC is because of start play through the A-League’s 2020-21 season later this 12 months.
FFA chief James Johnson on Sunday confirmed Milicic’s departure.
“FFA respects Ante’s decision to honor his contract with Macarthur FC,” Johnson stated in an announcement.
“We would have loved Ante to remain in the role for Tokyo 2020 and beyond, However FFA and Ante agree that overseeing two elite teams is not a workable solution, with both programs deserving of, and requiring, complete focus.”
Milicic stated he was upset to must resign however felt he needed to honor the dedication he made to the brand new A-League membership.
“In an ideal world, we would have been in Japan right now just days away from the start of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games,” he stated.
FFA will instantly begin a seek for a brand new nationwide girls’s coach.
The Matildas have the Olympics subsequent 12 months, the 2022 AFC Women’s Asian Cup and the FIFA Women’s World Cup in Australia and New Zealand in 2023. — AP