Foster circles globe with world game
By STEVE SPINKS
PAUL FOSTER's soccer coaching apprenticeship continues at a great pace at the Australian Institute of Sport in Canberra.
The former Goonellabah Hornet, who played professionally in Australia and Asia, took up his position at the end of last year.
Since then it's been non-stop.
Besides being involved in running the AIS soccer program, Foster has also been given the opportunity to travel with the Socceroos.
He was in Germany this year with the national team at the Confederations Cup and soon after joined a tour of South America with the AIS squad.
"We played some fixtures over there including a game against River Plate and the Argentinian national side," the former striker said.
"I'd never been to South America before so it was a fantastic experience."
Since then, Foster has been back with the AIS and is gearing up to help the Australian Under-20 side.
"I'm going to be quite busy over Christmas, actually," he said.
"Since joining the Asia zone, Australia now have some (World Youth) qualifiers in January."
Australia relocated from Oceania to Asia earlier this year and will now have to qualify all their teams through Asia for major events, including the 2010 World Cup.