Youth is the key for Socceroos
MELBOURNE Heart coach John Aloisi believes youth is the key for the Socceroos to qualify for the World Cup in Brazil in 2014.
Aloisi, who is best known for taking the penalty shot that secured Australia's place in the 2006 World Cup, is in Lismore this week as part of the A-League side's week-long training camp.
"There has been a lot of criticism about the way they've been playing but you have to remember a lot of the older players aren't in the top leagues like they used to be," Aloisi said.
"It's up to the young boys now to help out the older players. We'll qualify for the World Cup, that's the main thing, and I'm sure they'll put on a good show when they get there."
The Heart will play an A-League trial game against the Western Sydney Wanderers at Oakes Oval on Friday night.
They will train at Oakes Oval today and tomorrow and have pool sessions at SCU Gym and Pool.
Aloisi believes this week will put them in good stead for the upcoming season.
"We'll have as close to our full-strength squad as possible on the pitch on Friday night," he said.
"We've picked up some handy new players and kept the base of players we've had for two years.
"It's good for the players to be together for a week and bond. A lot of them don't know each other off the pitch, so they will get the chance to here.
"I'm sure we'll have movie nights and stuff like that going on too."
Both teams will attend an autograph signing session in Keen Street, Lismore, at 4pm on Thursday.
The game on Friday will start at 7pm.
MELBOURNE HEART v WESTERN SYDNEY WANDERERS
Adults $10, kids 6-12 years $2, kids under 5 free. Under-12s get free entry with cut-out ad from the Northern Star on Thursday and Friday.