Matildas assistant joins Roar coaching team

Brisbane Roar FC is pleased to announce Ross Aloisi has joined the club as an Assistant Coach for the Hyundai A-League squad.

He will work with the Roar players for the first time tomorrow (Tuesday, 28 July).

Aloisi, 42, was the Senior Assistant Coach with the Westfield Matildas during their recent successful FIFA Women’s World Cup campaign in Canada where they reached the quarter-finals.

He is also the coach of the Australian women’s under-17 team.

Aloisi is a former Socceroo (three full caps and 14 under-23 appearances) and the older brother of Roar Head Coach John Aloisi.

He has had extensive experience in the Hyundai A-League and played overseas in Switzerland, France, Austria and Italy.

Ross captained Adelaide United to the premiership in the inaugural season of the Hyundai A-League and played 50 games for the Reds between 2005 and 2007, scoring three goals.

The central midfielder had a 13-game stint for two goals with Wellington Phoenix and played 42 games for 12 goals for Adelaide City in the National Soccer League (1989-91).

Ross also coached South Australian side West Adelaide from the third division to the state’s National Premier Leagues competition in an undefeated run of more than 40 matches.

Ross said he was delighted to be joining the Roar’s coaching staff.

“The Roar squad is packed with talented players. The club has a reputation for attacking, entertaining football and I am excited to be part of that,” he said.

John Aloisi said the experience his brother had gained in recent top-level coaching positions would be a timely boost for the Roar.

“I have begun to introduce new structures around how the team plays and Ross’s input and assistance will be invaluable as we look to fine-tune and deliver on the way I want us to play,’’ John said.

The Roar are currently preparing for a Westfield FFA Cup tie against Western Sydney Wanderers FC at Penrith on Tuesday, 11 August. The club begins its 2015/16 Hyundai A-League campaign on Thursday, 8 October, also against Western Sydney, at Pirtek Stadium.