Aurelio Vidmar departs FFA after five years’ service

Aurelio Vidmar.
Football Federation Australia (FFA) has announced that Aurelio Vidmar, former coach of the Olyroos and assistant coach of the Socceroos, has left the national body after five years’ service.

Vidmar’s contract was not renewed after the Olyroos’ qualifying campaign for the 2016 Rio Olympics concluded last month.

FFA CEO David Gallop has thanked Aurelio for his contribution to the national teams, including one match as Acting Head Socceroo Coach against Canada in 2013.

“As a former Socceroo champion and professional in Europe and Asia, Aurelio brought a wealth of experience to the coaching roles he performed,” said Gallop.

“Viddie was a committed member of the coaching staff and made a key contribution to the development of many young players.

“His role with the Socceroos’ campaigns for 2014 World Cup and 2015 Asian Cup was highly regarded. I wish him well on the next stage of his journey in football.”

The decision not to renew Vidmar’s contract follows a report on the Olyroos’ qualifying campaign for the 2016 Rio Olympics, which was conducted by FFA’s National Teams Unit.

A decision has been taken not to immediately fill the vacancy created by Vidmar’s departure.