Alistair Edwards

Alistair Edwards
Personal information
Full name Alistair Edwards
Date of birth (1968-06-21) 21 June 1968
Place of birth Whyalla, South Australia, Australia
Height 1.87 m (6 ft 2 in)
Playing position Striker
Youth career
Kwinana United Soccer Club
1988 AIS
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1987–1988 Rangers 0 (0)
1989 Sydney Olympic 28 (4)
1989–1990Brighton & Hove Albion (loan) 1 (0)
1990 Singapore
1991–1992 Johor
1993 Singapore
1994 Selangor
1994–1996 Millwall 4 (0)
1996 Sydney Olympic 14 (2)
1997–1998 Sarawak
1998–2004 Perth Glory 93 (24)
National team
1987 Australia U-20
1991–1997 Australia 19 (3)
Teams managed
2004 Australia Women's U-20 (assistant)
2004–2005 Western Waves
2005–2006 Australia Women's U-20
2006–2007 WA NTC
2009–2011 Australia U-20 (assistant)
2011–2013 Australia U-17
2013 Perth Glory (interim)
2013 Perth Glory
2015 Real Mulia (technical director)

* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 21 March 2013.

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 04:46, 23 September 2009 (UTC)

Alistair Edwards (born 21 June 1968) is a former football (soccer) player and coach.[1] A prominent forward, he made a name for himself with National Soccer League clubs Sydney Olympic and Perth Glory. He was also a favourite with Malaysian League teams Sarawak FA, Selangor FA, Singapore FA and Johor FA in the 1990s.

Playing career

Club career

Born in Whyalla, South Australia to Scottish parents, Edwards' family moved to Kwinana when he was a child, where he joined the local junior team before representing Western Australia in a team that won the 1986 Australian under-18 title. He made a couple of appearances for the state senior side at the age of 17, before attending the Australian Institute of Sport in Canberra. He then had a spell with Rangers in Scotland, before joining Sydney Olympic and scoring the winning goal in the 1989 NSL grand final. After two successful spells in Asia and short stints with English clubs Brighton & Hove Albion and Millwall, he briefly rejoined Sydney Olympic before linking up with Perth Glory for whom he played 93 times and scored 24 goals. In all, he made 173 appearances in the NSL.

International career

He was a Socceroo between 1991–1997, scoring 3 goals in 19 A-internationals, and also represented Australia at the FIFA U/20 World Championship that was held in Chile, South America in 1987.

International goals
Goal Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1 29 January 1992 Hindmarsh Stadium, Adelaide, Australia  Sweden 1–0 1–0 Friendly
2 14 August 1992 Gelora Bung Karno Stadium, Jakarta, Indonesia  Indonesia 0–3 0–3 Indonesian Independence Cup
3 22 January 1997 Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane, Australia  South Korea 2–0 2–1 Friendly

Coaching career

In 2004, he was assistant coach at the FIFA U/19 Women's World Championship in Thailand and then became head coach of the Australian team at the AFC U/19 Women's Championships in Malaysia where they become the first Australia team to qualify for a FIFA World Championship since joining the AFC. The FIFA U/20 Women's World Championship were held in Russia. From 2006 to 2009, Edwards became the FFA Development and High Performance Consultant where his main tasks included conducting research in Japan, the Netherlands, France and England on Talent Development and Identification as part of the FFA Development Review and to assist in the development of the FFA National Curriculum. Edwards, along with Paul Okon and Alex Tobin was awarded one of the inaugural FFA Elite Coach Development Scholarships in 2008.

As part of his scholarship he spent one month in the Netherlands on attachment with Louis Van Gaal at AZ Alkmaar and Han Westrhoff at Vitesse Arnhem. Upon his return he took the Matildas to the 2008 ASEAN Women's Championship in Vietnam where they won the tournament. Edwards is also an AFC/FFA Advanced Licence Coach Instructor and conducts Advanced Pathway coaching courses for the FFA. In 2008, Edwards was invited to Cambodia to conduct an Elite Coach Development Course on behalf of the Australian Sports Commission. In August 2009, Edwards was appointed to the position of FFA Assistant Technical Director working alongside Dutchman Han Berger. His duel role at the FFA included the assistant coach role to the Young Socceroos where he worked alongside Jan Verslijen, the head coach of the AIS, U/17 and U/20 national teams.

In February 2013, Edwards was named the interim manager of Perth Glory after previous manager Ian Ferguson was sacked. Edwards managed his former club for the rest of the 2012–13 A-League season taking them from last position on the table to qualify for the A-League finals.[2] Edwards was appointed head coach of Perth on a three-year deal.[3] On 17 December 2013, Edwards was sacked after a falling out with several players and Perth Glory owner Tony Sage. Senior players, including Jacob Burns, were reportedly upset over being left on the bench due to Edwards' insistence on implementing the club's Western Australia focused youth policy including usage of his two sons, Cameron and Ryan Edwards, at the expense of other players.[4][5]

Since January 2015, Edwards has been Technical Director for the Bangi-based team Real Mulia, who play in Malaysia's FAM League.[6]

After retirement

Whilst playing for Perth Glory, Edwards graduated with an MBA from Edith Cowan University and also entered Local Government Politics when he was elected onto the Cockburn City Council from 2002 to 2006.

Since retiring as a player, Edwards has undertaken a number of roles in sport development. He worked as a Sport Consultant at the Western Australian State Government Department of Sport and Recreation from 2002 to 2005 and has since become heavily involved in the development of football in Australia. He commentated A-League games covered by Perth radio station 90.5fm.

As of June 2014, he is currently working as a football pundit in Singapore for the FIFA World Cup 2014 with SingTel Mio TV


With Sydney Olympic:

With Johor FA:

With Sarawak FA:

Personal Honours:

Managerial statistics

As of 19 November 2013.
Team Nat From To Record
Perth Glory (caretaker) Australia 11 February 2013 21 March 2013 8 4 1 3 50.00
Perth Glory Australia 21 March 2013 17 December 2013 11 3 4 4 27.27
Total 19 7 5 7 36.84


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