Victoria’s best young talent visit Victory

On Friday morning UNITE FC and the Victorian Champions League (VCL) All-Stars watched on at training, as Melbourne Victory prepared for its crucial Hyundai A-League clash with Perth Glory.

On Friday morning UNITE FC and the Victorian Champions League (VCL) All-Stars watched on at training, as Melbourne Victory prepared for its crucial Hyundai A-League clash with Perth Glory.

The two teams of youngsters were invited to the club as they prepare for their curtain-raiser match before the Melbourne Victory and Sydney FC U-NITE clash on Australia Day.

The aspiring young footballers got an up-close and personal look at a morning training session, enjoyed a tour of AAMI Park and met the players and coaching staff, where they took photos, received autographs and talked about football. This was a great opportunity for the boys to meet their heroes and get a glimpse of how a professional club prepares for a blockbuster match.

The Melbourne Victory and Sydney FC rivalry is one of the biggest in football, and to help celebrate the occasion, the January 26 clash will be accompanied by pre-match entertainment, including the curtain-raiser.

Victoria-s multicultural diversity will be on display as the two teams, flooded with young talent, battle it out on the best football stage in the state.

UNITE FC comprises of talented boys primarily from Victoria-s Horn of Africa community. They recently participated in the world-s premier youth tournament, the U18-s Mediterranean Cup, in Barcelona. The boys also compete in Football Federation Victoria-s (FFV) talent development competition, the Victorian Champions League (VCL), representing various squads.

Their opponents, the VCL All Stars, are represented by some of the best young talent from across the state, with a player selected from each of the twelve zone teams that make up the competition. There is much diversity within the All-Stars lineup, with Europe, South America, Asia, and of course, Australia, all represented.

Share in the celebration of multiculturalism and welcome new citizens to Australia, as you immerse yourself in the Australia Day footballing feast at AAMI Park.

The UNITE FC and VCL All-Star curtain raiser kicks off at 2.30pm, while the main event begins at 4.00pm.