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 By Jason Dasey

Australian coaches make mark as Philippines football goes professional

Jason Dasey and Stanley Bernard look at the rapid rise of Philippines football success, domestically and internationally.
Jason Dasey and Stanley Bernard discuss Nelo Vingada's arrival as Malaysia head coach ahead of their Asian Cup qualifier.

Philippines boasts Southeast Asia's highest FIFA ranking, and has two of its clubs on the verge of an Asian final. But, perhaps more significantly, the country's first professional league began earlier this month, with the bold plan of taking the sport to entertainment-starved regional centres.

The 2017 Philippines Football League (PFL) kicked off on May 6, with Australians Gary Phillips and Ian Gillan in charge of the two newest and most remote teams.

Phillips, a former Australia youth international...

 By Mike Wise

Australia has 'big problem at grassroots,' warns Craig Johnston

Craig Johnston says there is a grass roots problem with Australian football, with not enough talent coming through.

The first Australian to win an English FA Cup, Craig Johnston, has warned that the nation has "a big problem at grassroots" level that needs to be addressed.

In the wake of Football Federation Australia's decision to close the Canberra-based Centre of Excellence, former Liverpool star Johnston believes that more needs to be done to ensure that the next wave of elite youngsters are being looked after properly.

The likes of Mark Viduka, Ned Zelic, John Aloisi and Lucas Neill all forged strong European...

Australia international Mathew Leckie joins Hertha Berlin from Ingolstadt

Mathew Leckie
Mathew Leckie made 94 appearances for Ingolstadt over three years, scoring 10 goals.

Hertha Berlin have signed Australia international forward Mathew Leckie from relegated Ingolstadt for next season.

Hertha announced that the 26-year-old Leckie signed a contract on Monday, though the club did not give details of its length nor the transfer fee.

Kicker magazine reports that Hertha took advantage of a release clause in his contract at Ingolstadt and the club is paying...

 By PA Sport

Ex-Leeds, Liverpool winger Harry Kewell named Crawley Town boss

Harry Kewell was last in charge of Watford's under-23 team.

Former Australia, Leeds and Liverpool winger Harry Kewell has been appointed head coach of League Two side Crawley Town.

Kewell was in charge of the Watford under-23 team from June 2015 before leaving Vicarage Road last month.

The 38-year-old is currently working on his UEFA Pro Licence coaching qualification and will be assisted at Crawley by former Northern Ireland striker Warren Feeney.

"During his interview Harry showed us great passion -- that's needed to make this team move onwards,'' Crawley...

ESPN FC  By ESPN staff

Harry Kewell set for first managerial job at Crawley Town - sources

The guys answer your tweets on potential Liverpool signings, Arsenal's possible blessing, and picking Lukaku or Aguero.
Jurgen Klopp revealed that preparation to improve Liverpool for next season has already begun.
Harry Kewell left Watford in April after managing their U23 side since 2015.

Former Liverpool and Australia winger Harry Kewell is poised to become the new manager of English League Two side Crawley Town.

According to ESPN sources, the 38-year-old is hot favourite to replace outgoing Dermot Drummy in charge of the Sussex-based club, and could be appointed next week.

It would be a first managerial position for Kewell, who left his role as Watford under-23 coach in April.

Crawley Town finished 19th on the 24-team League Two table in the 2016-17 season, winning just one of...