With an extensive background in elite level coaching on both a local and national stage, Kelly Cross has helped the likes of Harry Kewell, Brett Emerton and Aaron Mooy rise through the ranks of Australian football to deliver on the world stage.

Alongside his current role as Sydney FC Technical Director - Youth, Cross has been a FIFA Technical Expert since 2007 and is an AFC-accredited Pro Licence Tutor.

He was Deputy Chairman of the Technical Committee of the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) from 2012-2015, and is also one of FIFA’s Strategic Consultants. 

Overseeing the education, mentorship, coach development and youth training program with Sydney FC, Cross has been able to transition his global experience to aid in developing the next wave of Sky Blues players since joining the club in late 2014.

Prior to his current role, Cross was Head Coach of the Westfields Sports High School program from 1993-97, and Head Coach of Men’s Football at the NSW Institute of Sport from 1998-2006.


Cross then worked as Football Federation Australia’s (FFA) Head of Coach Education from 2006 to 2012 and Assistant National Technical Director from 2012 to 2014.

During his time in these roles, he played an integral part in developing FFA’s National Football Philosophy, the National Curriculum and the Advanced Coaching Pathway: he is credited with contributing to the improved standard of Hyundai A-League coaches and taking Australian coach development to the professional level.

Read more about Kelly here.

Kelly Cross

Technical Director - Youth, 
Sydney FC


2014 - Present - Technical Director - Youth, Sydney FC

2014 - Member of FFA Technical Study Group, FIFA World Cup, Brazil

2012 - 2014 ‐ Assistant National Technical Director, Football Federation Australia

2006 ‐ 2013: Head of Coach Education, Football Federation Australia

1997‐2006: Head Coach, Men’s Football, NSW Institute of Sport


1993 – 1997: Head Coach, Football Program Director Westfield’s Sports High School



Assistant Coach, Australia U‐17 1997‐2000, 2006 (FIFA World Cup Finalists, 1999)

NSW State Teams, U‐15s/U‐16s, 1993, 1995, 1997, 1998 (3 Times Australian Champions)

Head Coach, First Team, various NSW Premier League/State League teams, 1987 ‐ 1992, 1996

FIFA Coaching Instructor since 2007

Member of FIFA’s global list of Strategic Consultants

Member of FIFA Technical Study Group, U20 World Cup, Canada, 2007

Deputy Chairman, Technical Committee, Asian Football Confederation (2012 – present)

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