A-League Women: Ante Juric plots dynasty as Sydney FC contract extended until 2026

Jamie Dunkin
The Nightly
Fresh off his sixth Sydney FC trophy, Juric has extended his stay.
Fresh off his sixth Sydney FC trophy, Juric has extended his stay. Credit: Getty Images for A-Leagues

Ante Juric will head towards a decade as the manager of Sydney FC in the A-League Women, with the three-time championship-winning coach extending his stay for a further year.

The Sky Blues boss joined the club in 2017, and has led his side to the Grand Final on seven consecutive occasions — a feat unmatched in Australian football history — and won his third championship with Sydney last month after a 1-0 win against Melbourne City at AAMI Park.

Sydney had re-signed Juric a year prior, but have quickly thrown a new deal at the three-time premiership winner to secure his future until 2025/26 — just as the Matildas top job loomed as a possibility for the former Socceroo.

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Juric told the club’s website of his excitement to remain at the helm, remarking on their past successes and hopes of extending the “dynasty” built over his first seven years.

“I am humbled to be offered a contract extension taking me through to season 2025-26 as I have thoroughly enjoyed coaching and working for the club,”

“Our enthusiasm and passion has got stronger and I am excited at the thought of what we can continue to achieve and build on this dynasty of success we are enjoying.”

Juric has become known for his ability to unearth talents out of seemingly nowhere, including recent Grand Final Player of the Match Mackenzie Hawkesby, as well as wonderkid Indiana Dos Santos.

Sydney FC chairman Scott Barlow noted his proficiency in talent-spotting, describing him as “undoubtedly” one of the best coaches in the country.

“Ante has an exceptional talent for bringing the best out of the players he works with and he is undoubtedly one of the best coaches in our game,”

“His talent identification is second to none in the Women’s game and we are extremely pleased he will be staying with Sydney FC for two more years.”

Sydney have secured many of their best players for the 2024/25 season, with the club confirming fullback Kirsty Fenton’s contract extension on Tuesday, and remain in talks with Matildas players Cortnee Vine and Jada Whyman about their futures.

Juric requires just two more trophies to become the outright most successful manager in A-League Women history, a title currently held by Melbourne Victory boss Jeff Hopkins.

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