For a month the squad of 20 girls has been training under the coaching of Dusan Pavlovic and his four-strong team of support staff. The aim has been to prepare for their first ever season in league football as well as possible.
Our girls are to play in the first division of the U14 Salzburg Sparkassenliga against boys' teams, as there is no separate league for them at U16 level. They are to contest their first ever competitive match this Friday 8 September 2023 against FC Pinzgau Saalfelden U14 (19:00 CET in Saalfelden).
Training and friendly matches
The team have trained – just like boys' teams at this age level – five times per week. After the end of the school holidays, that will be six, as two of the sessions can be held in the morning due to a very good co-operation with a school.
These initial very intensive weeks of training have been mixed with a few friendly matches to aid preparations. They have been very promising, most notably in the clashes against LASK (5-0), Sturm Graz (4-0) and Austria Vienna (7-0). We also took wins against Anif (1-0) and against the Upper Austria Women's Football Academy (5-1).
Players from the region
Our U16w have not been playing together for long at all. Trials in January 2023 have led to a squad of 20 players. All the women are from the Salzburg region or nearby Bavaria, Upper Austria and Tirol.