Graham Arnold

by Aquatic Recreation Institute on March 29, 2023

Graham Arnold

Head Coach - Socceroos

Graham Arnold is the current Head Coach of the Socceroos and former player. He began his football career as a youth player with Sutherland Shire before making his professional debut for Sydney United in the National Soccer League (NSL) in 1983. 

As a player, Arnold had a successful career, representing Australia at the 1988 Seoul Olympics and playing for various clubs in Australia, Japan, the Netherlands and Belgium. 

Arnold turned his attention to coaching, beginning as a player/head coach with Norther Spirit in the NSL. After retiring from playing, he then went on to coach various clubs in Australia and overseas, including the Central Coast Mariners, Vegalta Sendai in Japan, and Sydney FC, winning multiple titles with each team. 

His involvement in the Australian National Team began as the assistant coach of Guus Hiddink in the 2006 World Cup in Germany. Arnold then became the head coach of the 2008 Olympic team, where he mentored the Australia's U23 men's national football team through a challenging qualification path in Asia to qualify for the Beijing Olympics. In 2010, Arnold was the assistant coach to Pim Verbeek in the South Africa World Cup. 

After the 2018 World Cup in Russia, Arnold was appointed as the head coach of the Socceroos. 

Having qualified for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar, Arnold was left with the unenviable task of navigating the Socceroos through the "group of death" due to face reigning champions France, Denmark and Tunisia. After Australia's most successful World Cup campaign ever, Arnold was named the best coach of the 2022 World Cup by renowned French publication L'Equipe after they beat Tunisia and Denmark before losing to eventual champions Argentina in a hard-fought match in the round of 16. 

Arnold is known for his tactical acumen, motivational skills, and ability to develop young players. 

ARINSW is excited to have Graham Arnold as a Keynote Speaker at the 57th Annual ARI Conference and Trade Show 2023!