About Valeri Football Academy

Carl Valeri

Founder and Sole Director of Valeri Football Academy

Carl Valeri is one of Australia’s greatest footballers having achieved many pinnacles of success throughout his elite athlete career. He is one of a few players who have played at every level for Australia including the U-17s, U-20s and U-23s through to 52 notable appearances for the National team the Socceroo’s, including the 2004 Olympics. Carl’s professional football career has spanned over 18 years, with over 450 professional appearances in Australia and Italy.

 Leadership is a strong personal quality of Carl’s demonstrated early on in his career when he captained the U-17 World Cup team in the 2001 FIFA World Youth Championships, through to his past 4x seasons captaining A-League’s Melbourne Victory. 

 Joining the Melbourne Victory in 2014, he quickly became a great asset to the team which won the A-League Minor Premiership and Championship that year and saw him promoted to team Captain the following year. Carl celebrated his second A-League Championship with the Victory in 2017-18. Throughout Carl’s time with the Club, he has become an integral part of the leadership team and works with all parts of the organisation to develop a strong culture within the Club. 

Through his own Academy the ‘Valeri Football Academy’ based in Melbourne. Carl will utilize his extensive football and leadership experience to encourage footballers to reach their full potential. Assisting in all aspects of player development, as well as sharing his inspirational journey in speaking engagements.

Locations and Facilities

Gisborne Soccer Club


VFA has an affiliation with Gisborne Soccer Club and will initially use their grounds as a weekend training venue.



VFA will be approaching schools all across Melbourne to implement an after-school training program where an MOU would be signed to have access to the school’s facilities.

Future Plans

Documents are being put together to purchase or rent land off the council to build an under-cover synthetic surface for tennis and football. The sporting complex will be run under another business name and trust. VFA will run primarily out of the complex along with the South Gisborne Tennis club. The tennis court and Football field will be clearly separated.


VFA Discover, Skill and Game Time

  • $25 per single session
  • $180 per school term (max 8 sessions)
  • 60-minute sessions
  • Max 15 Players

VFA Leadership and Culture Public Speaking

  • $1000 – $3000 per session (depending on audience)
  • 60 min sessions
  • School age discount

VFA Performance

  • $400 per session
  • $350 for 8 sessions
  • 80-minute sessions
  • Max 6 players