The A-League has seen a number of incredibly young stars given a chance to shine but how have each team’s youngest debutants fared after an early call-up?

Teeboy Kamara – Adelaide United (15 years 6 months and 28 days)

Crowned as the youngest player to make an appearance in the A-League Kamara was set to leave a legacy behind him but the Liberian born forward could only back one league performance up with two Asian Champions League games before undisclosed illness held him back.

Now 21-years old Kamara sees himself fighting it out for the Western Australian NPL title with Stirling Lions SC up against his former side Inglewood United.

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Daniel De Silva – Perth Glory (15 years 11 months and 24 days)

Daniel De Silva has picked up an incredible amount of experience since his first appearance with Perth including six-months in the Netherlands on loan with Roda JC and a handful of junior Australian side call-ups.

De Silva has been a key man with the Mariners this year lighting up the league with his dazzling dribbling and keen eye for a pass and it feels as though the 21-year old has nowhere to go but up in the coming years.

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Alusine Fofanah – Western Sydney Wanderers (16 years 1 month and 29 days)

One of the better looking early-bloomers we’ve ever seen Fofanah was inches away from joining Manchester City’s youth team at the age of 14 but issues with a passport and a visa prevented the move and the attacking midfielder worked his way into the Wanderers ranks.

Fofanah has found difficulty since being released by the Wanderers in 2016, joining the Sydney FC reserves before moving on to Victorian Premier League Champions Heidelberg United FC.

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James Virgili – Newcastle Jets (16 years 5 months 29 days)

Yet another young star that has failed to remain in the the top flight Virgili was a pivotal part of the Jets set up after breaking into the first team in the 2012/13 season and earning himself a trial with Scottish club Celtic that never amounted to anything.

While Virgili claimed an impressive 56 first-team caps the forward never managed a goal to add to four assists and now plies his trade with NPL Northern NSW side Broadmeadow Magic.

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Terry Antonis – Sydney FC (16 years 9 months 27 days)

One of the more prolific members on the list is Antonis who boasts an incredibly impressive resume including spells with some of the countries best clubs and time with a handful of European outfits to go along with three Socceroos appearances.

Much like Fofanah, Antonis came close to signing for an English powerhouse in Everton but FFA regulations in regard to a new FIFA ruling prevented the overseas transfer of players under 18 at the time so the youngster moved on to the Sky Blues academy.

In looking at Antonis’ career one would be forgiven for thinking the midfielder is closer to 30 than 20 but the 24-year old has been well-rounded during spells with Greek side PAOK and Dutch side VVV-Vieno ahead of a move to his current club Melbourne Victory.

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Sebastian Pasquali – Melbourne Victory (16 years 11 months 15 days)

Moving from a current Victory man to a former one Pasquali may best be remembered for his match-winning penalty kick against Juventus in a pre-season friendly in 2016 causing a number of big clubs to offer contracts.

Pasquali landed himself in the Netherlands with Ajax in 2016 but after missing the first season due to visa restrictions the youngster has been a key man in the club’s youth setup playing against big clubs in the UEFA Youth League and 18-year old winger will be one to watch in the years to come.

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Dylan Pierias – Melbourne City FC (16 years 11 months 22 days)

Another record-holder on this list is Pierias who became the first player born in the 21st century to make an appearance in the A-League and although the call-up came under desperate circumstances due to City missing eight first team players the defender made it count.

Still under contract with his boyhood club the young Socceroo has struggled to find more appearances in the senior squad but the 18-year old will hope his chances come in the next few seasons otherwise a move might be on the cards.

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Tommy Oar – Brisbane Roar (17 years 18 days)

Boasting the most international caps to go along with an incredibly impressive career to date, Tommy Oar played over 20 games for Brisbane before the age of 20 and earned a move to FC Utrecht where the midfielder racked up over 100 appearances.

The wide-man then returned home via English club Ipswich Town to rejoin the Roar and reignite his career ahead of an impressive move to Cypress side APOEL in 2017 to compete in the UEFA Champions League.

Still just 26-years-old, Oar will hope he can break back into the national setup this year.

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Anthony Kalik – Central Coast Mariners (17 years 3 months 2 days)

Another product of the Australian Institute of Sport, NSW born midfielder Kalik is the next man on our list having made his first appearance with the Mariners in the FFA Cup against Palm Beach in 2014 and his league debut the following year.

Shipped on loan to Hajduk Split in 2016 after former member of the Croatian side Josip Skoko’s recommendation the central-midfielder struggled to find regular football after a permanent move and was loaned back to Sydney FC this season where he has made four appearances.

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Liberato Cacace – Wellington Phoenix (17 years 4 months 6 days)

By no coincidence the final man on this list comes from Wellington and first made his debut with the club in February this year in a 4-0 defeat at the hands of Sydney FC.

Still with the club now, Cacace has made eight appearances with the U-17 New Zealand setup and has backed up a debut outing with six more appearances as he looks to build on an impressive start to an early career.

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