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Zenon Caravella

A-League & International Football Stalwart. Head Coach. Founder.

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Training at the only FIFA rated football facility in FNQ, The Grounds Cairns

Welcome to Caravella Football Academy

With a dynamic, experienced and innovative coaching team led by former professional footballer, A-League star and FFA Honouree Zenon Caravella, we take our football very seriously at CFA. From grading each child by ability, to ensuring our players are training with likeminded peers, to offering programs that are cutting-edge and well-suited to players at all stages in their development, CFA is the perfect combination of serious football education and fun in a structured environment.


Recent News

August 1, 2021

CFA Expansion to Byron

We are super excited to announce that in 2022 we will be expanding Caravella Football Academy into the Byron Shire - Northern NSW! Head Coach Zenon Caravella will launch the new location alongside former Socceroo Michael Thwaite while long-term CFA Coaches Crios O'Hare and Josh Taylor will take the well-deserved reigns as Co Head Coaches of CFA Cairns, which will remain as our HQ.

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November 17, 2021

CFA partners up with Brisbane Strikers FC!

Caravella Football Academy and Brisbane Strikers FC are pleased to today announce a new strategic partnership between the club and (CFA) based in Cairns and the Byron Shire.

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October 3, 2021

High Performance Trials 2022 – NOW OPEN

The Caravella Football Academy High Performance Program is the first fully integrated football program in Far North Queensland. Combining high-level and cutting edge football education with the latest methods in strength and conditioning, this program is for the most dedicated of footballers that want to develop themselves towards an elite level.

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October 3, 2021


2022 edition: Unlocked In April of 2018, 2019 and 2021 over 500 elite players each year from all over Australia came together for the FNQ Youth Cup which combined one day of optional advanced training (the FNQ Youth Cup Invitational Camp) followed by a 3-day tournament featuring some of the best teams and academies from all over the country. Watch highlights of the 2021 event below 2022 SCHEDULE April 11: One-day Invitational Camp Cost: $65 per player – includes a limited edition 2022 FNQ Youth Cup training shirt The optional training camp places all participating players in age-appropriate stations for more

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Zenon Caravella

Combining 15 years as a professional footballer and his FFA B-Licence, it goes without saying Zenon Caravella is one of the top coaches in the region.

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Crios O’Hare

High Performance is Crios’ speciality and it’s why he’s the Head of our Strength and Conditioning program at CFA.

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Josh Taylor

Widely regarded as one of Queensland’s best strikers, Josh Taylor combines his teaching and playing experience making him one of the FNQ’s most highly regarded junior coaches.

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Pasco Rogato

A local legend in his own right, Pasco Rogato has played and coached the game at all levels and is one of the region’s most experienced and respected coaches.

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Our academy aims to build confidence while still maximising potential.



I know Zenon to be a honest and trustworthy player on and off the pitch – I thoroughly enjoyed playing with him. He’s got exceptional technical skills and is a great, hard worker. These things combined are the attributes you need to be a player at the highest level.

quote Kew Jaliens

Kew Jaliens Former Dutch World Cup International

Although small in stature, Zenon has been a shining light over a terrific career. His superb technical ability and ability to understand and read a football game has shown that size doesn’t matter. A fantastic example to young aspiring footballers – and what a terrific opportunity for the next generation to learn under him.

quote Frank Farina

Frank Farina Former Socceroos Head Coach

I met Zenon in my younger years – he always stood out from the rest because of his technical ability. He was a very clever player with tight and tidy football skills. Our paths crossed again in our later years at the Newcastle Jets and I have nothing but great respect for him as a player and person. He gave 100% in everything he did – games, training or gym. He’s the ultimate professional. A friend and a family man, Zenon is a fantastic role-model for any young player that wants to be a professional footballer.

quote David Carney

David Carney Socceroo, ex-Premier League player and current Newcastle Jets Midfielder

There is no person better placed to inspire the next generation of footballers. Zenon’s experience in the top leagues of Europe and Australia are testament to someone who combined their passion for the game with technical ability to reach their goals

quote Clayton Zane

Clayton Zane Ex-Socceroo and Newcastle Jets Youth Coach

When I was at Adelaide United, Zenon was named Club Champion and a player who always got the best out of himself. A player with a fantastic work rate and great technical ability who always put the team first, he is a great coach of younger players, knows what it takes to be successful and can teach aspiring footballers to reach their full potential. He’s always led from the front and is a great example to anyone that with patience and hard work you can make it to the top. A great coach for any young player wanting to become the best footballer he can be.

quote Michael Petrillo

Michael Petrillo Head of Talent, Melbourne City FC

Zenon’s personality and character demonstrates good values in supporting and encouraging people around him. As a player, Zenon showed the passion and enthusiasm to work hard on his technical skills throughout his football career. Example: A willingness to stay back after training seeking perfection. It’s this determination and positive attitude that will inspire young players to achieve their enjoyment in the game.

quote Luciano Trani

Luciano Trani Current Melbourne City Assistant Coach (A-League)

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