The Coaches of the Canberra United Academy Pathway Program

Meet the coaches of the Canberra United Academy Program, from the 15s right up to the A-League Women’s.

Expressions of Interest to trial for CUA are still open and can be found here.

Vicki Linton – A-League Women’s Canberra United Head Coach

Vicki Linton is a Pro licence coach, with experience in Australia, the U.S and across Asia.

In 2020, she signed on as Head Coach of Canberra United, leading the team to their first finals appearance in four years.

Linton has a long an impressive resume which includes roles as the assistant coach with the Commonwealth Bank Matildas, Head Coach of the Junior Matildas, and head coach of Melbourne Victory’s A-League Women’s side.

She has also coached USL W-League clubs Bay Area Breeze and Boston Renegades, and spent three years with the U.S. Soccer Federation’s Development Academy, where she mentored Academy Directors to improve player and coach development.

Linton has also worked as a FIFA Women’s Football Instructor, conducting numerous FIFA Women’s Football Development Courses in Asia and Oceania countries over the past decade.

Eddie Senatore – Canberra United Academy 1st Grade Head Coach

Eddie Senatore is an FA/AFC B Licence Coach who has been with CUA for three years.

He guided the Canberra United Women’s Development Program to the NPLW Championship in 2019 and in the shortened 2021 season, finished in the top four.

Eddie has experience in Head and Assistant Coaching roles with the Olympic Soccer Club Women’s First Grade team, Woden Valley SC, Monaro, the Australian National Futsal Championships and overseas with the junior and youth touring football teams across Brazil, Japan and Korea.

Eddie’s coaching philosophy is to create an environment where players can freely express themselves without fear. His aim is to prepare players for the life’s challenges by enabling players to problem solve through planning, preparation and executing followed by celebration.

Andrew Woodman – Canberra United Academy Reserve Grade Head Coach

Andrew Woodman is an AFC/FA A Licence (pending final assessment), who joins Canberra United Academy for the upcoming season with 22 years of coaching experience.

He was Head Coach of Canberra Olympic FC’s NPLW 1st Grade team, leading them to the 2020 semi-final and 2019 Federation Cup semi-final.

Other experience includes Head and Assistant Coaching roles with Peninsula Power FC Women’s Premier League team, Belconnen United NPLW 1St Grade, Canberra City Women’s Premier League Squad and the University of Canberra Women’s Premier League team.

Sarah West – Canberra United Academy 17s Head Coach

Sarah West is an FA/AFC B Licence Coach who is preparing to undertake the A Licence course.

She has been involved in football for more than 25 years as a player, coach, fan, and parent, having coached her first team, the mighty Taringa Rovers U8s (in Brisbane), in 1996.   

Sarah is part of Canberra United’s coaching team as an Assistant Coach and Analyst, working under the mentorship of Head Coach Vicki Linton.

This role not only has her working with the coaching staff and team on the pitch, but also conducting match analysis on every team in every round of the A-League women’s season.

Sarah also coaches the Canberra United Academy U17s – a role she has held for the past two seasons, during which she won the ACT National Premier League U17 girls Championship in 2020 and placed second in 2021’s COVID-shortened season. As well as her coaching roles, Sarah is the Vice President of the Australian association of football coaches – Football Coaches Australia. She is also on Capital Football’s Technical Committee and serves on the committee of the Navy Football Federation. 

Troy Boots – Canberra United Academy 15s Head Coach

Troy Boots is an FA/AFC B Licence coach, who has also obtained Skill Training, Community Goalkeeper and Futsal Certificates.

He became Head Coach of the CUA NPLW 15s side in 2019, after coaching role with Brindabella Blues FC (BBFC) and Tuggeranong United (TUFC).

In 2009, Troy started coaching his eldest daughter’s team at BBFC, which continued until he started coaching his youngest daughter in 2013. In 2014 he brought together a side that produced seven Capital Football/CUA players at some stage in their journey and helped him win BBFC Coach of the Year.

In 2016, he moved back to his junior club, TUFC to be Head Coach of the U20’s NPLW side. In 2017 he became the Head Coach of TUFC NPLW 15’s and also helped out with the CUA SAP Program where they took an U12’s side to the Kanga Cup and walked away with the trophy.

Phil Booth

Phil Booth is an AFC/FA A Licence coach with an extensive footballing resume in Australia and the UK spanning over 25 years at an elite youth level.

He has worked at a number of EPL clubs including Manchester United FC, Everton Football Club and Blackburn Rovers FC as Youth Development Coach and Youth Scout, more recently in Australia as the Head Skill Acquisition Trainer at Canberra United Academy.

Phil currently works full time as the Coach Development Manager at Capital Football, overseeing Community and Advanced Coaching Courses in the ACT and surrounding regions.