Football development in Australia has stalled since the heyday of the 1970s and '80s and it's crippling the Socceroos squad of today, says an expert in the new issue of FourFourTwo on sale now.
Former pro Tom Byer has been part of the rise of football in Japan over the past two decades and says the game is failing youngsters in Australia.
"Australia is definitely going in reverse," says the Asian Football Confederation technical consultant in the new FourFourTwo. "There's no doubt about it.
"The culture isn't conducive to developing players at a very, very young age - the golden age of skill acquisition. The FFA's national curriculum basically got the development phases incorrect."
Central Coast Mariners coach and former Socceroo Paul Okon adds: "In the past that not only have we produced players to go overseas, those players have been world class players.
"We're a long way from producing players of that level..."
The comments come in a special issue focusing on youth development in Australia.
As well as speaking to the experts on where the problems lie, we also give you our 12-step guide on what you have to do to go from the cradle to scoring in an Asian Cup final – as revealed by the players, coaches and agents themselves – in our special feature on How To Be A Socceroo Hero.
Plus we also fly up to Lismore in northern NSW to meet John Barnes at Liverpool FC's new permanent academy as they search for the next Harry Kewell...plus he tells us what it takes for kids to make it at the highest level.
Our cover story this month is on Alexis Sanchez and Mesut Ozil as they rip up the Premier League in a partnership hailed as the new Bergkamp and Henry.
Plus we meet their team-mate Granit Xhaka - who, in a very un-Arsenal-like way, is not afraid to have a pop from midfield.
We also take a look at the other amazing double act partnerships through the years that set the world on fire from Garrincha and Pele to Toshack and Keegan to Kresinger and...okay, maybe not that last one.
In the wake of unimaginable tragedy, we also find out how Chapocoense is rebuilding from the heartbreaking plane crash that almost wiped out the entire team. They want no favours though.
Elsewhere we ask are EPL's elite players too soft these days? Are they really all just headphones, as Chris Waddle blasted recently?
And in the midst of hopelessness, football gives something to live for for countless refugees around the world – and we catch up with some at one camp in Syria. The things they've seen...
Plus we go one on one with Robinho, get a Masterclass from Alex Iwobi, Hayden Foxe picks his dream team, Zeljko Kalac looks back on his career so far and Matilda Caitlin Foord talks us through her greatest goal in a PACKED issue!