Morelli is a born and bred Alice Springs man, and started playing
football at the age of 6. Moving through age divisions In his junior
years, Giovanni represented both Alice Springs and the Northern
Territory in representative teams.
In his early years on the pitch, Giovanni joined the Verdi Soccer Club,
and was a member of development teams that travelled nationally and
internationally, in order to achieve a higher quality of play.
The Verdi Soccer club was first established in 1970. In the early
1980’s, as a young adult, Giovanni re-established the Verdi Soccer Club
as what it is today. Currently, the Verdi Soccer Club is one of the
longest running, and most successful Clubs, with
a full compliment of junior and senior players. The running of the Club
was always a family concern, with Giovanni at the helm. Giovanni was
always on hand to assist junior and senior players, mentor coaches and
fill any void whenever it arose.
Over the last couple of years, whilst still a very active player and
coordinator for Verdi, Giovanni has studied for his Football Federation
Australia C Class Coaching Licence, and has coached the last two Alice
Springs teams playing against Adelaide United
when they visited Alice Springs. Giovanni has also participated in the
last few Masters’ Games, both as a player, and in volunteering his time
to mark pitches, referee and assist across the board with the event.
In terms of his volunteer work for soccer in Alice Springs, the list is
endless. As a member on the Board of Football in Central Australia,
Giovanni was an integral part of the coordinating the sport in Alice
Springs for many years. His efforts in this
regard earned him the honour of a Life Membership of the sport several
years ago. The Football Federation Northern Territory have now taken
over football operations in Alice Springs. Even so, Giovanni is still
very proactive with repairs and maintenance down
at the grounds. It is Giovanni that installs goals each season, and
makes running repairs on a regular basis. If anything needs doing, he
is only ever a phone call away. In regards to his knowledge, it is
invaluable. If background is needed, Giovanni is
the go-to man and if an extra pair of hands is needed, you can always
count on Giovanni. He continues to be a very active referee across the
sport, and mentors both senior and junior referees to be the very best
that they can. Giovanni has linemarked the
pitches for several years, a job that takes up to 5 hours a week.
Today, in his early 50’s, Giovanni continues to coordinate the Verdi
Football Club, play in the senior competition, linemark pitches and be a
match referee. He continues to commit his time to repairs and
maintenance at the soccer facilities, and ensure the
best possible environment for the sport. Giovanni is the most respected
player, referee, and person in the Alice Springs soccer community. All
sports in Alice Springs rely heavily on their volunteers, and football
is no different. Without a doubt, football
in Alice Springs would not be what it is today without Giovanni Morelli.