Breaking New Ground | Meet Anouk Meereboer, the first female Head Coach of a senior men's LVSL team

Anouk Meereboer's appointment as Head Coach of Sale United Football Club has broken new ground in the Latrobe Valley Soccer League (LVSL), as she has become the first female to lead a senior men's team in the competition's history.

Meereboer has been appointed as the Head Coach of Sale United FC after impressing as caretaker coach in the final month of the 2021 season.

The appointment is a landmark occasion for the LVSL as for the first time in the league's history, a female will serve as Head Coach of a senior men's team.  


A former Sale United FC player, Meereboer has proven her mettle as a both on and off the pitch throughout her football career.

She began her footballing journey at Dutch Club Ees Eesergroen Combination as a 10-year-old and after emigrating to Australia, played for a range of teams including Box Hill United FC, Casey Comets and Southern United, before joining Sale United.

After transitioning to coaching, Meereboer swiftly proved her pedigree and was awarded Football Victoria's Female Coach of the Year Award in 2019 for her fantastic work with Gippsland FC's Under-14s girls team.

In her first full season with Gippsland FC - which was also its first season competing in State League Division One - she guided the team to a Launceston Tournament victory after narrowly missing out on the league title by two points. 

Meereboer has also coached the Under-16s boy's team at Sale United FC prior to being appointed as caretaker coach of the senior men's team.

Football Victoria wishes Meereboer the best of luck in her new venture and congratulates Sale United FC for leading the way as we strive towards gender equity across our game.