Paul Okon's objective for the Under-20 World Cup is to provide the senior national team with more options ahead of Brazil 2014
Young Socceroos coach Paul Okon hopes the FIFA Under-20 World Cup can catapult some of his players into contention for Holger Osieck's senior team.
Australia begin their campaign with a match against Colombia in Trabzon on Saturday, before games against El Salvador and hosts Turkey.
Captained by Newcastle United's Curtis Good and with a squad boasting the likes of emerging A-League stars Adam Taggart, Josh Brillante and Scott Galloway, the Young Socceroos are set to gain invaluable experience of elite tournament football.
It would take a meteoric rise for one of the youngsters to force their way into Osieck's thinking ahead of the 2014 World Cup in Brazil next year, but their coach has every confidence in his promising charges.
"People often say you get judged by results, but at this age players are still learning, still maturing, still developing," Okon said.
"That's the beauty of this Under-20 tournament, to try and unearth talent for future World Cups. We're no different, we want to develop players for our Socceroos.
"And I believe that this tournament is an opportunity for these players to get international games and to show Holger, who in 12 months time needs to pick a team to go to Brazil, and if we could sneak a couple in from this tournament I'd be delighted because ultimately, I want to be judged on helping these players develop into future Socceroos, and not only on results."
Okon is also determined that the Young Socceroos should buck the trend of Australia's international sides valuing brawn over brain, without sacrificing their natural strength.
"We're a team that likes to keep possession, dominate the opposition," he said.
"We're very patient when we have the ball, we like to try and find the spaces where we can penetrate.
"And if we can't do it, we just try and keep the ball. We're not too worried about what other people think, comments made about our physicality. That's definitely part of our game and no doubt the players, if needs be, will step up and show those qualities.
"And what anyone else thinks is not important to us because we know what our strengths are and we'll make sure we play to them during the tournament."