The former Newcastle Jets championship-winning manager will assume the role immediately to start preparations for Australia’s 2020 AFC Under 19 Championship Qualifiers which will be held in Chinese Taipei in November.

Up until Ante Milicic's appointment as Matildas head coach, he was the man in charge of the Young Socceroos.

They were last in action in October at the 2018 AFC Championships in Indonesia, where they lost 3-1 to Saudi Arabia in the quarter-finals, missing out on the recent FIFA Under-20 World Cup in Poland.

“When assessing candidates for the role, we wanted to appoint someone who had experience at international level with junior teams," FFA Head of National Teams Luke Casserly said

"Someone who had experience in navigating a difficult qualification path across Asia and someone who had a strong understanding of our junior development programs and Gary ticks every box."

The Young Socceroos haven't qualified for a U20's World Cup since 2013 and haven't made it out of the group stages since 2003. 

Van Egmond will also play an important role in working with the newly-appointed FFA Technical Director Rob Sherman, who has commenced a review of junior football pathways in Australia.

At the moment FFA hasn't said who will take over from van Egmond as Young Matildas coach.

The team is set to play in the 2019 AFC U19 Women's Championships, a tournament used to qualify for the 2020 FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup, in October and November this year.

The Young Matildas haven't reached a World Cup since 2006.