Khalid Al-Atawi is Saudi Arabia’s under-19 football team coach.
Under his mentorship, the Young Falcons pulled off a remarkable win against South Korea in the Asian Cup final.
The great achievement has Al-Atawi’s name registered among the finest coaches in Saudi Arabia.
This is Al-Atawi’s third notable accomplishment, as he helped secure the Young Falcons a winning spot in the GCC U-19 Championship in 2016 and Dubai Cup 2018 International Tournament, which will take place later this year.
Al-Atawi was born in 1977. He obtained a bachelor’s degree from King Faisal University in Al-Ahsa with a major in physical education.
He began his football career as an assistant coach for the youth team of Al-Oyoun Club during the 2006-07 season. Later, he trained the junior club for the Eastern Province’s League between 2007 and 2008.
Al-Atawi then became an assistant coach for Al-Fateh Club, before rejoining Al-Oyoun’s youth club from 2010 to 2011. He subsequently joined Al-Nojoom Club and remained there for four seasons. During his tenure at Al-Nojoom Club, he succeeded in boosting their ranking to the second division, and later on to first division with the team winning the regional championship in 2012.
In 2015, Al-Atawi took on the mission to lead the Young Falcons, where they ended up taking the GCC U-19 Cup in 2016 in Qatar.
The Young Falcons’ latest win in the AFC U-19, their spot in the 2019 Poland World Cup, which they achieved after the semi-finals, could no longer be questioned. The Young Falcons have not brought home the Asian Championship since 1992, and it is a testament to the efforts of the coach, who received the best coach award in 2016.