“Are we done here?” David Gallop to stand down as CEO of FFA

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Football Federation Australia (FFA) today confirmed that CEO, David Gallop, would be standing down from his role on 31 December, 2019.

It has been rumored for some time that Gallop’s services may be surplus to requirement, given the new introduction of the independant A-League for the upcoming 2019/20 season, and today’s announcement confirmed that the next candidates will be applying for a reshaped role.

Gallop, a former CEO of the National Rugby League (NRL), was appointed CEO of FFA in 2012, and has overseen one of the most tumultuous periods in the game’s history, including the introduction of the much maligned National Club Identity Policy (NCIP) in 2014, and was said to be heavily involved in the sacking of former Matilda’s coach Alan Stajcic in early 2019.

Gallop had this to say of his forthcoming departure.

“It has been very satisfying to be part of so many important moments including the introduction of the FFA Cup, winning the AFC Asian Cup, participating in the FIFA Women’s World Cup & FIFA World Cups, securing a record six-year media rights deal with Fox Sports, strengthening the financial aspects of women’s football, adding expansion teams to the Hyundai A-League and growing the huge participation base of the game.”

“There are challenges given the expectations that are created by the global mirror that is held up to the game in this country’s competitive sporting landscape, but enormous growth opportunities are available if the stakeholders are united.”

Written by Lachlan Spiteri