In its citation the Council for the Order of Australia acclaimed Gallop “for significant services to sports administration through executive roles with football and rugby league organisations and to the community”.
David Gallop AM was appointed as FFA CEO in August 2012 and commenced in the role in November that year, following 10-year tenure as CEO of the National Rugby League.
He also served as Deputy Chairman of the Australian Sports Commission and as Secretary of the Rugby League International Federation.
Gallop is currently a member of the Asian Football Confederation Competitions Committee.
FFA Chairman Steven Lowy AM has congratulated David Gallop on the honour.
“On behalf of the Australian football community, I warmly welcome this formal recognition of David Gallop,” said Lowy. “He’s made a substantial contribution to our sport in the space of a few years.
“David has brought so much experience and professionalism to FFA. I salute him for his achievements on this Australia Day.”
In acknowledging the Australia Day award, Gallop said he has been fortunate to be involved with two big sports that matter to millions of Australians.
“On Australia Day football stands as the sport that truly represents the nation in all its diversity and multiculturalism,” he said.
“My current role with football is one where I have great confidence and ambition for the sport.
“I have been privileged to lead the national body in a process to regenerate the Socceroos on and off the pitch, which was the foundation of the Asian Cup victory on home soil.
“I’m equally proud of the decision to give top priority to the Matildas’ preparations for the World Cup last year, which enabled the team to achieve great results and capture the imagination of sports fans.
“The Socceroos and Matildas show that football can help build a bridge to the rest of the world for Australia; politically, socially and economically.
“The Hyundai A-League is a vibrant challenger to the incumbents in Australian sport and the competition’s best years are ahead of us.
“The work undertaken to bring game’s stakeholders and commercial partners together to begin the Westfield FFA Cup was very satisfying. The FFA Cup has created a strong connection point to the game’s history and grassroots community strength.
“It’s the sheer numbers and the passion of our football community that will drive football to bigger and better things in the decades to come.
“My time in rugby league saw the NRL rebuild the game from troubled times. We created a competition where fans could be excited that any team could win on any day.
“Off the field we put in place important initiatives through education and welfare programs, particularly about respect for women and indigenous education and awareness programs.
“On the board of the Australian Sports Commission, I was able to contribute to significant progress both in encouraging participation in sport and also targeting high performance so that the nation could enjoy our athletes performing on the world stage with the best possible preparation.
“It’s humbling to be recognised in this way. I will enjoy Australia Day and the huge importance of sport to the community.”