Hall of Fame - About

Every sport has its legends - and that's what the Football Hall of Fame is all about. It celebrates the legends of the sport on the field, and recognises outstanding contributions to football off the field.

The Hall of Fame was established in 1999 to pay tribute to Australia's football greats and to recognise exceptional achievements of players, coaches, referees, administrators and media representatives.

To be inducted into the Hall of Fame is a highly prestigious honour.

130 years of football
Australia's passion for football is thought to have started when "ball games with feet" were recorded in the goldfields during the 1850s. It wasn't until 1875, however, that the sport started in an official capacity with the arrival in Australia of John Walter Fletcher. An Oxford-educated school teacher, Fletcher established Australia's first football club, the Wanderers, in Sydney in the late 1870s.

The first recorded football match took place in August 1880. The sport grew quickly and by the time Australia became a nation in 1901, football federations and clubs had been established in most parts of the country.

Australia played its first international game against New Zealand in 1922. Since then, Australian football has experienced many highs and lows but the one constant has been the dedication, commitment and passion of a diverse range of people who have been involved in the game as players, coaches, referees and administrators.

Recognising outstanding achievement
Since the Football Hall of Fame was established, more than 200 people have been recognised for their outstanding contributions to the game. Those of us who are involved in the sport owe each of them a vote of thanks.

Our Football Hall of Fame inductees include well known football names, as well as 'unsung heroes' - people we would not generally hear about but who have made a substantial and sustained contribution to the growth and development of the sport in Australia.

Designed as a virtual gallery, the Football Hall of Fame website showcases the men and women who have received an award. We hope that it will help increase recognition and understanding of Australia's football heritage.

For further information contact FFA at media@footballaustralia.com.au