FFA extends Gallop's contract until 2018

David Gallop has had his contract extended as CEO of Football Federation Australia until the end of 2018.

The announcement by the FFA Board follows a record-breaking year for the A-League, the launch of the FFA Cup and the huge success of the Asian Cup on home soil.

Gallop, a former NRL boss, is just two years into his original four-year contract but has overseen unprecedented growth and stability in the game.

The extension will see him remain at the helm until after the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia and well into the post-Frank Lowy era.

FFA Chairman Lowy said the board was unanimous in reaching the decision to extend Gallop’s contract.

“David’s tenure since November 2012 has coincided with a period of stability, growth and innovation in Australian football, driven by initiatives that the CEO and his team have managed with great skill and care,” Lowy said.

“The major achievements of launching the Westfield FFA Cup, Foxtel A-League All Stars and the National Premier Leagues are highlights, while the growth in the Hyundai A-League gives the game a thriving weekly showcase.

“David has also nurtured great working relationships with Socceroo coach Ange Postecoglou and Westfield Matildas coach Alen Stajcic. Our national teams have never been in better shape.

“The contract extension is worthy recognition for David’s hard work and will give all FFA’s stakeholders certainty and confidence for the years ahead.”

Gallop, who is bullish about the long-term prospects of the game in Australia, said he relished the chance to implement long-term plans for Australian football.

“It’s been a privilege to be CEO at a time of such spectacular growth for the game and the incredible achievement of winning the Asian Cup,” said Gallop.

“I thank the Board for their vote of confidence. I feel invigorated by the challenge ahead and I will aim to strengthen the unity of purpose among football’s stakeholders.

“The work we’re doing at the moment with our stakeholders on the Whole of Football Plan will set a platform for football to become the biggest and most popular sport in Australia.

“In doing that we’ll always recognise the passion and energy of the 1.96 million Australians who currently participate in the beautiful game.”

He added: “I arrived with a mandate from the Board to review and where necessary renew the senior management ranks.

“We now have a great mix of skills and experience for the task of running Australia’s fastest growing sport.

“I’m proud to have established a dedicated Community Football department with a strong focus on women’s football. Our review and overhaul of the National Teams Unit has produced great outcomes.

“It’s an incredibly exciting period for the game and I’m certain our best years are ahead of us.”