Listen to John Didulica speak about how he believes the football community can unite in 2018.
PFA CEO John Didulica said 2018 is the year where the football community must “build a unified vision for what football can be” on FNR_Football Nation Radio yesterday morning.
Didulica believes creating a greater sense of unity among the football community will help progress the game and establish it as a force in Australian sport.
“We need to position Australian football in a way which displays its strengths. We need to tell our story,” Didulica said.
Didulica emphasised how despite there being a large football following in Australia, the community must take ownership of the game and provide a platform for future generations.
In addition, Didulica believes the FFA can play a pivotal role in unifying the football community through actively listening to constituents.
“We need to start listening, there are lots of people with great ideas on how to improve the game,” Didulica said.
Didulica highlighted football’s growing popularity in Australia as well as the significant improvement in the standard at a professional level, but believes a lack of unity is what is preventing football from progressing.
There are currently over 1 million registered footballers in Australia with many more engaged in the sport and volunteering at local clubs.
“Never has there been so many people prepared to invest in football,” Didulica said.
While much of the discussion centred on football’s improvement, Didulica heavily praised football’s recent success in Australia.
The Matildas were one of the biggest success stories in Australian sport in 2017.
Currently ranked 4th in the FIFA Women’s World Rankings following their victory in the 2017 Tournament of Nations, the team will be heading into the 2019 Women’s World Cup as one of the favourites.
“There is a World Cup in 18 months’ time and the Matildas are going in as favourites. We are in real touching distance of winning a World Cup,” Didulica said.
The Socceroos also find themselves in impressive company after they qualified for their fourth consecutive World Cup.
John Didulica is CEO of the PFA and appears on ‘Football Extra’ from 9am (AEDT) with Carlos Alberto Diego on FNR_Football Nation Radio.
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