Behind the 90 Minutes
The PFA was established in 1993 with two key objectives: to support the players and build the game. Now 22 years later as the exclusive representative body and collective bargaining agent of Australia’s elite professional footballers, including A-League, Socceroos and Matildas players the mission remains the same.
Remarkably, the short but significant years since its establishment mark the PFA as the longest established stakeholder in the professional game in Australia.
The key to its longevity – the players.Since its establishment the PFA has, and always will be run by the players for the players. The players that drove its beginnings had the ambition and desire to forma players’ association in Australia that reflected the dignity, professionalism and qualityassociated with earning a living from playing the world’s greatest and most important game.
In pursuing their goal the players have long understood that the wellbeing of the game is a precondition to the wellbeing of the players. By doing so the PFA has been at the forefront in reforming a sport that was once widely regarded as a ‘joke’ to one that is now firmly established on the world stage both internationally through the Socceroos and Matildas and domestically through the ever-improving A-League.
The challenges that now confront the PFA and players are as challenging and as exciting as they were in 1993. The PFA will continue to confront them and work tirelessly in pursuing the interests of the game and the players.
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