Craig Foster is one of Australia’s most recognised and respected football personalities and prominent analyst, commentator and author.
Craig is a key member of SBS Television’s award winning UEFA Champions League coverage, veteran broadcaster of three FIFA World Cups and The World Game, Australia’s most popular weekly football show, for over ten years.
He is the lead sports presenter on World News Australia, a forthright columnist with the Sun Herald and author of “Fozz on Football” – where he expands on the grand vision of Australia one day winning the FIFA World Cup, Australia’s last great sporting frontier.
Craig acts as judge for the prestigious FIFA Ballon D’Or awarded to the World Footballer of the Year, the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) International Player of the Year, and for the internationally renowned magazine, World Soccer, annual awards.
Life member and formerly Chief Executive of Professional Footballer’s Australia (PFA), the representative body of professional players, Craig’s playing career included 29 international appearances for the Socceroos including as the 40th Captain of the country, along with a lengthy club career in Australia and England with Portsmouth FC and as Club Captain of Crystal Palace.
In addition, the PFA award an annual scholarship in media studies in Craig’s name to a current, professional Australian player.
Aside from his media commitments, Craig holds a Postgraduate Degree in Football Management from the Johan Cruyff Institute for Sport Studies in Barcelona, a Professional Coaching A-License from Football Federation Australia, is an Ambassador for the Australia Day Council, Barnardo’s, The Brazil Foundation, Homeless World Cup, Big Issue Street Soccer Program and Football United, a University of NSW charity for refugee and disadvantaged kids, which is Australia’s only member of the FIFA Football For Hope family.
Craig is also a Director of the Johnny Warren Football Foundation tasked with furthering the legacy of the great football evangelist and COALAR, The Council on Australia Latin America Relations, under the auspices of the Australian Government Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT).
In 2010, Craig led a NSW Govt Sports Business Mission to Brazil to develop Australian business relations through sport for the 2014 World Cup and 2016 Rio Olympics, and accompanied then Foreign Minister, Kevin Rudd to sign a Sports MOU with the Brazilian Government to share expertise and collaborate on major projects.
In 2011, Craig initiated the ‘Harmony Game’ in conjunction with SBS and the Australian Government Department of Immigration & Citizenship as part of Australia’s national ‘Harmony Day’, which aims to use football to teach the importance of diversity, acceptance and multiculturalism in Australian public schools and which now sees thousands of school children sharing a ‘kickabout for understanding’ on March 21 each year.
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