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FIFPro today is pleased to announce the appointment of Francis Awaritefe to the executive board of the world players' association.

Former Australian international Awaritefe, capped three times by the Socceroos, has been nominated by FIFPro Division Asia/Oceania to represent the interests of professional footballers across the region.

Awaritefe is a highly-respected contributor to the Australian football scene who achieved great success as one of the leading all-time goalscorers in the country's domestic league before turning his attention to media, football administration and governance.

Awaritefe has served as a member of the Australian PFA’s Executive Committee and most recently completed an honours degree in Law at London’s City Law School.

“It’s fantastic, it’s something that when the PFA approached me about doing the role, I jumped at it,” Awaritefe said.

“It’s a privilege that they’ve put this trust in me, both the players in terms of the Australian PFA and also my fellow board members in the Asia/Oceania division.

“I’ve always had an international perspective as far as football has gone and obviously my interest in these sorts of issues date back to my involvement in the very early days of the formation of the Australian PFA.”

Awaritefe was awarded PFA Life Membership in 2000 in recognition of his outstanding contribution to the game and its players.

During his playing career, Awaritefe acted as a club delegate and was instrumental in helping implement Australia's first equal opportunity code.

“For Australian players to have one of their own advocating for players on the global stage is a significant achievement for the PFA and Francis himself,” said PFA CEO John Didulica.

“Within global matters such as football governance and the transfer system, FIFPro is an important player, so to have Francis operating in that sphere is hugely valuable for the players.”

Awaritefe will begin his role at FIFPro when the new 13-member exectuve board takes shape in December.

Photo (below): Francis Awaritefe in action for Melbourne Knights, his first Australian club. He went on to play for South Melbourne, Marconi and Sydney United in the now defunct National Soccer League, scoring 124 goals in Australia's top flight between 1989 and 2000.