David Gallop


Football Federation of Australia

David Gallop is a member of the Male Champions of Change Sport and joined in 2017. David was appointed Chief Executive Officer of Football Federation Australia in November 2012.

David’s tenure since this time has coincided with a period of stability, growth and innovation in Australian football, underpinned by the successful 2015 AFC Asian Cup that saw the Socceroos crowned as the Champions of Asia, Australia’s qualification for the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil and 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia, and the Matildas’ inspiring run during the quarterfinals of the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup in Canada, and qualification for 2018 AFC Women’s Asian Cup in Jordan. 

On the domestic front, initiatives include the launch of the Westfield FFA Cup, roll out of the Aldi MiniRoos initiative, Foxtel A-League All Stars, the National Premier League, and sustained growth in Hyundai A-League and Westfield W-League ratings, crowds and memberships.

David Gallop entered the world of Football with a rich sporting background having been Chief Executive of the National Rugby League for over a decade where he guided the game through one of it’s most successful era in terms of crowds, television ratings and commercial success. Prior to this he held the Legal Adviser role to the game, since the NRL’s inception in 1997.

One of the most respected sporting administrators in Australia he was appointed to the restructured Australian Sports Commission in 2008 and served as Deputy Chairman until the end of his term in 2014.

A winner of the Australian Sports Administrator of the Year Award (2006) and the NSW Sports Administrator of the Year (2002), David Gallop was also the Secretary of the Rugby League International Federation from 1998 to 2011 and previously as a member of the Asian Football Confederation Competitions Committee. He was also a member of the Local Organising Committee for the 2015 AFC Asian Cup and is an Ambassador for the Male Champions of Change (Sport) program.

In 2016, David Gallop was awarded a Member of the Order of Australia for significant services to sports administration through executive roles with football and rugby league organisations, and to the community.

A law graduate and a former first grade cricketer, David Gallop is known for a considered approach in dealing with complex issues and for his ability to combine the passion of sport with the realities of a competitive business world.

David grew up in Canberra and he is married with two children.