John Didulica

Professional Footballers Australia

John is a licensed legal practitioner, graduating with a Master of Laws (Hons) from the University of Melbourne having previously concluded a Bachelor of Laws and Bachelor of Arts from Deakin University in his home town of Geelong. Recently, John was admitted to Harvard Business School to study the Business of Entertainment, Media and Sports.

A former professional footballer in the NSL with Sydney United and Melbourne Knights, John was originally a club delegate before joining the players’ association in 2002 as General Counsel before later being appointed Chief Executive, which included service on the FIFA Dispute Resolution Chamber. In recognition of his outstanding contribution to the players and the sport, John was awarded PFA Life Membership in 2008.

In 2008 he joined Football Federation Australia (FFA), where he assumed the role of Legal Counsel, focusing on the sport’s legal framework, covering all local, professional and international aspects of the game.

Following the granting of an A-League licence to Melbourne Heart (now Melbourne City), John was appointed to the role of Director of Football and Legal Counsel. In this role, Didulica continued to work closely with athletes, coaches, the sporting community, and on all aspects of football club operations.

In 2016 John was appointed as the Chief Executive of Professional Footballers Australia, the peak body representing the collective employment and professional interests of Australia’s footballers including the Socceroos, the Matildas, W-League players and A-League players.