The Socceroos are right to be considered our most revered national representative side after its glowing performance at the 2006 World Cup.

The Australian Men’s National Team won the hearts of the nation with three stirring performances that propelled it to the final 16 in Germany.

Although celebrations will be tempered by the nature of the second round loss to Italy, Australia’s professional footballers no doubt acknowledge that football is often a demanding and unfair companion.

“I am glad the secret is finally out,” said PFA Chief Executive John Didulica.

“Everybody within the game has always been aware of not only the talent within this generation of players, but also their quality as people.”

“They are stars on the park and gentleman off the park. The World Cup finally gave them a forum in which to show these qualities to the rest of Australia.”

“The PFA is proud that it was authorised by the Socceroos to negotiate a Collective Agreement on their behalf that governed their remuneration while playing for Australia.”

“Through the Collective Agreement, all players in Australia will benefit, with portions of the funds generated by the players’ achievements and popularity to be split with the PFA to assist A-League players and our elite amateur players.”