Professional Footballers Australia (the PFA) has welcomed the news Football Federation Australia (FFA) and the Commonwealth Government have committed funding to expand John Moriarty Football’s (JMF) indigenous engagement programs throughout Australia.

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The PFA has been a proud partner of JMF for the past three years, with the Socceroos and the PFA donating over $150,000 to JMF, including $90,000 on the eve of their 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifier against Jordan in Sydney in 2016.

Led by the work of JMF Director and PFA Champion Craig Foster, and as part of the player association’s commitment to JMF, the funding has been vital in assisting JMF to support, train, develop and build pathways for Indigenous footballers in remote areas of Australia.

The Commonwealth Government’s contribution comes after the PFA partnered with JMF to promote the 2018 Indigenous Football Week earlier this month, highlighting the current ‘State of Play’ of indigenous football engagement.

PFA Chief Executive John Didulica said:

“JMF continues to champion indigenous football engagement in Australia and this commitment from FFA and the Government speaks volumes of the incredible impact this organisation has had on the lives of young indigenous players and their communities.

“We are very proud of our association with JMF and we look forward to continuing our partnership and contributing to their operation and mission to ensure football is accessible to remote Australian communities.

“We are already seeing the fruits of JMF’s work with Shadeene Evans emerging as a Matildas star of the future.”