Socceroos - The History
History of the game in Australia
The first seriously regarded national controlling body did not emerge until 1923 when the Football Association of Australia was formed. This body flexed its organisational muscles and lured a New Zealand and a Chinese Club team to the country for tours and followed with Canada in 1924 and finally, an English FA fully representative team visiting in 1925. The English visit promoted a massive boom in the game in the period up to the outbreak of World War Two with further tours by China and Czechoslovakia (with club teams), New Zealand, India, a team from Palestine and an upsurge in interstate competition.
In 1937 an all amateur English team visited Australia and the local national team twice defeated the English Lilywhites. There were other international tours leading up to the visit by the English professional team of 1950.
This is the Ron Lord diary about the Olympic games in Melbourne 1956
Even in 1950, there were
signs that the administration of Australian soccer was ailing, but it did not take head
until 1957 when the controlling body, the Australian Soccer Federation Ltd., was
challenged by a breakaway group which eventually became the Australian Soccer Federation
and which gained absolute control in 1961.The new body set about an adventurous
promotional campaign, but ran afoul of FIFA in 1959 for poaching of European players.
Years of bitter haggling and then, apologetic missions, resulted in the Australian
Federation finally paying a compensation fine of $50,00 and being reinstated in 1963.
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