This was the line-up planned for 2021. It is likely to change for 2022 subject to the availability of speakers for the new date. We will update the line-up and the program from the end of 2021.
Danny was appointed CEO of Sydney FC in August 2017 and Managing Director of the APLCo earlier this year. He previously worked as co-Global Managing Director of Nielsen Sports in New York, working across the NBA, NFL, English Premier League, Bundesliga and La Liga, to name but a few. He was previously the co-founder of Repucom, and worked with leading football clubs in Europe, Asia and the United States, and is a former NSL player with Parramatta Power and Sydney United, where he was a member of the premiership winning team in 1999.
Tony Harper has worked as a journalist for more than 30 years, starting with AAP including stints as the Sports Editor of the Sun-Herald, editor of Inside Cricket and Football+, National Digital Editor with News Limited and Fox Sports and, more recently, Managing Editor of The Roar and Athletes Voice. He also owns an Inn in the Japanese Alps which he plans to return to once Covid permits.
Rose Valente is the founder of The Ladies League. Rose creates content for their social channels amongst other things and is constantly on the lookout for a fresh approach to hyping our game here in Australia. The Ladies League are working hard to provide fans of the game with a new outlook and different perspective around their favourite teams and players.
Michelle is the Videographer/Editor of The Ladies League. After completing her Bachelor of Creative Arts (Film and TV Production) at JMC Academy, she joined The Ladies League creating fun and interesting content to promote the game in Australia. Michelle’s career highlight with The Ladies League was the creation of the hit 2019 documentary, 'She Kicks Like A Girl' for their YouTube channel. While The Ladies League enjoys their fun and quirky content, Michelle is excited to produce more documentaries and inspirational content within Australian football.
Valentino Migliaccio, AKA Val, is a professional football journalist and was widely acknowledged working mainly for News Corp mastheads in Australia. He has served media in the football industry since 1994 and is currently a freelance writer. Val is also one of the pundits on the national TRIPLE-M Real Football Show podcast after hosting a football show on commercial radio FIVEaa in Adelaide. Apart from being the chief football writer for NewsCorp in South Australia, Val has also worked for football at two Olympic Games and three FIFA World Cup tournaments as a senior broadcast liaison officer for Host Broadcast Services. He has also travelled extensively throughout Asia to cover AFC Champions League and the AFC Asian Cup, the Middle East, Europe and Canada.
Ian Syson has been an academic, publisher, magazine editor and English teacher. He now focuses mainly on his historical football research via the FNR radio show, 'If You Know Your History'. COVID permitting, he will soon resume work on his two main history projects: Weston workers football club and soccer in Victoria.
Jonathan is a freelance sportswriter and broadcaster who appears regularly in 'The Guardian'.
Nick Stoll is a journalist who has worked on football for Fox Sports, SBS The World Game and Optus Sport. He is currently Social Media Producer for Optus Sport.
Frank is a Socceroo great, having played 67 games (37 'A' internationals), and coaching the team for 60 games (W34-D10-L16) from 1999-2005. He was first selected for the Socceroos as a 19-year-old in 1984. He played in Australia, Belgium, France and Italy and was the first Australian to play in Serie A on a then record transfer fee for an Australian player. He has been Technical Director and National Coach of Fiji and PNG, as well as an A-League coach. Frank's book on his playing career, 'My World is Round' (ghostwritten by Bonita Mersiades) was published in 1998.
John Kosmina, or ‘Kossie’, is a Socceroo great, having captained the side for 25 ‘A’ internationals in a career that spanned 100 games for the national team (60 ‘A’ internationals) for 42 goals. He was a prolific goalscorer in the NSL with 133 goals in 289 appearances, most notably with Sydney City with whom he won two championships in 1981 and 1982, and he had a brief spell with Arsenal in 1978/79. He has coached in the NSL, the A-League and NSW, SA and Queensland state leagues/NPL and is also a regular analyst on Fox Sports football coverage. He most recently coached Brisbane Strikers in the Queensland NPL.
Andy Harper (or 'Harps') has been one of the voices of football for the past 16 years with Fox Sports, but he has been covering football as a commentator for more than 23 years including the 1998 and 2002 World Cups, European championships and Asian championships as well as the Socceroos, Matildas and A-League. Andy played 321 games (101 goals) over a 15-year career in the NSL including with Sydney City, St George, Marconi and Newcastle. He is the author or co-author of four books: the landmark 'Sheilas, Wogs and Poofters' by Johnny Warren, 'Mr and Mrs Soccer', 'The Socceroos: Voodoo to Destiny', and 'Changing the Game: Football in Australia in My Eyes' by Ange Postecoglou. Andy’s was awarded a PhD by the University of Sydney in 2020 for his thesis on 'Australia’s Power Structures and the Legitimisation of Soccer, 2003 – 2015.' Andy will deliver the inaugural Michael Cockerill Oration on Friday 1 October at the Jamberoo School of Arts.
Gary Cole is a former Socceroo and Heidelberg United FC great, and a football leader with a diverse background and extensive leadership experience in football at Melbourne Victory FC, Sydney FC and Football Victoria. He is currently on the ExCo of Football Coaches Australia, where he hosts ‘The Football Coaching Life’ podcast, and he has previously coached at the AIS with Dr Ron Smith, as assistant to the late Frank Arok with the Socceroos, in the NSL and the Victorian Premier League.
Greg is Chairman of the North Coast (NSW) Academy of Sport and a Lecturer at Southern Cross University. His PhD on 'An oral history of the women's game in Australia' forms the basis of his book 'Dedicated Lives: Untold Stories of the Pioneers of Women's Football in Australia', to be published in 2021.
Samantha is a freelance women's football writer based in Sydney. Her work has been published by The Guardian, ESPN, Optus Sport, ABC, The World Game and W-League/Matildas websites, and has appeared on panels and broadcast shows including SBS's coverage of the UEFA Women's Champions League and ABC's Australian Story. She is also a member of ESPN's The Far Post podcast.
Fiona is a writer and editor whose work spans social and environmental issues, the arts, and football. Fiona has written for The Sydney Morning Herald, The Big Issue, and FourFourTwo (now FTBL), and she formerly managed FFA’s Matildas and W-League social media. Her PhD examined how the Homeless World Cup uses football to tackle homelessness. Her co-authored book with Lee McGowan, 'Never Say Die: The Hundred-Year Overnight Success of Australian Women’s Football', is a history of the first 100 years of women’s football in Australia.
Vicky has been a journalist for 35 years and is a former Sports Editor of the Cairns Post, as well as a dedicated football volunteer. '100 Years of Football at Wynnum', to be published later in 2021, is her first book.
Ken Morton is a former Manchester United Academy player, where his close friends included George Best. After a playing career in lower levels in England, Ken has had an extensive coaching career in Africa, south-east Asia and Australia. He is Head Coach of South Hobart FC in the NPL.
Hunter is a Lecturer in Sports Management at Deakin University in Melbourne, Australia. His book, 'Code Wars, published this year, looks at the competition between the four football codes and the battle for fans, dollars and survival.
Lucas Gillard's first book, 'Be My Guest - Football Superstars in Australia' was co-authored with Jason Goldsmith and published earlier this year.
Jason has co-authored 'Be My Guest - Football Superstars in Australia' with Lucas Gillard, published this year. It is his second book following the publication of 'The Lost Socceroos' in 2019.
Andy's autobiography 'Riding Shotgun - the Autobiography of the Original Wizard of Oz' was published in April this year. It is a rollercoaster ride of a boy from Canberra with an incredible tale that is raw, heartfelt and, at its heart, searingly honest. Andy is a former Socceroo, who played professionally in Spain, Australia and England and was captain of Reading FC for four years.
Brendan has over 25 years leadership experience in the player relations, human rights, legal, governance and business aspects of elite sport at the global, regional and national levels. Appointed Executive Director of the World Players Association (World Players) in July 2015, he has united the world’s leading player associations which collectively represent 85,000 athletes to champion the dignity of the player and the humanity of sport. World Players’ vision for sport and human rights has required the organisation to provide thought leadership backed by athlete activism and collective action. In recent years, Brendan has authored key articles for academic journals and policies on the intersection of human rights law and sport. Brendan co-founded Professional Footballers' Australia in 1993 and the Australian Athletes' Association, and was a Board member/Vice-President of FIFPRO from 2007-2015, and Chairman of FIFPRO Asia.
Texi is the veteran of nine marathons, an enthusiastic amateur player, a volunteer coach, manager and referee, and runs a busy IT consultancy. He is also the rarest of authors - of football novels - with four published so far: 'Introducing Jarrod Black' and 'Jarrod Black Hospital Pass' (both 2019), 'Jarrod Black Guilty Party' (2020) and 'Anna Black - this girl can play' (2021).
Michael was a senior journalist for Network TEN in Sydney until September 2020. He is the producer and writer of ‘Mark Viduka Uncovered’ broadcast on ESPN. He is now a freelance journalist who is also a passionate Liverpool, Newcastle Jets and Adamstown Rosebud supporter. He is currently completing his first book.
'Fozz' is a former professional football player in Australia, Malaysia, Hong Kong and England, Socceroo and one of Australia’s leading football advocates, as well as human rights campaigner. He is also a Pro-License coach, and lawyer. He is a member of the Australian Multicultural Council, a Human Rights Ambassador with Amnesty International and an Adjunct Professor of Sport and Social Responsibility with Torrens University. He is author of the books 'Fozz on Football' (2010) and 'Saving Hakeem' (2019).
Andrew is a statistician by day (with the ABS) and night (football's statto), and author of the 'Encyclopedia of Socceroos' (2018) and co-author of the 'Encyclopedia of Matildas' (2019).
Emma is Deputy Sports Editor with The Guardian Australia. She who has previously worked with The Sydney Morning Herald, Daily Telegraph and AAP in Sydney. She also recently completed a Masters of International Relations.
Simon was Chief Football Commentator with Fox Sports for 15 years, and has been a journalist, broadcaster and commentator for more than 25 years in the UK and Australia, principally focussed on football. He co-hosts a number of podcasts and the football program on SEN Radio. He is author of the autobiography, 'Just A Gob on a Stick' (2017) and is a lifelong Manchester City fan.
John is a Worimi Aboriginal man from the Port Stephens region of NSW. He is currently a Director at the Wollotuka Institute of Aboriginal Studies at the University of Newcastle and Chair of Indigenous History. He has held several major positions and served on numerous prominent organisations and committees related to education, history and Indigenous issues. As well as his academic work, John's books include 'Aboriginal Stars of the Turf', 'Fight for Liberty and Freedom', 'Aborigines and the Sport of Kings' and 'The Aboriginal Soccer Tribe', the second and updated edition of which was published in 2019.