Former Socceroo, leading SBS sports presenter
Former Socceroos captain and SBS television's Chief Football Analyst Craig ‘Fozz' Foster is one of Australia's most respected football personalities, broadcasters and commentators.
Craig has been a key member of SBS Television's award-winning UEFA Champions League coverage, veteran broadcaster of three FIFA World Cups and co-host of The World Game, Australia's most popular weekly football show, for over ten years.
He is also the lead sports presenter on World News Australia, a forthright columnist with the Sun Herald and author of Fozz on Football where he expands on the grand vision of Australia one day winning the FIFA World Cup, Australia's last great sporting frontier.
Craig Foster is well known for his outspoken stance on the need for football to mature. Controversial, outspoken and passionate, he is regarded as vitally important to the growth and development of the sport in Australia.
During his playing career, Craig was a former National Soccer captain and played for Australia on 29 occasions. He began his football career with National Soccer League clubs Adelaide City and Marconi Fairfield and also briefly played for English side, Portsmouth. He showed great leadership as club captain at Crystal Palace FC in the UK and skipper of the National Soccer League side, Northern Spirit FC.
Following his retirement from professional football, Craig started his on-air career with the Seven Network, serving as a football analyst and principal commentator on the network's then Pay TV sport channel, C7 as well as a regular panellist on SBS' weekly football program of the time, On The Ball. During the 2006 Soccer World Cup, Craig was part of the successful SBS commentary team from Germany, providing expert analysis and commentary.
Off the pitch, Craig has been a strong advocate for player's rights. He is a life member and former Chief Executive of Professional Footballer's Australia (PFA), the representative body of professional players. Before becoming Chief Executive, he was a Director of the PFA's commercial wing, PFAM (PFA Management) and a member of the PFA Advisory Board.
In addition, the PFA awards an annual scholarship in media studies in Craig's name to a current, professional Australian player.
Craig acts as judge for the prestigious FIFA Ballon D'Or awarded to the World Footballer of the Year, the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) International Player of the Year, and for the internationally renowned magazine, World Soccer, annual awards.
Aside from his media commitments, Craig holds a Postgraduate Degree in Football Management from the Johan Cruyff Institute for Sport Studies in Barcelona, a Professional Coaching A-License from Football Federation Australia, is an Ambassador for the Australia Day Council, Barnardo's, TheBrazil Foundation, Homeless World Cup, Big Issue Street Soccer Program and Football United, a University of NSW charity for refugee and disadvantaged kids, which is Australia's only member of the FIFA Football For Hope family.
Craig is also a Director of the Johnny Warren Football Foundation tasked with furthering the legacy of the great football evangelist and COALAR, The Council on Australia Latin America Relations, under the auspices of the Australian Government Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT).
In 2010, Craig led a NSW Government Sports Business Mission to Brazil to develop Australian business relations through sport for the 2014 World Cup and 2016 Rio Olympics, and accompanied then Foreign Minister, Kevin Rudd to sign a Sports MOU with the Brazilian Government to share expertise and collaborate on major projects.
In 2011, Craig initiated the 'Harmony Game' in conjunction with SBS and the Australian Government Department of Immigration & Citizenship as part of Australia's national 'Harmony Day', which aims to use football to teach the importance of diversity, acceptance and multiculturalism in Australian public schools and which now sees thousands of school children sharing a 'kickabout for understanding' on March 21 each year.
There is absolutely no questioning Craig Foster's passion for football or his passion for Australia.
Craig was extremely well received by our audience, we could have listened to him for longer!
Craig was very good!
Jones Lang LaSalle Pty Ltd
Craig Foster was really well received at our media event, he has a fantastic manner and presented in line with our messaging and was well prepared and knowledgeable on the whole subject