Football Victoria CEO takes up senior role with FFA

Football Victoria (FV) announced today that CEO Peter Filopoulos will be leaving the organisation to lead Football Federation Australia’s (FFA) Marketing, Communications and Corporate Affairs function.

Mr Filopoulos, who has been with FV since May 2018, will commence his new role from 1 September. FV President, Kimon Taliadoros, will also assume the position of CEO pending a permanent appointment. The FV Board has established an Operational Committee to consolidate the appropriate governance and decision-making structures throughout the interim period.

Mr Taliadoros said the outgoing CEO’s contribution to Victorian football over the past two years has FV well-placed while navigating the impacts of a disrupted season.

“Working closely with the Board, Peter has shaped and led FV’s bold FootbALLways strategic plan to drive and grow the game across the state over the past two years.”

Key initiatives and milestones have included:

  • Leading the development of FV’s facilities and infrastructure strategy which has seen the game unlock significant and unprecedented levels of public funding to meet growing participation numbers;
  • Implementing the FV club ambassador program to enable the growth and prosperity of Victoria’s 355-member clubs;
  • Strong year-on-year participation growth of 24% and 29% in 2018 and 2019 respectively;
  • Initiating plans and securing government funding for the creation of a dedicated Home of the Matildas in Melbourne;
  • Launching the Emerging Matildas program;
  • Overseeing a comprehensive review of Victoria’s football competitions (Men’s and Boys’, Women and Girls’), including reform of the state’s National Premier Leagues;
  • Leading FV on various working groups with FFA including the Government and Advocacy working group and Digital Steering Committee; and
  • Playing a leadership role within Victoria’s sporting sector as a Board Member of Vicsport and a “Change our Game” Ambassador. 

“Peter is one of the most talented sports administrators in football and it speaks volumes that FFA has chosen to make him part of the team at a time of unprecedented change and opportunity for our game”, said Mr Taliadoros.

“Peter’s role with FFA ensures that our best talent remains in football. He departs with our best wishes and we are confident he will continue to bring tremendous value to our beautiful game” he said.

Mr Filopoulos said he was very proud of FV’s achievements in recent years during his tenure as CEO. 

“From the progress we’ve made in taking the game to more people in more places than ever before, to the way football and the football community has responded to the immense challenges of the past six months, it has been enormously rewarding and humbling to be part of such a dedicated team. I’d like to thank the staff and executive leadership team who have been resolute in their support and focus through my tenure.”

“I also owe a debt of gratitude to Kimon and the Board for the vision and backing they have demonstrated in my time with FV and, of course, to the clubs and everyone across the game who has embraced what we’ve set out to do”, said Mr Filopoulos.

In his new role, Mr Filopoulos will be part of a new-look executive team reporting to FFA CEO, James Johnson.

“I’m looking forward to being part of the team at FFA and supporting James in bringing to life the vision and strategic priorities he and the Board have laid out”, he said.