Craig Foster emerges as favourite for FFA chairman role

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The TV commentator has been impressive in his campaign, particularly with his vision and passion

Former Socceroo and television pundit Craig Foster has emerged as favourite to take the vacant FFA chairman role after impressing attendees at a candidates' forum in Melbourne.

The 49-year-old, who has worked as a football analyst for SBS since retiring in 2003, gave a passionate speech that was well received by the crowd, particularly his promise to end the FFA's National Club Identity Policy, which removed ethnic identities from clubs.

This is not a game. It's a mission," Foster said in his address for the position that will be awarded at an AGM next Monday.

"Don't be fooled into thinking this is just an election. It's an inflection point.

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"It's a choice between more of the same, more insecurity as a game and mistreatment of our people, being told our game's not good enough, that our multiculturalism - our very strength - is a shame to be hidden ... or of taking our game back, believing in ourselves and our community, and joining together in a grand vision.

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"We need, finally, a shared vision where we are all inspired to play our part."

Other candidates include former Soccer Australia chairman Remo Nogarotto, ex-referee Mark Shield and Stephen Conroy - who served in the Senate for the Labor Party.

The winner will be decided by state federations (55 percent of votes), professional clubs (28 percent), a women's council (10 percent) and players (seven percent).