‘Oz Football Aid’ charity match to assist Nation’s bushfire recovery efforts


Australia’s footballers will be joined by some of Australia’s most prominent football lovers to support the nation’s bushfire recovery efforts through Oz Football Aid; a charity match featuring greats from football, Hollywood and television.

  • Australian celebrities Anthony LaPaglia, Ed Kavalee and Shane Delia will lace up for the charity curtain-raiser, joining a list of former international footballers to help raise funds for Australian charity, Rural Aid
  • Former international players Craig Foster, Josip Skoko, Thomas Sorensen, Sarah Walsh and Kathryn Gill will feature, with further names to be announced
  • For each ticket sale to the curtain-raiser and A-League encounter between Melbourne City FC and Perth Glory, City will donate $2 to Rural Aid
  • PFA’s charitable arm, Footballers’ Trust, has already raised over $45,000 for player-nominated charities

The match, to be held as a curtain-raiser to Melbourne City and Perth Glory’s Round 16 Hyundai A-League clash at AAMI Park on Saturday 25 January, will feature Award-winning actor Anthony LaPaglia, comedian and broadcaster Ed Kavalee, Fox Sports’ commentator Simon Hill, former international goalkeeper Thomas Sorensen and TV chef Shane Delia.

A host of former internationals will also lace up the boots again to raise awareness and funds for the nation’s ongoing bushfire recovery effort, including Socceroos Craig Foster, Josip Skoko and Matildas Sarah Walsh and Kathryn Gill.

As a part of the fundraiser, the Hyundai A-League’s major partner, Hyundai, will provide a newly released Hyundai Venue as a fundraising prize, with all future donations of $100 or more to football’s charity partner, Rural Aid, eligible to win the car, to be drawn on the day of the Hyundai A-League Grand Final. The car will be delivered personally to the winners by Craig Foster and Anthony LaPaglia.

“Uniting with the football community, particularly FFA, the Hyundai A-League, Hyundai itself and Melbourne City FC, demonstrates that football stands with those Australians who have suffered during this horrific period,” PFA Chief Executive John Didulica said.

“Through our initial fundraising efforts, our members have demonstrated how affected they have been by the scenes across Australia so we are really thankful that past players and other prominent members of the community are using their profile to hopefully build on the generosity we have seen across the nation.”

The PFA is looking forward to announcing more players in the days leading up to the match and a range of unique fundraising initiatives.

The Oz Football Aid initiative follows varied fundraising efforts through the PFA’s charitable arm, Footballers’ Trust, which has raised over $45,000 for player-nominated charities while the FFA and clubs, through their partnership with Rural Aid, have raised donations for bushfire and drought assistance to farmers, firefighters, families and their affected communities. 

The match will kick off at 5pm and entry to AAMI Park will be valid with a ticket to the City vs. Perth match at 7.30pm at AAMI Park. For each ticket sale, Melbourne City FC will donate $2 to RuralAid. Tickets via Ticketek.