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A teacher by profession, but is now in his 38th year as a football writer. Has written for "Soccer Action" (Melbourne), "Australian Soccer Weekly" (Sydney) and "World Soccer" (London), as well as for several Tasmanian newspapers. Currently contributing to "Goal!Weekly" in Melbourne and the Australian magazine "Soccer International". Played for Croatia-Glenorchy, Caledonians, Metro, Rapid and University in Tasmania, as well as in the United States of America. Coached University, Metro and Croatia-Glenorchy.

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Football Federation Tasmania (FFT) today announced the appointment of Mike Palmer as Chief Executive Officer (CEO).

Mr Palmer joins FFT with an impressive resume with experience in sports management from across the globe.

Mr Palmer has managed many of the world’s largest sporting events, with involvement in the 2000 Olympic Games, 2002 Commonwealth Games, 2010 FIFA World Cup, 2015 AFC Asian Cup, UEFA Champions League, UCI World Road Cycling Championships, Asian Baseball Championships and the ISAF World Sailing Championships.

After a long time overseas and interstate, Mr Palmer will now return to his home state to head up the governing body for football in Tasmania.

“I am really excited to be joining Football Federation Tasmania,” Palmer said. “I have been on the road working in sport for a long time and it is great to be coming home to work in football.”

Palmer has held a range of high-level roles with more than a quarter of a century’s involvement in sports management across various sports, but his true passion is football.

He has had extensive experience in football operations in a variety of capacities. Mr Palmer was head of operations in South Africa for the 2010 FIFA World Cup; he was Head of Venue management for the UEFA Champions League from 2002 – 2005, and was Head of Venue and Event Operations for the AFC Asian Cup from 2012 – 2014.

Palmer was also Commercial Operations Manager with the AFL in 2007 and was responsible for the establishment of the Australian Baseball League, as well as a range of other positions in major sporting events and venue management.

“I am a proud Tasmanian and have a strong love of the world game and am looking forward to driving its growth in Tasmania,” Palmer said.

FFT President Sean Collins was very pleased to be welcoming Palmer into the top job at FFT.

“It’s an exciting time for football in Tasmania, with some big items on the agenda such as progressing the junior football precinct in Cambridge, encouraging greater female participation in the game and maintaining and building on the successful State-wide Victory League and we believe we have found the right person to lead the game further forward,” Collins said.

“After an extensive national search, the board has been delighted with the quality of candidates they have been able to attract.

“It is an appointment that is really exciting for football and we are sure he will be invaluable in driving our great game forward in the state.

“Mike is a football person, a Tasmanian, with extensive experience from across the world and we think he will prove a coup for the state, and for football.”

Mr Palmer will begin in the role from Monday, 4 August, right in time for South Hobart’s Westfield FFA Cup match at KGV Football Park on Tuesday, 5 August.

“Mike joins us with a wealth of international sport experience, with involvement in some of the world’s biggest sporting events,” said Collins.

“His perspective will be very useful next Tuesday, when Hobart hosts a historic Westfield FFA Cup Round of 32 Match between South Hobart and Tuggeranong United,” said Collins.

Collins also praised the contributions of departing Interim CEO, Josh Bradshaw.

“Josh’s contribution cannot be underestimated,” Collins said. “He has made a big impact in a short time and we thank him for his assistance in ensuring no momentum was lost while searching for the right candidate.”

MIKE PALMER - HISTORY

AFC Asian Cup

General Manager, Venue and Event Operations 2012-2014

5 Oceans Media

Managing Director 2011-2012

UCI World Cycling Championships

Chief Executive Officer 2008-2010

AFL

Head of Commercial Operations 2007-2008

FIFA

Head of FIFA World Cup 2005-2007

UEFA Champions League

Head of Venue Management 2002-2005

Manchester Commonwealth Games

Director of Venues 2000-2002

Sydney 2000 Olympic Games

Head of Test Events

Football Venue Manager 1997-2000

Gymnastics Australia

Head of Event Management 1996-1997

Perth Heat Baseball

Chief Executive Officer 1989-1996

Hartley Poynton Stockbroking

Senior Trading Floor Operator 1986-1989 

Shadforths Stockbroking

Trading Operations 1981-1986

Educated at New Town High School (1975-78) and Elizabeth Matriculation College (1979-80).

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+2 #20 Anonymous 2014-07-31 23:09
Quoting Anonymous:
Quoting First World Problem:
First point of order; any chance of South Hobart putting on a nice spread of food after the game maybe at the Cascade Hotel for opposition teams.

MUST. COMPLAIN. ABOUT. SOUTH.


In the V-League it's South Hobart. In the SPL it's Clarence.

There's a team that just gets targetted - fairly or otherwise - in just about every division.

I'm sure neither club gives a stuff, too.
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+1 #19 anonymous 2014-07-31 22:57
#13 Such a lovely , friendly , hospitable and mature group at South , I can't believe teams wouldn't turn up... They do for every other club... Now what does that tell you about South and what the rest of VL think , only have themselves to blame.
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+2 #18 Anonymous 2014-07-31 22:04
Quoting First World Problem:
First point of order; any chance of South Hobart putting on a nice spread of food after the game maybe at the Cascade Hotel for opposition teams.

MUST. COMPLAIN. ABOUT. SOUTH.
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+3 #17 George Cohen 2014-07-31 12:53
I've been away for a while. I get back, look on this site and Richard Welch is no longer at FFT. Why do so many work for FFT for a short period of time and quit?

Or was Welch sacked?
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+1 #16 Captain Australia 2014-07-31 12:11
Nice work, this appears to be a great appointment, looking forward to more positives.
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+3 #15 First World Problem 2014-07-31 11:26
all the other clubs do its called courtesy and doing the right thing.
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-2 #14 got a life 2014-07-31 11:05
Quoting First World Problem:
First point of order; any chance of South Hobart putting on a nice spread of food after the game maybe at the Cascade Hotel for opposition teams.

when new clubrooms are built they will gladly host you there I am sure, grow up! SHFC last year hosted teams at Cargo and telegraph for after games as these venues were sponsors!
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-12 #13 Annon 2014-07-31 11:00
Any chance opposition teams would turn up to eat it? Past history says no
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+11 #12 First World Problem 2014-07-31 06:55
First point of order; any chance of South Hobart putting on a nice spread of food after the game maybe at the Cascade Hotel for opposition teams.
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+4 #11 Anonymous 2014-07-31 06:53
Amazing news, I have confidence that everyone will support you. Best of luck to you Mr Palmer.
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