Donato Di Fabrizio

Don Di Fabrizio migrated to Australia from Italy in 1954 and became involved with the Morwell Falcons in the 1960s. 

He was elected president in 1969 and served in that position for 23 years.  In 1995, Di Fabrizio was appointed a Commissioner for the Australian Soccer Federation (ASF) and was involved with the development of the sport at all national levels as well as marketing, television rights and the restructure of the national soccer league. 

Don also contributed to the integration of women’s football under Soccer Australia, uniting the two national refereeing bodies, and was inaugural Chairman of the National Honours Awards program in 1997. 

Don holds multiple life memberships, received a knighthood from the Italian republic in 1995 and was awarded the Medal of the Order of Australia in 1996 for service to the steel construction industry and to football.