Born in 1965, Mike Petersen was a noted midfielder. He began his career with Port Melbourne juniors, later joining Heidelberg United. Petersen helped win the NSL championship with Brunswick and South Melbourne before a stint with Ajax Amsterdam (Holland) starting in 1987. Petersen earned his first national selection for the match against Taiwan in Canberra in February 1988. He was a team member during the 1990 and 1994 World Cup campaigns. During his football career, Petersen played 50 matches for the Socceroos, including 32 A internationals and scored four goals.