Theo Maramaris MBE
Born in Greece in 1910, Theo Marmaris played a significant role in the formation of the Australian and Victorian Soccer Federations and the South Melbourne Soccer Club. He was the foundation president of the Victorian Soccer Federation and the South Melbourne Soccer Club, and a leading member of the ASF. He notably helped negotiate Australia’s re-admittance to FIFA after a three year ban. Marmaris’ commitment and passion for the sport was demonstrated by the numerous positions he held, including patron and trustee of the Victorian Soccer Federation, vice-president of the ASF and Australia’s representative to FIFA. Marmaris assisted in the amalgation of two clubs to form South Melbourne, oversaw the development of Middle Park Stadium and was responsible for the purchase of the St Kilda building that became the first VSF Soccer House. He was made a life member of the ASF in 1967 and was awarded an MBE for his community effort and service to the sport, particuarly his efforts in helping to establish the National Soccer League.