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Tuesday 3 January 2012

Vale Michael Weinstein, AM, BEM - FFA media release

Michael Weinstein, AM, BEM, who served as a senior football administrator in Australia for 25 years, passed away on New Year's Eve, aged 89.

Weinstein played a significant role in the establishment of the Australian Soccer Federation (ASF) in 1961 and was a key figure in the negotiations leading to the lifting of Australia's suspension by FIFA in 963. He became Vice-President of the ASF from 1975 to 1986.

Weinstein was a member of the Local Organising Committee for the 1981 FIFA World Youth Cup staged in Australia and was a delegate to the Australian Olympic Committee. He was a life member of the Victorian Soccer Federation, Football Federation Victoria and the ASF. He was a Member of both the Football Federation Australia (FFA) and FFV Halls of Fame and was awarded the British Empire Medal in 1977 for his services to sport and the Australia Medal in 1986 for his services to football.

The medal for the best Under-16 player in Victoria each year is named in his honour.

Born in Wloclawek, Poland on 28 January 1922, he migrated to Australia in 1950. He played with Hakoah in Melbourne, but after pointing out some deficiencies he quickly became team manager at the club.

He was part of a group who were dissatisfied with the Victorian Amateur Soccer Football Association (VASFA). He was heavily involved in the replacement of VASFA by the VSF in 1962, both as a leader of the clubs seeking change and helping to negotiate the settlement which was
reached.

He worked closely with Theo Marmaras to bring this about in a way which ensured continuity between the old and the new body. He was appointed as one of the Treasurers of the VSF in 1963. He helped purchase Soccer House in St Kilda, the VSF's first home. Michael Weinstein became Chair of the State League Management Committee in 1965 and '66 became a Trustee of the Federation.

He chaired the VSF Reorganisation Committee in 1966 which produced a major report recommending significant changes in the organisation of the game in Victoria, many of which were successfully implemented.

In 1967, Weinstein took over as Chairman of the Board of Management, a role he held until 1986, apart from a brief interlude in 1970-72.

He resided over a period of fundamental changes in the game as the focus switched from the states to national and international activity.

In business he was a major shareholder in Glenvill Pty Ltd which owned the well-known house building company. He is survived by his wife Josephine and two of their three daughters, Cynthia and Dianne.

Courtesy Roy Hay, FFA Panel of Historians member

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