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Gallop to step down as FFA chief executive

After seven years as Football Federation Australia chief executive, David Gallop is stepping down.

Football Federation Australia (FFA) chief executive David Gallop will step down from the position at the end of the year.

FFA chairman Chris Nikou announced on Thursday that Gallop would leave the organisation on December 31.

The former NRL CEO has been criticised often since being appointed by FFA in 2012, but Nikou paid tribute to Gallop in a statement.

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"David has provided strong and distinguished leadership over a long period and particularly through a difficult last few years for FFA as we have managed the governance and structural changes around the game," he said.