Ben Buckley

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Ben Buckley
Ben Buckley at an FFA function
Born (1967-06-29) 29 June 1967 (age 50)
Tasmania, Australia
Residence Sydney, Australia
Education Bachelor of Science
Alma mater RMIT
Occupation Businessman
Employer Nike, Inc. (1994–1996)
EA Sports (1996–1999)
AFL (1999–2006)
FFA (2006–2012)
Spouse(s) Sarah Buckley
Children Billy Buckley, Charlie Buckley, Tess Buckley, Jack Buckley

Benjamin "Ben" Buckley (born 29 June 1967) is an Australian businessman, former Australian Rules Footballer and current chairman of the North Melbourne Football Club in the Australian Football League. He is the former Chief Executive Officer of Football Federation Australia.[1]

VFL/AFL career[edit]

Buckley, a defender, played 74 games between 1986 and 1993 for North Melbourne in the VFL/AFL and was vice-captain from 1990 until 1992.[1]


Buckley's secondary education was in his home state of Tasmania.[2] He has a bachelor's degree in Applied Science.[1]

He has four children - Tess, Jack, Billy and Charlie

Working life[edit]

Buckley joined Nike, Inc. from 1994 as Director of Marketing in Japan and later took over the same role in Australia.[1]

He was General Manager and Vice President of Australasia operations for EA Sports between 1996 and 1999.[1]

Buckley was then appointed the Australian Football League's General Manager responsible for broadcasting, strategy and major projects, before becoming Chief Operating Officer, a position which he held until 2006, when it was announced on 8 November 2006 that he will replace John O'Neill as Chief Executive Officer of Football Federation Australia.[1][3][4][5] Led unsuccessful bid to bring FIFA World Cup to Australia.

On 21 August 2012 it was announced he had stepped down from his position as Chief Executive Officer of Football Federation Australia. At the same time, it was announced he would be replaced by former Chief Executive Officer of the National Rugby League David Gallop [6]

Currently Buckley is the Executive Director in Foxtel, overseeing and managing sports contents within this Broadcast media company.

On 20 October 2016, Buckley was voted in as the new chairman of the North Melbourne Football Club , replacing James Brayshaw.


  1. ^ a b c d e f "AFL chief takes FFA role". Fox Sports (Australia). 2006-11-08. Retrieved 2006-11-08. 
  2. ^ "Emerging leaders - Sport". The Australian. 25 April 2009. Archived from the original on 30 April 2009. Retrieved 19 May 2009. 
  3. ^ "AFL's Buckley to be new football boss". Sydney Morning Herald. 2006-11-08. Retrieved 2006-11-08. 
  4. ^ "Ben Buckley appointed as new FFA CEO". Football Federation Australia. 2006-11-08. Retrieved 2006-11-08. 
  5. ^ Stamocostas, Con (28 March 2009). "Exclusive: I'm A Football Man Now – FFA CEO Ben Buckley". Retrieved 2009-05-19. 
  6. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 13 October 2012. Retrieved 2012-08-21.