|Full name||Craig Andrew Foster|
|Date of birth||15 April 1969|
|Place of birth||Lismore, New South Wales, Australia|
|Height||1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)|
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
Craig Foster (born 15 April 1969 in Lismore, New South Wales) is an Australian former association football player. He is currently a sports commentator for the Special Broadcasting Service (SBS) in Australia. He is renowned for his outspoken stance on the need for football in Australia to mature.
Playing as a midfielder, Foster debuted with Sydney Croatia in 1988, playing in a losing grand final in his first season. He moved to Victorian club Sunshine George Cross in 1989 before returning to Sydney to play for Avala in the NSW Super League. In 1992, Foster moved to Ernest Borel in Hong Kong before returning to Australia to play for Adelaide City and Marconi in the NSL.
As a 28-year-old he moved to England, linking up with Terry Venables firstly at Portsmouth, before moving to Crystal Palace as a free agent. At the time Portsmouth were in administration and needed to offload their biggest earners and with Foster being one of them, Alan Ball approached him about selling him, which ended in a fierce argument between the two. He played at Palace until the end of the 1999/00 season.
He currently plays amateur football in the Inner Western Suburbs of Sydney, with Belmore United Football Club.
Foster earned 29 caps with the Australian national football team, scoring nine goals and represented Australia at under 16 level reaching the quarter finals at the 1985 FIFA U-16 World Championship in China.
Following his retirement from professional football, Foster became the chief football analyst for the SBS show The World Game, and is remembered for his passionate commentary during the World Cup Qualifier in November 2005 against Uruguay. He is also renowned for his advocacy of a more Spanish/South American style of play, as opposed to the constant use of the long ball in football.
Foster has been a strong advocate for player’s rights, having served for five years on the Australian Professional Footballers' Association Executive, as a Director of the APFA’s commercial wing, PFAM (PFA Management), and formerly as Chief Executive of the Player’s Association. Foster is a life member of the APFA and a member of the APFA Technical Committee.
- 1991-92 Hong Kong First Division League: Team of the Season
- 1997 Oceania Footballer of the Year: nominee (5th overall)
- 2000 OFC Nations Cup: Top scorer
- Australia – Team of the Century: nominee
- Australia national association football team captain: 1 friendly match (1–1 draw with Bulgaria, 15 February 2000)
- "Profile – Craig Foster". The World Game. Retrieved 23 September 2009.
- "Kicking goals at SBS". Courier Mail. 2 October 2008. Retrieved 23 September 2009.
- Huxley, John; Timms, Aaron (17 June 2006). "We're improving at a rate of knots". Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 23 September 2009.
- Dasey, Jason (15 July 2008). "Foster: Australian for football". ESPNsoccernet. Retrieved 23 September 2009.
- "Local heroes go back to school". The Northern Rivers Echo. 2006. Retrieved 23 May 2010.
- "Foster back again for the Corey New Cup". The Northern Star. 23 February 2008. Retrieved 23 May 2010.
- "Australian Player Database – FO". ozfootball.net. Retrieved 23 September 2009.
- Lessons to be learnt from our Asian boot in the backside
- Time to end the English cringe
- Butcher, Terry (19 October 2006). "Foster's expert opinion will be welcome at training". Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 23 September 2009.
- Foster defends Arnold comments
- Oceanian Player of the Year 1997 The Rec.Sport.Soccer Statistics Foundation
- Australia – Team of the Century The Rec.Sport.Soccer Statistics Foundation