PFA president Alex Wilkinson paid tribute to Didulica’s devotion to Australia’s footballers and his role in shaping the soccer industry for professional players during his tenure.
“‘JD’ came into the role of chief executive four years ago when the PFA was going through a difficult time. He galvanised the players and staff and pushed the organisation to new heights,” the former Socceroos centre back and Sydney FC captain said.
“During his time with the PFA, JD proved he is not only a great football administrator, but more importantly he is a great person who always put the players before anything else.
PFA executive member Lydia Williams, the Melbourne City and Matildas goalkeeper, said Didulica’s dedication to embedding gender equality in the organisation’s ethos had delivered incredible results for professional players.
“The work that JD has achieved and his vision for equality within the game in Australia between men and women has not only been realised through the national teams collective bargaining agreement last year, but also through the announcement of the 2023 Women’s World Cup.
“The players appreciate wholeheartedly his work within the PFA and he will be dearly missed.”
Didulica himself said: “It is an incredible honour to work in football and to serve footballers as chief executive of the PFA, but everybody who works in the sport knows how all-consuming it is.
“After so many consecutive years involved, I really want to step back and spend more time with my wonderful wife and daughters.
“I am so proud of the work the PFA has done in recent years and, more recently, the institutional strength we demonstrated to preserve our entire staff to service players during the unprecedented professional and wellbeing challenges presented by COVID-19.