Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander readers are respectfully cautioned that this website contains images of people who have passed away.

The Death and Life of Australian Soccer

This is more than a book about soccer – it is the story of Australia’s national identity.

Available. Dispatched 2-3 business days

In The Death and Life of Australian Soccer, Joe Gorman chronicles the rise and fall of Australia’s first national football competition. Drawing on archival research and numerous interviews, he reveals the sport’s vibrant multicultural history, while also taking an unflinching look at the issues that plague the game.

Timely and fascinating, The Death and Life of Australian Soccer is no ordinary sports book. It is the riveting story of Australia’s national identity, and offers new ways of understanding the great changes that have shaped our country.

Joe Gorman
Photo by Jack Baxter

Joe Gorman

Joe Gorman is an independent journalist and author. His journalism has been published in TheGuardian, TheSydney Morning Herald, TheAge, TheCourier-Mail, Overland, New Matilda, Sports Illustrated, Penthouse and SBS. He has spoken at the Sydney Writers Festival, and appeared on Al Jazeera, Copa90, Deutsche Welle, and the ABC. His first book, The Death and Life of Australian Soccer, was hailed as ‘one of the best and most important written on Australian sport’ by TheAge, and long-listed for the 2017 Walkley Book Award. Joe was born in Brisbane and lives in Cairns. His second bestseller, Heartland, won the Queensland Literary Awards – Queensland Premier’s Award for a work of State Significance in 2020.