Vale Mike Wells

Football Federation SA is saddened to hear the loss of Hall of Fame Member, Life Member, and former State Coach, Mike Wells.

Migrating to Australia in 1970 from London, England, Mike contributed to the game as a player, coach, manager, and an administrator. 

He officiated as General Manager at SASF (South Australian Soccer Federation),  Manager and Coach of SA State teams at all levels and was the first full-time Director of Coaching in South Australia. He was also the National Director of Coaching and a Coaching Instructor for FIFA & Oceania Football Confederation and the SASF.

Mike Wells | Major Achievements

  • Inducted as a Football Federation SA Life Member in 1989
  • Inducted in 2003 as a member for distinguished contribution into the roll of honour with Football Federation South Australia  (FFSA) Hall of Fame
  • Inducted in 2008 as a member for distinguished contribution into the roll of honour with Football Federation Australia  (FFA) Hall of Fame
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Mike posing for a photo with the Australian National side in Saudi Arabia, 1996.

Mike will also be remembered for the stellar work he did overseas, representing the Australian Government on a football coaching assignment in Africa, conducting coaching courses in Zimbabwe, Kenya, Tanzania, and Zambia. He was also the first Australian representative to attend the Brazilian Football Academy in Rio de Janeiro. 

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Mike with a group of budding footballers in Tanzania, 1983.

Back here in South Australia, Mike was a member of the SA Sports Advisory Council, founder member Athelstone SC, while fulfilling assistant coaching roles with Azzurri (Adelaide Blue Eagles), then Polonia (Croydon Kings) where they won a league and cup double.

Mike was also an assistant coach with West Adelaide that won the NSL title in 1978.

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Mike being inducted into the FFA Hall of Fame in 2008.

There will be a service at Barossa Funerals in Tanunda at 11 am on Monday 16th September. 

The football community extends its condolences to Mike's family and friends at this time. 

Vale Mike.