The aims of the Football Australia Hall of Fame are to celebrate and highlight the achievements of retired players and other participants who have contributed significantly to the game. These are made up of either Australian and/or non-Australian players, managers and other participants who have become significant figures in the history of the game in Australia. It was first established as the Soccer Hall of Fame in 1999. New members are generally added each year.
All nominees must be Australian citizens. For non-players, inclusion is based on criteria including and "overall sustained contribution to the game".
Originally, there were several categories based on the nature of an individual's contribution, including: