“I’m a footballer and I’m gay,” Cavallo said in the moving video titled “Josh’s Truth”. “All I want is to play football and be treated equally.
“I know there are other players who live in silence,” added the 21-year-old. “I want to help change that, to show that everyone is welcome in football and deserves the right to be themselves authentic.”
The video was accompanied by a statement posted on Cavallo’s Twitter account.
His announcement means Cavallo is the only openly gay top male footballer.
“As a locked up gay footballer, I had to learn to hide my feelings to fit into the mold of a professional footballer,” Cavallo wrote. “As a gay footballer, I know there are other players who live in silence.
“I want to help change that, to show that everyone is welcome in football and deserves the right to be themselves authentic.”
Cavallo follows former A-League player Andy Brennan, who in 2019 became the first Australian professional soccer player to speak publicly while playing.
In 2014, former German international Thomas Hitzlsperger turned out to be gay the year after he announced his retirement from football.
USA international Robbie Rogers announced he was gay when he retired from professional football in February 2013, but then returned to the sport with MLS club LA Galaxy three months later and won the MLS Cup.