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Thanks for this! I really hope the bridges can be repaired and we have one unified sport.

I also hope that the vision for the game goes beyond 5-10 years. We set up a NSD, then what? It would be great if there was a collective vision for the game – maybe it does end at two divisions, maybe it goes to 4, maybe all the divisions down to a very local level are tied together. Would just be nice to know the grand plan for the game – I think it would help supporters get behind the cause and give them hope that football could rule Australia (whether that eventuates or not is a separate issue – it’s hope that drives fans).

It’s time to finally scrap the name ‘Socceroos’

100% agree with the Aussie’s giving everything shorter, punchier nicknames. But often the nickname isn’t the official name – ie. When you see a sign to a service station it doesn’t say ‘servo’ and the AFL’s official name isn’t the Australian ‘Footy’ League.

Look, I don’t think we tell supporters what they can and can’t call the team! Nobody has the right to police what nickname fans use – Maybe it even evolves to ‘Rooies’ over time – who knows! But I think setting the official name (the one referred to on the website/social media/advertising/commentary as ‘Australia’ which is has more dignity commands more respect is definitely preferable.

It’s time to finally scrap the name ‘Socceroos’

You make some good point Paul. Begs the question, why did they try and change the name of the game to football?

It’s time to finally scrap the name ‘Socceroos’

Don’t you think that given we’re not the number one sport and many Australians look down on the game, we should lay down the foundations for a respectable presence?

It’s easy to say winning = respect but it was only a few years ago that we won the Asian Cup. Our manager at the time said that he expected that it would be a seminal moment and that the team would be celebrated and bestowed with honours. It didn’t happen.

I’m definitely not saying a removing our team name fixes everything. But I do think as well as doing as doing everything right on the pitch, we need to have some self respect and take every opportunity necessary to elevate our national team’s brand.

It’s time to finally scrap the name ‘Socceroos’

From most of these comments I get the feeling that it might have been the wrong move to change from calling it Soccer to Football.

It’s time to finally scrap the name ‘Socceroos’

To be honest, it’s something that’s always got under my skin and would be really easy to change if deemed necessary.

I know there are much bigger issues in the game and I was tempted to write about the A-League or our youth system but these are so complex and as a fan, I really only understand the tip of the iceberg.

From what your just mentioned, I’d be really interested in learning more about why Melbourne should host more games, how the A-League can reduce food and drink prices (or do they even introduce some kind of tailgating approach that involves the local community?) and how the U23’s brand can be elevated so there is more interest from TV networks.

Write an article! I’d be keen to read it.

It’s time to finally scrap the name ‘Socceroos’

I don’t agree with the history explanation but I understand your reasoning.

I think your point about simply liking the name is great! I’m honestly taken back by how many supporters have a strong connection with it. I had no idea this was the case until I read all the passionate comments on here. I think that alone is enough to keep the name.

It’s time to finally scrap the name ‘Socceroos’

I don’t understand how getting rid of the team nickname is a disservice to former players or disrespecting history. It just doesn’t make sense.

Not a single player walks onto the pitch to play for a nickname or a brand, they play for our country, Australia.

It’s time to finally scrap the name ‘Socceroos’

I didn’t say they weren’t. I said it’s not their primary name. If you need evidence of this look at the ‘England’ national team website and the ‘England’ social media pages and then compare them with the ‘Socceroos’ website and ‘Socceroos’ social media pages.

It’s time to finally scrap the name ‘Socceroos’

I’ve lived in the UK during the last World Cup. I would chat people’s ears off about football and not once did someone refer to the team as ‘The Three Lions.’

Yes, it’s in the song and features in newspaper headlines but it’s not their primary name. They use it as an occasional nickname, we use ‘Socceroos’ as our primary name.

It’s time to finally scrap the name ‘Socceroos’

I never mentioned Americans or Brits mocking our name and if this was the sole reason behind my argument to change it, I completely agree with you – it would be childish.

It’s time to finally scrap the name ‘Socceroos’

The Matilda’s is a good nickname. It’s simple and doesn’t attach itself to a term for the game that our governing body tried to stamp out. I don’t think you can put it in the same basket as the Socceroos.

It’s time to finally scrap the name ‘Socceroos’

To be honest, I had no idea people cherished the name so much until the comments on the article started rolling in.

I’m not too worried about marketing -just looking at the bigger picture and gaining that pride and respect our national team deserves. Graham Arnold talked about Tuesday being a national holiday. If we are to get point where a national holiday for a big game is actually plausible… would it be more likely to happen for the ‘Socceroos’ or ‘Australia’? Again… it’s a one percenter so don’t bite my head off for suggesting the decision will solely rely on the name.

It’s time to finally scrap the name ‘Socceroos’

Thanks Brendan. I’m really surprised by the comments – I thought I’d get a lot more support given that most of my mates share my view.

To be honest, seeing the passion and love for the current name makes me a bit more comfortable with it. I’m certainly not going to continue to push for change if it would upset the majority of supports.

It’s time to finally scrap the name ‘Socceroos’

A lot of people on here are talking about recognition. Can you explain a real world consequence of just being ‘Australia’? (Like our men’s cricket team)

It’s time to finally scrap the name ‘Socceroos’

To be completely honest, I wouldn’t have as bigger problem with it if we all just called the game Soccer.

When the A-League launched, they did the massive campaign to change every club in Australia from an SC to an FC. From this moment on players, coaches and pundits would only refer to it as football. I got on board with this because I wanted to support the game but it hasn’t really caught on the way they imagined it would and now we’re left in limbo. And for a game that’s really divided in this country, it’s a bit sad we can’t just call it by the same name.

It’s time to finally scrap the name ‘Socceroos’

Win something? Like another Asian Cup?

It’s time to finally scrap the name ‘Socceroos’

Exactly… what will happen? Will people tune in for France v Australia in a few months thinking the Wallabies are playing?

Our cricket team hasn’t got a nickname and have been the most popular national team for large periods of time. Why don’t they suffer from the identity crisis that everyone thinks will happen if the socceroos lose their nickname?

It’s time to finally scrap the name ‘Socceroos’

Facebook to Meta is a really good analogy. While it may seem pointless and confusing right now… in 5 years time nobody will question it because it’s reflective of where company will be. I see changing/removing the Socceroos name as the same process – people will get annoyed and question it now but in 5 years time, everyone will realise it was the right move.

It’s time to finally scrap the name ‘Socceroos’

I understand where you’re coming from but to say that it is the most cherished and respected name in Australian sport is just plain false. Try telling that to ardent afl fans, Queensland rugby league supporters or rugby union die-hards – that’s a large chunk of our sporting community. I’ve even got mates who sit up to watch their epl teams week-in week-out and couldn’t be bothered setting the alarm for the Peru match. Don’t get me wrong, I love love love the team and want to see them succeed more than anything in the world… but you can’t deny that there isn’t plenty of room to grow.

One of the most important things for football in this country is unity… between our local teams, the NPL, the A-League and the national team. How can we even begin to imagine what unity looks like if we can’t even agree on what to call the sport?

It’s time to finally scrap the name ‘Socceroos’

I think it’s broken for the reasons mentioned in the article.

I’d really like to know why you think it’s good? And be objective – playing the like / not like game will get us nowhere

It’s time to finally scrap the name ‘Socceroos’

I’m not saying soccer is derogatory phrase. I’m simply stating that a tonne of time/money/effort went into creating unified approach years ago… but the name the ‘Socceroos’ undermines everything.

It’s time to finally scrap the name ‘Socceroos’

I didn’t mention exposure. If we’re purely fixated on getting more exposure, we should wear Wiggles costumes to the World Cup.

As I mentioned in the article, it’s about pride and respect.

It’s time to finally scrap the name ‘Socceroos’

Also, would love to see the white socks!

It’s time to finally scrap the name ‘Socceroos’

100% it’s not the most pressing issue.

Like I mentioned it the article it’s a one percenter that can easily be implemented.

The issues that I’m sure you are alluding to are complex and require time and investment, and are completely out of the hands of the fans.

It’s time to finally scrap the name ‘Socceroos’

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