NCIP: Should Clubs Revert To Previous Names?

Pan Hellenic, Sydney Croatia, Avala, Sydney Macedonia.

All iconic names of iconic clubs around Sydney, now better known as Sydney Olympic, Sydney United 58, Bonnyrigg White Eagles and Bankstown City Lions.

With the announcement from the FFA last month to dump the, as some clubs labeled it ‘racist’ NCIP and replace it with a diversity and inclusion policy, there are talks of clubs reverting to their previous names.

At least 8 South Australian clubs are considering reverting to previous names or badges and there is speculation that many clubs around Australia may follow suit.

It is our belief, or at least the belief of this author that it is best that current clubs keep their current names and branding.

I can see the pitchforks and torches already, but hear me out.

Football has moved on from the ethnic battle lines of “old soccer” (for the most part) and now represents communities beyond their original ethnicity. I know many non Croatians that follow Sydney United and many non Macedonians that follow Rockdale City Suns.

However, I do believe that clubs should look at ways to better incorporate their heritage. Marconi for example have traded in their blue kits for kits that resemble the Italian flag.

Marconi 2018 Kits

Such homages might include a flag on the back of the jersey similar to what Avondale who infamously had to cover it up in the FFA Cup.

The infamous black tape

Another option might be to better incorporate the flag or country colours as part of the home or away kit.

In the case of Bonnyrigg, a move away from their current logo with the distasteful boomerang in it would be favourable.

Didn’t see the boomerang before? You have now

I love the heritage of our game. It should be celebrated and appreciated. As an Anglo I can appreciate that if it weren’t for the European and South American immigrants football in the country wouldn’t be what it is today.

However, if teams have aspirations of playing in a national second or third division, it would be foolish to use an ethnic name as part of the branding.

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